Smokin' Joe Frazier and his backing band 'The Knockouts' arrive in Belfast to play dates on an Irish tour.
Former world heavyweight boxing champion Joseph William Frazier, also known as Smokin' Joe, is in Ireland to entertain with his singing and not his fists. Joe Frazier arrives at Belfast airport where he is greeted by fans and signs autographs.
Joe Frazier fought and beat Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) on 8 March 1971 at Madison Square Garden when both were undefeated heavyweights..
The planned tour of Ireland was to include Magilligan Point in Derry, the Royal Ballroom in Castlebar, the Shamrock Lodge Hotel in Athlone, Hotel Nuremore in Carrickmacross, and the National Stadium in Dublin. However, the tour did not go to plan with poor ticket sales and attendances and cancelled shows.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 June 1971. The footage shown here is mute.