Review — “Bouts Of Mania: Ali, Frazier, Foreman, And An America On The Ropes”

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...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Boxing Legend Jimmy Ellis Dies

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...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Bernard Hopkins makes donation to help complete Joe Frazier statue in Philadelphia

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...
Via Pro Boxing Fans
April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Frazier's ex-manager recalls Mandela's great gift

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  |  Discuss

Starting Lineups: Joe Frazier’s Statue Is Finally Approved, 20 Years Too Late

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...
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December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Philly Art Commission OKs Frazier statue design

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 ( ) 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  |  Discuss

Frazier statue finds new life

Joe Frazier's statue has found new life on the two-year anniversary of the former heavyweight champion's death. Frazier's statue was set to be erected by spring 2014 at an entertainment complex near Philadelphia's three sports stadiums near the now-demolished Spectrum, an arena where he fought. Plans to place the Frazier tribute in the same complex that is already...
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November 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Frazier statue finds new life 2 years after death

Joe Frazier's statue has found new life on the two-year anniversary of the former heavyweight champion's death. Frazier's statue was set to be erected by spring 2014 at an entertainment complex near Philadelphia's three sports stadiums near the now-demolished Spectrum, an arena where he fought. Plans to place the Frazier tribute in the same complex that is already...
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November 07, 2013  |  Discuss

New TIME Magazine covers book includes iconic sports photos & stories, including Ali vs. Frazier & Joe Louis

Today, TIME’s Inside the Red Border: A History of Our World, Told Through the Pages of TIME Magazine will hit bookstores nationwide, offering the editor’s perspective on the most influential, riveting and memorable covers. From heroes to tragedies, TIME has covered it all, and this book provides a historic narrative of those moments featured within the signature red border. That...
Via Pro Boxing Fans
October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Marianne Marston returns on July 5th undercard for Retzke-Lauren title fight

Marianne Marston, the young woman dubbed ‘Golden Girl’ by the late, great Heavyweight legend Smokin’ Joe Frazier, is set to return to the scene of her sensational debut in April, the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Friday, July 5th, where she will take part in the Dave Murphy, in association with Acourtier Events, promoted ‘Independence Day’ show, which will be headlined...
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May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Joe Frazier's gym in Philly gets historic status

The Philadelphia gym where former heavyweight champ Joe Frazier lived and trained has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. Preservation officials say they were notified Tuesday of the designation by the National Park Service. They say it will help protect the building and commemorate Frazier's legacy. Frazier converted the three-story north Philadelphia building...
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April 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Artist chosen for Philly statue of boxer Frazier

An artist has been chosen to create a Philadelphia statue in honor of late hometown boxing great Joe Frazier. Mayor Michael Nutter said in a statement Wednesday that Lawrence Nowlan will create the statue to be erected by spring 2014 at an entertainment complex near Philadelphia's three sports stadiums near the now-demolished Spectrum, an arena where Frazier fought. Nutter...
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April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Heavyweight March Madness: The Elite 8

The Heavyweight Madness Tournament continues with the Elite 8 matches.  There were some very compelling match-ups of these all-time greats in this round, after the field was whittled down in the Sweet Sixteen. Here is how things unfolded: 1. Muhammad Ali vs. 9. Joe Frazier Well documented past between these two.  Let’s do it one more time. The fight begins: Not surprisingly...
Via Pro Boxing Fans
March 25, 2013  |  Discuss

A win for Carmouche over Rousey is a positive for the UFC

Yes, you read that right. Let me repeat myself. A win for Liz Carmouche tonight over Ronda Rousey is a positive for the UFC. I'm here to tell you why.  Did people still tune in to see Fedor after he lost? What about Georges St Pierre after he got ko'ed by Matt Serra, Tyson after Douglas, Ali after got beat by Joe Frazier. The list goes on. Rousey is a star. You don'...
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February 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Joe Frazier’s son Derek featured on MTV’s Made on Saturday

Derek Frazier, the youngest son of Hall of Fame boxer Smokin' Joe Frazier, has always held an extreme admiration for his late father and long sought out a way to honor his legacy in a way that would make him proud. MTV has provided the platform for the 21-year-old Frazier to do just that, and a worldwide audience will be witness when the reality series Made returns this...
Via Pro Boxing Fans
January 03, 2013  |  1 Comment

WFAN's Tony Paige thought it hilarious that Joe Frazier almost drowned during 'Superstars'

Joe Frazier competed in a swimming event during the inaugural Superstars on ABC. Asked if he only made it halfway, Joe said, "I can't swim." Few weeks ago, WFAN's Tony Paige was reminiscing about the... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~
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December 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Muhammad Ali gloves sell for $380k, entire Dundee collection goes for $1.3 million

Two significant pairs of Muhammad Ali fight-worn gloves - Ali’s (then Cassius Clay) gloves from his February 25, 1964 bout against Sonny Liston and his gloves from his March 8, 1971 bout against Joe Frazier (Ali-Frazier I) – each sold for $385,848 in a SCP Auctions’ November auction which concluded early Saturday.  The sale of these two items sets a world-record price for...
Via Pro Boxing Fans
December 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Frazier's bond with Philadelphia tighter in death

In the year after his death, Joe Frazier's legacy is stronger than ever in Philadelphia. There's just something about boxing champions and this city - a 1-2 combo that perseveres through time: - A fundraising venture for a statue near Philadelphia's three sports stadiums is in the works for the former heavyweight title holder. - Preservationists are seeking to save...
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November 15, 2012  |  Discuss

George Chuvalo: As tough as they come

Chuvalo Stood Up to Ali, Foreman, Frazier & More George Chuvalo (73-18-2, 64 KOs) didn't always win, but he never disappointed.  The toughest heavyweight of the 1960s and 1970s, Chuvalo was a throwback to boxing's rough and tumble 1930s.  As Nat Fleischer observed:  "Scientific boxing is not part of Chuvalo’s equipment".  And Rocky Marciano, who at...
Via Pro Boxing Fans
October 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Philly mayor calls for Frazier statue

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...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Philly mayor kicks off campaign for Frazier statue

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...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Joe Frazier statue at Xfinity Live

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...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Estate: Philly planning Frazier statue

Plans are in the works to erect a statue honoring late heavyweight boxing champ Joe Frazier in his hometown of Philadelphia. Representatives of Frazier's estate tell The Philadelphia Inquirer plans are being laid for a statue at the South Philadelphia sports complex that would be unveiled next year. Frazier died in November at the age of 67 after battling liver cancer. Born...
Via Fox Sports
September 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Phelps needed Lochte to push him

Down went Frazier, and so began a legend. Regardless of whether Muhammad Ali is a shell of his former self in Friday's opening ceremony, he always will be, in my mind, as he was that day in Manila with Joe Frazier: vicious and ruthless and somehow greater than he had ever been. He and Frazier became immortal in that ring, their names forever intertwined as a result and their...
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July 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Joe Frazier's Gym From 'Fight of the Century' Listed as Endangered Historic Building

The Fight of the Century marked the beginning of perhaps boxing's greatest rivalry ever, the first of three bouts between Muhammed Ali and Joe Frazier, and the only one from which Frazier emerged victorious. Well, it may not be as famous as the "Rocky Steps" -- the 72 steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art which the gymn where Frazier trained for the famous...
June 06, 2012  |  Discuss
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