Found April 25, 2013 on ROUND1MAG:
by Alex Neely In Philadelphia, at the intersection of North Broad St. and Glenwood Ave., a three-story, brick building stands like the tallest headstone in a cemetary, the words “Joe Frazier’s Gym” stenciled in washed-out letters. A former home to “Smokin” Joe and children seeking refuge from gang violence, the gym is now a discount furniture store. A sign on the window reads “Knockout Prices.” This Dickensian “homage” is the only sign of the former heavyweight champion in Philadelphia. (A strange fact, after you consider a statue of Rocky Balboa from the movie “Rocky,” a fictional character has stood at the base of the Philadelphia Art Museum since 2006.) However, organizers have officially announced that fundraising is complete and a statue honoring Joe Frazier will be erected. Frazier is being memorialized in bronze, with an eight-foot statue outside Xfinity Live! at 11th and Pattison. Sculptor Larry Nowlan, who created the fan-funded Harry Kalas statue at Citizens Bank Park, w...

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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