Posted September 12, 2012 on
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The late boxing great Joe Frazier may get a statue in his hometown of Philadelphia.
Mayor Michael Nutter joined members of Frazier's family on Wednesday to announce a fundraising campaign for the sculpture.
Nutter says the goal is to raise $150,000, which will pay for the memorial and a maintenance fund.
''Smokin' Joe'' was a former heavyweight champion and the first fighter to beat Muhammad Ali. Frazier died last year of liver cancer at age 67.
His statue will be placed at Xfinity Live, an entertainment complex near Philadelphia's three sports stadiums.
A spokesman for the complex announced a $25,000 donation to kick-start the fundraising campaign.
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Move over, Rocky. Make way for Smokin' Joe.
The mayor of Philadelphia kicked off a campaign Wednesday to raise money for a statue of hometown boxing great Joe Frazier, a tribute he called ''long overdue.''
Joined by members of Frazier's family, Mayor Michael Nutter praised the onetime heavyweight champion as a fearless, determined fighter and ''a...
Philadelphia, PA – A statue on honour of the late boxer Joe Frazier, which will be erected at Xfinity Live in 2013. It will be in the cemter South Philadelphia’s sports complex. It will viewed by the millions of fans the complex attracts each year.
The announcement came Wednesday afternoon from Mayor Michael Nutter and Joe Frazier’s family. Frazier passed away less...