New York Post/Page Six
Boxing Bout Hall of Shame
January 9, 1999

THE light heavyweight who will square off against champ Roy Jones on Jan. 9 has a killer punch - literally. Though recent stories about challenger Ricky Frazier don't mention the incident, he once killed a man with his bare hands. Frazier, who's also a city cop, was driving along Eighth Street one night in May 1991 when he got into a dispute with two "squeegees," as he described them. One of the men, Grady Alexis, a Haitian friends described as an "artist," allegedly hit Frazier's blue Jeep (license plate "Boxer 5") with his jacket. Frazier and his passenger got out and fists flew. Alexis ended up dead after hitting his head on the curb. Frazier and his friend were cleared of any wrongdoing. Roy Jones' promoter Murad Muhammad, trying to generate interest in the upcoming HBO bout, recently said, "One punch can make [Frazier] great. One punch can make history. One punch can make him a lot of money." Paul DeRienzo, who covered the death of Alexis as a reporter for WBAI radio, told PAGE SIX: "The big punch in Frazier's career - the one that killed Grady Alexis - should be the punch Ricky Frazier is remembered for." The weird thing is Frazier, who is 39 and been fighting professionally for six years, doesn't have much of a punch in the ring, with just seven knockouts in 22 bouts. Frazier is given no chance against Jones, considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Frazier says, "I know sportswriters don't believe in me. But I've been a cop for 17 years, the most hated profession in the world. And I'm a professional athlete."

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THE ORIGINAL ASSSAULT BY FRAZIER OCCURED IN MANHATTAN, NYC ON MAY 4, 1991. FRAZIER WAS INDICTED FOR A MISDEMEANOR AND LATER ACQUITTED.

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