Frazier's bond with Philadelphia tighter in death
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In the year after his death, Joe Frazier's legacy is stronger than ever in Philadelphia.
There's just something about boxing champions and this city — a 1-2 combo that perseveres through time:
— A fundraising venture for a statue near Philadelphia's three sports stadiums is in the works for the former heavyweight title holder.
— Preservationists are seeking to save Frazier's former gym, which served as his training site and a neighborhood anchor in north Philadelphia. Frazier sold the building in 2008.
— There's a "Fight Night" planned at City Hall for a one-time showing of his 1971 "Fight of the Century" bout against Muhammad Ali.
— His former manager is trying to write a book on Frazier.
— And last week, Frazier was put to rest in a newly designed crypt that his children had built for him. Floyd Mayweather Jr. helped pay for the more fitting resting place.
Frazier died Nov. 7, 2011 after a brief battle with liver cancer at the age of 67.