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
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.