Joe Frazier knocking down Muhammad Ali with a brutal left hook will never be forgotten. Now, the moment is immortalized in a beautiful statue that will eventually reside at the sports complex in South Philadelphia.
The statue stands almost 10-feet tall and has been crafted in Fishtown by artist Stephen Lane.
"When this came about, I started hunting for it. I wanted to do this. This is something I thought was authentic to me," Lane said.
He based his likeness off of an array of photos of Smokin' Joe.
"[Frazier] looks like a lion in this great, great profile. That's one profile I focussed on a lot on the piece. There are different expressions, he doesn't always look mean and bad. He looks like someone open, wide-eyed, interested, and enthusiastic. So I try to get a lot of those elements at once."
No word just yet on when the statue will receive its finishing touches and be unveiled to the public. I have a feeling when it finally is, it'll be quite well received by Philly.