Relatives of Philadelphia boxing legend ”Smokin’ Joe” Frazier headed to Kentucky to return the favor that Muhammad Ali did upon their father’s death.
Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde, the eldest daughter of the former heavyweight champion, paid respects to Ali at his funeral in Louisville Friday.
Frazier-Lyde, affectionately nicknamed “Sister Smoke” by Ali, told NBC10 in Philadelphia she is emotional as she attends Ali’s funeral with her daughter, Sable.
Ali had been there for the Frazier family after Joe’s death in the fall of 2011. Ali even came to Philadelphia for his former rival’s funeral.
Frazier and Ali fought three times, with Ali winning the final two epic battles. Ali’s daughter Layla also battled Frazier-Lyde in the ring.
Ali died last Friday at 74 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Friday's procession and memorial service follow a traditional Muslim funeral service held Thursday afternoon. The faithful traveled from all over the world to pay their respects.
Frazier-Lyde, who goes by the name Jacqui, serves as a judge in Philadelphia.