PHILADELPHIA (AP) For many Philadelphia tourists, the Rocky statue is a must-see - even if it is a movie prop depicting a fictional boxer.
Could a sculpture of real-life heavyweight champion Joe Frazier draw as many admirers?
Artist Stephen Layne is finishing up a 9-foot-tall clay version of ''Smokin' Joe,'' which captures Philly's hometown hero in mid-punch...
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September 02, 2014
It seems an eternity since the heavyweight division was relevant. As a teenager in the 1990s, I watched awestruck as Evander Holyfield, Riddick Bowe, Lennox Lewis and a couple of others temporarily loaned each other the title. Back then being the heavyweight champion of the world made you famous, and it was big business. There was a time before that though, when heavyweight boxing...
Former heavyweight champion, James “Jimmy” Ellis, passed away on Tuesday in a Louisville hospital, reports ABC News. In recent years, Ellis suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Ellis, who sparred with a young Muhammed Ali, held the WBA heavyweight belt from 1968-1970, before losing the title to Joe Frazier in a unification title match.
Both Ellis and Ali trained...
Bernard"The Alien" Hopkins is pleased to announce that he and Golden Boy Promotions have made a significant donation to fund the completion of the previously announced Joe Frazier statue that will stand nine feet tall outside of Xfinity Live in Philadelphia's sports stadium complex (corner of Patterson and 11th Street).
Credit: Stephen Layne
"Seeing this statue...
Joe Frazier was humbled, and had to find the right symbolic gift to present to Nelson Mandela.
Smokin' Joe wanted Mandela to know he was a true champion.
No autographed picture, no robe, no gloves. Those wouldn't be good enough for this. Frazier, instead, picked the World Boxing Council heavyweight championship belt he was awarded after defeating Muhammad Ali in 1971.
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December 08, 2013
The biggest travesty in Philadelphia sports/culture history is finally, mercifully about to come to an end. Joe Frazier, one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time, the man who defeated an in-his-prime Muhammad Ali, the man who stood toe to toe with “The Greatest” for three epic fights, will get his knockdown of Ali […]The post Starting Lineups: Joe Frazier’s Statue...
Joe Frazier has won another decision more than two years after his death: The Philadelphia Art Commission has unanimously approved a design for a statue honoring the former heavyweight boxing champ.
KYW-TV (http://cbsloc.al/1bgNYbU ) reports the sculpture will depict Frazier landing a left hook that knocked down Muhammad Ali during their 1971 title fight at Madison Square Garden...
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December 04, 2013