Category Archives: “Smokin” Joe Frazier

Remembering Joe Frazier’s Gym

So I was driving today and passed the old Joe Frazier‘s gym. I had to pull over and take a photo. Unfortunately the gym closed down before my time. Who trained here back in the day?

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. Today it operates as a furniture outlet. Maybe one day it will be restored to its previous glory.

These old structures on North Broad street are still amazing…

Somebody tell me more about Yank Durham

I cracked open one of the magazines from my previous post while eating lunch and found a short story on Philly trainer Yank Durham.

Yank Durham article

It was a good read but it left me wanting to know more about his work as a trainer. This article says he guided Joe Frazier from the amateurs to press time which was the lead up to the fight Ali fight.

Did the two finish their careers together? Who else did Yank train during his career besides Smokin’ Joe?

I’ve heard about the man – but again – he is way before my day.

Somebody give me the word! — with Mickey Berry, Yancey Yank Durham and Smokin’ Joe Frazier.

R.I.P Smokin’ Joe Frazier who passed 4 years ago today

Shout out to the memory of Smokin’ Joe Frazier. This all-time Philly great knew how to fight, dress and have a good time! R.I.P. Champ…

Take a minute to vote for the recipient of the 2016 Smokin’ Joe Frazier Memorial Spirit Award at the next Salute to Philly Boxers Banquet. http://wilkesproductions.com/survey-nomination-form.html

Check out this Yank Durham article from an old edition of Boxing Illustrated

I recent came across a bunch of old boxing magazines from the 1970’s. I cracked one open while eating lunch and found a short story on Philly trainer Yank Durham.

Good read (full article posted in the bottom of the page) but it left me wanted to know more about his work as a trainer. This article says he guided Joe Frazier from the amateurs to press time which was the lead up to the fight Ali fight.

Did they finish out together? Who else did he train during his career? I’ve heard about the man – but again – he is way before my day. Somebody give me the word on which mag was the best back in the day!

Click the photo full screen and you can read the printed article.

Yank Durham

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Smokin’ Joe Frazier statue unveiled at Xfinity Live

After years of talk, the Joe Frazier statue now stands tall outside of Xfinity Live in South Philly. Artist Stephen Layne’s 12-foot-tall, 1,800-pound bronze bust was unveiled to the public on Saturday, September 12, 2015  in ceremony that was open to the public.

I’m too young to have known him while he was a pro but had the honor to meet and hang out with him a few times in his golden years.

The best memory of all was having dinner with the champ and his son Derek. He told great stories that ranged from blowing out Jerry Quarry to admitting how bad George Foreman “kicked my ass”. The best from a town that produced a lot of all-time greats.

What’s your favorite Smokin’ Joe moment?

Philly Keith Denise Joe Frazier 2011