By now several bloggers have covered the passing of boxing legend Joe Frazier. Fernandez also recently authored a piece on Smokin’ Joe’s passing. In addition he posed the question that I bring up anytime someone asks me about Frazier’s death: Where is Joe’s statue?
The most obvious means of acknowledging Frazier, and recognizing his contributions to the city he was so proud to call his own, would be to finally kick-start a campaign to erect a statue of him.
“There’s no way in the world you should come to Philadelphia and not recognize who Joe Frazier is,” Bernard Hopkins said Monday night.
A statue of the late former middleweight champion Joey Giardello was dedicated in South Philly earlier this year, and there is the “Rocky” statue on the grounds of the Art Museum.
Here’s my challenge to two heavy weights — one real and one fictional! How about Muhammad Ali’s organization team up with Sylvester Stallone to kick-start a campaign and get the Frazier statue built? It would generate a media splash, raise awareness for both stars, and in the process give Frazier some of the credit he deserves!
Let’s close this post with a teaser from a recent documentary on Joe Frazier.