Joe Frazier statue design approved

Updated: December 4, 2013, 2:18 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- More than two years after his death, Joe Frazier has won another decision: The Philadelphia Art Commission has unanimously approved a design for a statue honoring the former heavyweight champion.

KYW-TV reports the sculpture will depict Frazier landing a left hook that knocked down Muhammad Ali during their 1971 title fight at Madison Square Garden.

Plans for the statue to honor Frazier, who died Nov. 7, 2011, were delayed after the original sculptor, Lawrence Nowlan, passed away in July.

Philadelphia sculptor Stephen Layne submitted the design approved Wednesday.

"I chose that pivotal point in his career where he knocks down Ali," Layne said. "One of the noble things about that and about him and his character was, in the instant that he did that, he simply ... walked back to his corner as if it was just another job to do. And that really was his attitude toward boxing."


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