Tuesday, November 8, 2011

RIP Smokin' Joe Frazier

Boxer Joe Frazier died today after a long battle with cancer. I'll always remember Frazier for the cameo he made in the first Rocky movie (1976). In this picture, he was staring down the champ, Apollo Creed, whom he accused of "ducking him" in the film. Seconds earlier, he had gone to Rocky's corner and told him to "go light on him, kid". With the fictional Creed being the heavy favorite, I thought that was one of many clever lines in the movie.

Interestingly, Frazier was a real life champ from Philadelphia. And although they have a statue for the fictional Rocky character, there is no statue for Frazier. This, in spite of the fact that Frazier returned to Philly at the end of his career and trained young aspiring boxers. Hopefully, that will change once the Philadelphia mayor reads my blog...


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