New Joe Frazier statue is 10 feet of badass

New Joe Frazier statue is 10 feet of badass
June 30, 2014, 2:45 pm
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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.