Frazier and Spectrum arena a pair of Philly institutions

Joe Frazier's first fight at the Spectrum ushered in a golden era of boxing in Philadelphia, as well as in the heavyweight ranks.

Originally Published: October 17, 2007
By Don Steinberg | Special to ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- The Spectrum arena in Philadelphia is squat and compact, a little brown oval with a hard brick surface around the outside and a gritty, groovy vibe inside its walls that tells you its glory days were in the 1970s. The arena today is resilient but often forgotten, situated across the parking lot from the glitzier Wachovia Center, where fans now go for big league sports action.

The Spectrum is just like Joe Frazier, and the two Philadelphia icons are forever linked. Exactly ...

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