Memphis Mayor Takes on Joe Frazier In Charity Boxing Match

Memphis (AP) -- Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton's exhibition boxing match with former heavyweight champ Joe Frazier was down right polite.

Neither fighter launched a serious punch over the three one-minute rounds last night. The only threat of injury came in the third when Frazier stumbled and fell into the ropes.

Smokin' Joe, now 62, needed a little push from his handlers to get into the ring to start. And the 66-year-old mayor showed a bit of dance throughout the bout.

The mayor, a former amateur boxing champion, tapped Frazier occasionally on the chest or forehead, as if to show where a punch might land if one was actually thrown.

The fighters hugged and grinned after the final bell and received a standing ovation from the crowd in a ballroom of the Peabody Hotel.

Tables at the charity event to raise money for the city's drug court went for $3,500 to $10,000 each.

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