Classy move, fellas:
The statue honoring Frazier will be located near the Xfinity Live! complex in South Philadelphia. It will be unveiled in 2013, according to Richard Hayden, who is is a liaison between Frazier’s estate, the city and Xfinity Live, which is his client.
An official announcement is scheduled for next week; Hayden said he is waiting for Mayor Nutter to return from this week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
Frazier died in November 2011 after a brief battle with liver cancer. He was 67.
The project is being completed with the support of the city. Donations are being accepted through the Fund for Philadelphia. A website, FrazierStatue.com, is set to launch Friday to provide information and solicit donations, Hayden said.
There is also an effort to turn the former location of Joe Frazier’s Gym on North Broad Street, now a discount furniture store, into a historic site.