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 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.