Press Release - August 26, 2004

Heritage to Auction Joe Frazier's Boxing Gloves Worn in the Famous "Thrilla in Manila" Bout versus Muhammad Ali.

Dallas, Texas: Heritage Sports Collectibles (HSC) is proud to announce that it will offer the boxing gloves worn by Joe Frazier as he fought Muhammad Ali in the Philippines on October 1, 1975 in its September 10th-11th, 2004 Signature Auction, to be held in Long Beach, California. Heritage is the official auctioneer of the Long Beach Collectibles Expo. For item images and details click here.

It was one of the most famous bouts in boxing history, a brutal and bloody fight to the finish that Ali himself, the eventual victor, described as the closest he had ever come to death in a boxing ring. Though Frazier could not answer the bell for the fifteenth round, the technical knockout earned by Ali was little satisfaction after the vicious beating he had taken, and the Champ suggested after the fight that he was done with the sport. For the first time, the gloves that "almost killed" Muhammad Ali are being offered to the collecting public.

"The gloves derive from the collection of Milton Bailey," explained Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions for Heritage Galleries. "He

was Frazier's cut man for the fight, and it was Bailey that personally removed the gloves from Frazier's hands after the bout, and took them back to the United States. The provenance is just impeccable, and the Thrilla in Manila is one of the most famous matches in the history of the sport. It's definitely one of the most exciting boxing lots to reach the auction block in quite some time."

The red Everlast gloves exhibit fine wear from the match, and remain exactly as they were when they were removed from the former Heavyweight Champ's hands. A notarized letter of provenance from Bailey will accompany the gloves.

In addition to the Frazier gloves, the auction will include one of the finest assemblages of choice boxing material to ever be offered in a single event. Some of the other key lots include the robe that Muhammad Ali wore into the ring when he won the heavyweight championship for an unprecedented third time against Leon Spinks on August 15th, 1978. "Muhammad Ali is perhaps the most universally recognized name in sports," continued Ivy. "To be able to offer such a historic piece of memorabilia from his career is certainly a unique experience." Other notable items associated with Ali in this sale are the fight-worn trunks from his second fight with Frazier and the fight-worn robe from his 1976 bout with Jimmy Young. Also featured in the sale are the fight-used trunks of Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson and Rocky Marciano; as well as the championship belts of Willie Pep, Mickey Walker and Al McCoy; and the fight-worn gloves of Jack Dempsey, Rocky Graziano and Harry Greb.

Heritage Galleries, with annual sales exceeding $250 million, is the world's largest collectibles auctioneer, handling rare coins, sports collectibles, currency, comic books, vintage movie posters, americana, and art & antiquities. For more information about Heritage, please visit

HSC specializes in rare and collectible sports cards, as well as uniforms, equipment, and related vintage sports memorabilia. Consignments for future Signature Sports Auction are currently being accepted. Prospective consignors or sellers of quality vintage sports cards and sports memorabilia are encouraged to contact:

Chris Ivy at 800-872-6467 Ext. 319 or email:
Sam Foose at 800-872-6467 Ext. 227 or email:
Stephen Carlisle at 800-872-6467 Ext. 292 or email:

To order the September Signature catalog, call Nicole Jewell at 214-252-4272, or write c/o Heritage Sports Collectibles, 3500 Maple Avenue, 17th Floor, Dallas, TX 75219.

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