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Remembering Philadelphia Icon, Joe Frazier

Updated on September 4, 2013
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“…Rocky is fictitious, Joe was reality,” “… Rocky never faced Ali or Holmes or Foreman. Rocky never tasted his own blood. Champions are made in the ring, not in the movies”, Rev. Jesse Jackson

Truer words have never been spoken!

When a man like Rev. Jesse Jackson , who has work side by side with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and has dedicated his entire life to the Civil Rights Movement vouches for you character…well, it speaks volumes about what kind of man Joe Frazier was.

One of my cousins use to train in Joe Frazier’s Boxing Gymnasium, so I had the good fortune of meeting Joe in person a couple of times…and to this very day, I've never met a more Humble and Down to Earth Celebrity like him in my entire life.

He would flash this big smile at you and start talking as if he had known you his whole life.

For a kid from North Philly, it was a tremendous thrill to be able to talk like that with the former Heavyweight Champion of the World.

The fact that there appears to be a groundswell in Philadelphia to put up a statue honoring Joe Frazier, fills me up with pride inside.

Although, Rocky is one of my favorite sports movies of All-Time, I never fully subscribed to the idea of putting up a statue based on a fictional character like Rocky Balboa on the Liberty Steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum, even if the movie and Hollywood did manage to put Philadelphia on the map of this world.

“Whether it was the Mayor calling on him ( Joe Frazier) or a Charity calling on him, he never said no, and he never ask to be paid…”, Former Mayor, Edward Rendell.

“We have a whole generation of Philadelphia Sports Fans who need to be educated on ( Joe) Frazier’s career…”, Richard Hayden, liaison of Frazier’s Estate.

Yeap!, Sounds like they’re describing Joe alright…he always did make it difficult on folks to treat him like a celebrity!

It’s great to hear Joe is getting his just due. The man was a class act…from seating court-side watching the Philadelphia 76ers play the night before, and then holding court inside his gym the very next day.

From shaking hands with Doctor J, Julius Erving the night telling all of us kids the next day in his gym to keep our noses clean and stay out of trouble!

Joe Frazier epitomized boxing with heart, courage, and humbleness toward all men…and now sports’ fans want to honor his memory by placing a statue of Joe in South Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Fans have even launched a website called FrazierStatue.Com to garner donations for the project, which will also be helped along by the city…I think it’s an overdue honor for Joe and the Frazier Family.

God Bless and…Thank you Joe!

Written By: The Voice of One! Julio E. Olmo, Sr. Follow @jeolmoz2


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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I love boxing (said that in your hub about Muhamad Ali) and I love Joe not only because we shared the same birthday but he was indeed, a great man in and out of the ring.

      Lucky to have one of his autographed gloves in my possession (NOT selling it on ebay). I personally met him in 2008 in one of the charity boxing balls and was honored to have hugged by him and handed over a boxing glove in which he signed for me. That was phenomenal!

      And, this is a great read! Thanks.

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      It is great that Philly is going to designate the late Joe Frazier's gym as a historic site! I am not a big sports fan. However, I grew up watching a little boxing on the tube with my Dad! Your hub brought back good memories from yesteryear! Thank you!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I actually knew little about this man prior to reading your hub. Thanks for the info!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Great tribute - he sounds like a real stand up guy!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Joe sounds like a great guy and lucky you to have met him. I like the Rocky statue and every time I see a set of stairs I wanna run up them singing "feeling strong now!" lol