It was a long time coming. A statue of the pugilist Joe Frazier is nearly finished in its physical expression and it will be unveiled soon.
The statue’s sculptors have taken extra care to capture that split second in time when Joe was poised to deliver the TKO that made Ali go down like a crashing giant.
The biggest battle of the 100 years that spanned the 20th century was when Frazier, who was insultingly called an Uncle Tom by the proud and arrogant Ali, threw him to the ground with a single punch that had his full weight behind him.
The sculptor of this statue, Stephen Layne, plans on uncovering it in Joe Frazier’s home state of Philadelphia in honor of the greatest boxer there ever was or ever will be.
Already, there is a stone figure of the legendary boxer Rocky in the shape of Sly Stallone in Philly Land.
This has prompted civil rights leader, Jesse Jackson to announce that while Stallone merely acted in a movie, Joe’s actions took place in the real world out there which was a much tougher and more brutal place than the celluloid “reel” life.
After a great deal of protest and due process of law, the statue of Frazier has met with approval from the authorities. The actual sculptor died before the statue had reached completion and thus Layne took over.
He has however so painstakingly worked to make it super-realistic that one of the daughters of Frazier started weeping hysterically upon seeing it for the first time.
Frazier was the man who proved that you can beat an expert boxer and all-rounder who is reputed to have said that “I am the greatest”. Joe was a very strong and able player in the fighting game and he had a caliber that few possess in the world of professional heavyweight boxing.