At long last, Philly’s real boxing hero is getting a statue

joe frazier - Larry NowlanRocky resonates around the world as Philly’s boxing legend, but Smokin’ Joe Frazier was the real deal.

Now, Frazier will be duly memorialized with his own bronze statue in South Philly outside the awfully named Xfinity Live! at 11th Street and Pattison Avenue.

Organizers say they’ve raised enough money to move forward. The eight-foot statue, which will be created by Larry Nowlan, the same artist who did the Harry Kalas statue at Citizens Bank Park, the mayor’s office announced yesterday.

KYW reports:

The statue depicts Frazier, his left arm outstretched downward after landing a punch in the first Ali fight. $160,000 was raised with the help of boxer Bernard Hopkins and the Cordish and Hand families. The statue is expected to be unveiled this time next year.

Now, don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the other boxing statue around the corner from Passyunk Post world headquarters. Joey Giardello was actually the first real Philadelphia boxer to be commemorated with a statue, which is on the triangle of Passyunk, 13th and Mifflin streets. Hang around there for any significant period of time, and you’ll see someone pretending to get punched.


That's author Charlie Redner, on who's blog we found this photo of the statue's 2011 dedication
That’s author Charlie Redner, on who’s blog we found this photo of the statue’s 2011 dedication


One thought on “At long last, Philly’s real boxing hero is getting a statue

  • April 25, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Finally! An answer to Bill Burr’s Philadelphia rant (Youtube[dot]com – /watch?v=0S4nSzE4N-o) that included a comment about us having a statue to a fictitious character, while not having one for a true Philadelphia legend.

    Too bad it’s outside of Xfinity Live, but better than nothing!

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