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Column: Ali, Frazier and the cost of the Thrilla in Manilla

It was, Muhammad Ali would later say, the closest thing to death he had ever known. He and Joe Frazier had gone 14 brutal rounds in stifling heat of a Philippines morning before Frazier's trainer Eddie Futch mercifully signaled things to an end, his fighter blind and battered and feeling pretty close to death himself. It was the final time the two fighters would meet in a trilogy...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Statue honoring former heavyweight champ Frazier unveiled

PHILADELPHIA (AP) A statue honoring former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier was unveiled Saturday. The 12-foot, 1,200-pound bronze sculpture, designed by artist Stephen Layne, depicts Frazier throwing a left hook that floored Muhammad Ali in the 15th round of their championship bout on March 8, 1971, at Madison Square Garden. ''I found my inspiration in a photo of Frazier...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Photo Gallery: Joe Frazier Statue Unveiling In Philly

Photos by Darryl Cobb PHILADELPHIA, PA – With family, friends, and boxing luminaries on hand iconic figure Joe Frazier, one of boxing’s greatest treasures, became immortalized in physical form in front of Xfinity Live in Philadelphia on Saturday. Family and friends pulled the green shroud off the 12 foot bronze statue in front of several hundred fans at the corner of Pattison...
Via BadCulture
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Frazier statue to be unveiled in Philadelphia on Sept 12th

XFINITY Live! Philadelphia is set to unveil a new 12-foot bronze statue commemorating Joe Frazier, one of the most iconic Philadelphia athletes in history, during a free, open-to-the-public ceremony at XFINITY Live! on Saturday, September 12 at 1 p.m. XFINITY Live! and Joe Hand Promotions were the lead contributors for this memorial. Statue artist Stephen Layne recreated Frazier...
Via Pro Boxing Fans
September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

“Must Have Been A Helluva Fight, ‘Cause I’m Sure Tired”

Sports Illustrated asked me to cover the post fight activities – how the winner would spend the evening – which I expected would involve following Muhammad Ali around on a hectic evening of celebration. George Plimpton had expected a party. Sports Illustrated had asked him to cover Muhammad Ali’s celebrations after his March 1971 fight against Joe Frazier in Madison Square...
Via Bloguin Best
August 23, 2015  |  Discuss

UFC: previewing The Thrilla in Manila

This weekend’s UFC fight card takes place in Manila, which is located in the Philippines.  It’s also home to the third and final fight between Muhammed Ali and Joe Frazier, aptly named the “Thrilla in Manilla”.  This weekend’s fight between Frankie Edger and Uriah Faber might not be Ali vs. Frazier III but they are both legends of the UFC and this match-up should be a...
May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Top 5 fighters who deserve a break in 2015

Joe Frazier once said that boxing was the only sport where you could get "your brain shook, your money took", and for some fighters that phrase rings truer than it does for most others. Boxing is aesthetically a violent sport, but what goes on outside the ring can often do more damage than that which occurs inside the squared circle. Some fighters spend all their careers trying to...
Via Pro Boxing Fans
January 21, 2015  |  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. Mandela...
Via AP on Fox
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...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
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...
Via AP on Fox
December 04, 2013  |  Discuss

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