International Memorabilia

MUHAMMAD ALI AND JOE FRAZIER SIGNED BOXING GLOVES

Lot No
90
Description
The Fight of the Century is the title boxing writers and historians have given to the boxing match between WBC/WBA heavyweight champion Joe Frazier (26–0, 23 KOs) and Ring magazine/lineal heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali (31–0, 25 KOs), which took place on the 8th of March 1971, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Frazier won in 15 rounds via unanimous decision. It was the first time that two undefeated boxers fought each other for the heavyweight title.

On the evening of the match, Madison Square Garden had a circus-like atmosphere, with scores of policemen to control the crowd. Countless celebrities, from Norman Mailer andWoody Allen to Frank Sinatra were in the attendance. Artist LeRoy Neiman painted Ali and Frazier as they fought. Burt Lancaster served as a commentator for the closed-circuit broadcast. Though Lancaster had never performed as a sports commentator before, he was hired by the fight's promoter, Jerry Perenchio. The other commentators were play-by-play announcer Don Dunphy and boxing champion Archie Moore.

The fight itself exceeded its promotional hype and went the full 15-round championship distance. Ali dominated the first three rounds, peppering the shorter Frazier with rapier-like jabs that raised welts on the champion's face. In the closing seconds of the round three, Frazier connected with a tremendous hook to Ali's jaw, snapping his head back. Frazier began to dominate in the fourth round, catching Ali with several of his famed left hooks and pinning him against the ropes to deliver tremendous body blows.

At the end of round 14 Frazier held a lead on all three scorecards (by scores of 8–6–0, 10–4–0, and 8–6–0). Early in round 15, Frazier landed a left hook that put Ali on his back. Ali, his jaw swollen grotesquely, got up from the blow quickly, and managed to stay on his feet for the rest of the round despite several terrific blows from Frazier. A few minutes later the judges made it official: Frazier had retained the title with a unanimous decision, dealing Ali his first professional loss.
Estimate
Rs. 2,00,000 - 3,00,000

Winning Bid

₹ 3,60,919

(Inclusive 15% margin)

additional information

Presentation comes along with a certification from PSA / DNA.

This lot will be offered without a reserve.