Funeral of Boxing Great “Smoking” Joe Frazier held today


A boxing icon. Here is a peek at the upcoming documentary on Frazier “When the Smoke Clears”.

Joe Frazier: When the Smoke Clears from Riverhorse

I think what a lot of folks don’t realize is that Philadelphia was about as big in the boxing world as Vegas is now. Ali trained in South Jersey, right across the bridge and Frazier, initially sponsored by the Cloverlay Group in Philadelphia. Ali will attend the funeral.

I always had a problem with the idolization of Rocky over the commemoration of Frazier. Apparently, a Frazier statue may be in the works. Hopefully, if not by the pro sports complex, it’s near a boxing gym in the North Philly area where his gym (now a furniture store) was for years.