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Frazier's bond with Philadelphia tighter in death

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Posted: Nov 15, 2012 1:59 PM

Updated: Nov 15, 2012 1:59 PM

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.

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