Pull your pants up!

Pull your pants up! No-nonsense thoughts from Smokin' Joe

Joe Frazier was a no-nonsense man, in the ring and out. There was never any pretense about him, and to call him "old school" would be an understatement. A small taste of those qualities came through in 2004, when he sat down with Esquire for its "What I've Learned" series. Take it away, Joe:

Nothin’ wrong with an ass whuppin’ every now and then. You take away the ass whuppin’s and what do you get? You get people wearin’ pants below their belly buttons. I’m tellin’ you, you go out these days and see the crack of a young lady’s butt. It’s crazy, man. They should be locked up for indecent exposure. Look here. See? Suspenders! And a belt! I ain’t takin’ no chances.
Had my own car at twelve years old. Left school in the tenth grade. Married when I was sixteen. Ain’t hard to figure out; I was a man at a very young age.
I had my Olympic gold medal cut up into eleven pieces. Gave all eleven of my kids a piece. It’ll come together again when they put me down.


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