Memphis mayor returns to the boxing ring

Action News 5 has confirmed Memphis Mayor Willie W. Herenton, a champion golden gloves boxer in his youth, is now in-training and will return to the ring to box none other than former world heavyweight champion Smokin' Joe Frazier in Memphis this fall!

Herenton, born in 1940, now age 65-plus, a certified senior citizen, will box 62 year old Joe Frazier, the former world champion.

Joe Frazier boxed against Muhammad Ali and the likes of George Foreman!

Sources say the Herenton-Fraizer fight is to raise money for a local charity.

Action News Five is told that Herenton is training for the three round battle with Frazier to be held at The Peabody in September!

Mayor Herenton began boxing at age 11 at a Memphis Y-M-C-A. Through his teen years he won several A-A-U championships and won the Kentucky Golden Gloves. He's a four time Tri-State boxing champion and went to Chicago after high school to turn pro but said he had a change of heart after he witnessed acts of racial discrimination in the Windy City.

Herenton then enrolled in LeMoyne Owen and began training for his career as an educator; it's unclear whether he's boxed since the late 1950s!

Smokin' Joe Frazier last fought in 19-81 against a guy named Jumbo Cummings!