Plans are underway to finally honor Frazier with a statue, Philly.com reported Wednesday.
But at Frazier's funeral in November, the Rev. Jesse Jackson expressed the outrage that many in the sport felt that there was no statue commemorating Frazier's legendary career.
Rocky is fictitious. Joe was reality. Rocky's fists are frozen in stone. Joe's fists were smokin'
Frazier was born in Beaufort, S.C., but was as Philly as the Eagles, soft pretzels and cheesesteaks.
He defeated Muhammad Ali in "The Fight of the Century" on March 8, 1971, in what remains in some experts' minds the most significant fight in boxing history.
Once his career was over, Frazier was a tireless advocate for the city and its citizens.
It's beyond time the city recognized his contributions and significance.
The statue is being planned for South Philadelphia and will stand in front of Xfinity Live. A website, FrazierStatue.com, will be launched on Friday where donations can be made to help move the process along.
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