Home News Afro Briefs Originally published April 25, 2013

Sculptor Chosen to Create Joe Frazier Statue in Philadelphia

by Associated Press

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    In this Dec. 14, 1970, file photo, Joe Frazier poses for a photograph at the World Wide Studio. Representatives of Frazier's estate tell The Philadelphia Inquirer that plans are being laid to erect a statue honoring the late heavyweight boxing champ that would be unveiled in 2013. Frazier died on Nov. 7, 2011, at the age of 67 after battling liver cancer. Photo/J. Spencer Jones (AP File Photo)

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PHILADELPHIA— 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 April 24 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 said he was sure that Nowlan, who created the Harry Kalas Memorial Statue at Citizens Bank Park, would capture the "tenacity, energy and spirit" of Frazier, who died in November 2011 of liver cancer.

"Smokin' Joe" slugged his way to the heavyweight title in 1971 by becoming the first boxer to beat Muhammad Ali. They fought two more classic bouts, including 1975's "Thrilla in Manila." Frazier lost both rematches.

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