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Joe Frazier's Gym granted historical status

Frazier's North Philadelphia gym was added Tuesday to the National Register of Historic Places.

Joe Frazier's Gym reached historical status on Tuesday night. Photo courtesy of Wiki Commons. Joe Frazier's Gym reached historical status on Tuesday night. Photo courtesy of Wiki Commons.

Even Joe Frazier's Gym doesn't go down without a fight.

Frazier's North Philadelphia gym was added Tuesday to the National Register of Historic Places.

The gym, which currently is occupied by a discount furniture store, will be preserved with the help of federal funds.

"Smokin'" Joe Frazier, a former Olympic gold medalist and world heavyweight champion, died in November 2011. He lost the gym after suffering financial difficulties.

With the help of Temple University architecture students who advocated for the gym's preservation, it was granted historical status, Sen. Pat Toomey announced yesterday.

A statue of Frazier will be erected outside Xfinity Live! by 2014.

 
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