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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An artist has been chosen to create a Philadelphia statue in honor of late hometown boxing great Joe Frazier.

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Mayor Michael Nutter said in a statement Wednesday that Lawrence Nowlan will create the statue to be erected by spring 2014 at an entertainment complex near Philadelphia's three sports stadiums near the now-demolished Spectrum, an arena where Frazier fought.

Nutter said he was sure that Nowlan, who created the Harry Kalas Memorial Statue at Citizens Bank Park, would capture the ``tenacity, energy and spirit'' of Frazier, who died in November 2011 of liver cancer.

``Smokin' Joe'' slugged his way to the heavyweight title in 1971 by becoming the first boxer to beat Muhammad Ali. They fought two more classic bouts, including 1975's ``Thrilla in Manila.'' Frazier lost both rematches.

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