"Philadelphia boxing legend Joe Frazier is celebrating his birthday today," Fox29 anchor Karen Hepp said Wednesday morning. "Happy Birthday, Joe. He's going to be meeting with friends and supporters at City Hall this evening to honor championship youth boxing teams and coaches. … He turns 73 years old today."
Co-anchor Thomas Drayton added that Frazier "really is a legend," as well as "such a force."
Frazier died in November 2011 after a battle with liver cancer. He was buried in the Ivy Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia after a ceremony at the Elon Tabernacle Baptist Church. His birthday was Jan. 12, which is Thursday.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of Joe Frazier's gym, which was named a national historical site in 2013. The city debuted a statue of the legendary boxer in 2015.