1974 Muhammad Ali Fight Worn Mouthpiece from "The Rumble in the Jungle!"...
We all know how the story played out--for the better part of seven rounds, Muhammad Ali leaned against the ropes in a defensive shell, weathering the whirlwind of punches that rarely found soft flesh, instead glancing off the former Champ's arms and shoulders. This "Rope-a-Dope" strategy worked like a charm, and when Ali sensed that Foreman's aggression was subsiding to exhaustion in the oppressive African heat, he unleashed his own quick fury of blows, sending the Goliath cartwheeling to the canvas for a stunning eighth-round knockout.
Presented here is the mouthpiece that was clenched between Ali's teeth as he scored the most famous knockout of his iconic career while cementing his status as the ring's greatest tactician. Twin letters of provenance from top boxing collectibles expert Craig Hamilton and the daughter of famous Ali trainer Wali Muhammad attest that the mouthpiece was saved by Mr. Muhammad, who wrote "ALI" in marker on the underside and saved it in the included "Albolene" skin cream plastic container. On the tape, Muhammad wrote "1974 ALI 74 ALI." On the bottom of the container is written "ZAIRE." The distinct impression of Ali's teeth could provide further forensic proof should one gain access to Ali's dental records or Ali himself, and perhaps one might even extract a sample of DNA to clone a charismatic future Champion. LOA from Craig Hamilton. LOA from Wali Muhammad's daughter.
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