Joe Frazier Is a Fighter, Muhammad Ali Praying for Him
11/06/2011 AT 06:15 PM EST
Just hours after news broke on Sunday that former World Heavyweight champion Frazier, 67, is in hospice, suffering from liver cancer, his former competitor sent public prayers and well-wishes.
"The news about Joe is hard to believe and even harder to accept," Ali, 69, said in a statement to CBS. "Joe is a fighter and a champion and I am praying he is fighting now."
Keeping Frazier in his family's "daily prayers," Ali says, "Joe has a lot of friends pulling for him, and I'm one of them."