WASHINGTON -- Joe Frazier's North Philadelphia gym at the corner of North Broad Street and West Glenwood Avenue has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) said Tuesday.
“The gym embodies the many contributions that Frazier made to the people of Philadelphia as it is where he taught boxing to local youths and encouraged them to lead productive lives," Toomey said in a news release. "I am delighted that his community contributions are being recognized, and grateful to the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia for taking the lead on this issue.”
The alliance had submitted the application for a historic designation to the National Park Service.
"Philadelphia is the capital of boxing and I believe Joe Frazier's gym is the White House," Frazier's son, Marvis Frazier, said in a 2011 documentary, according to a recent Los Angeles Times story.
Frazier began training at the gym in 1968, and worked out there while preparing for 1971's "Fight of the Century" against Muhammad Ali, Toomey's release said.
“Joe Frazier moved to Pennsylvania as a young man and became a Philadelphia institution," Toomey said. "He epitomized one of the greatest eras in boxing during which he won 32 out of 37 career matches, won an Olympic gold medal, and was the world heavyweight champion from 1970-73. Frazier also made significant achievements outside of the world of sports, including being the first African-American man since the Civil War to address his native South Carolina’s General Assembly in 1971."