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    Includes letter of provenance from Angelo Dundee

    1966 Muhammad Ali Fight Worn Gloves from George Chuvalo I Bout. He endured the sledgehammer blows of George Foreman in the Rumble. He was pushed to the outer limits of human endurance by Joe Frazier in the Thrilla. But when Muhammad Ali was asked what man was the toughest he ever fought, his answer was George Chuvalo.

    It has been a half century since the Greatest stepped through the ring ropes at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens to face the greatest Heavyweight ever produced by the nation of Canada, the first of two meetings with the granite-chinned hometown hero. The reigning Champion had been scheduled to face Ernie Terrell in Chicago on March 29, 1966, but the Illinois State Athletic Commission declared the bout illegal due to Ali's "unpatriotic" stance against the Vietnam War draft.

    So Ali's handlers looked to the north, and found a willing ally in Harold Ballard, owner of Maple Leaf Gardens. With American contendors uneasy with the prospect of stepping into the storm of controversy that hung over Ali, an offer went out to the Canadian Chuvalo, who accepted the bout with just seventeen days' notice.

    The significant skill disparity between the two fighters quickly made itself apparent with each passing round, and most viewers scored the fight thirteen rounds to two in Ali's favor. A master in his prime, Ali easily outpointed the challenger, but was unable to stagger the game Chuvalo, who frustrated the dominant American with his preternatural fortitude. As the Champion seemed to be coasting to the finish line in the fifteenth round, a sudden assault nearly flipped the script. Chuvalo pumped four jabs into Ali's face, then followed with a thudding straight right that seemed to buckle Ali's knees. Radio announcer Don Dunphy, shouted into his microphone:

    "Chuvalo may have hurt Clay! Chuvalo may have hurt Clay!"

    But Ali, likewise a warrior of uncommon resolve, was able to weather the storm and survive to the closing bell to complete his third successful title defense.

    Presented are the gloves worn by Ali that night in his unanimous decision victory, eight-ounce weapons of war deriving from the personal collection of his Hall of Fame trainer Angelo Dundee. Beyond the perfect fidelity to fight photography and film, the gloves bear Dundee's personal notations at the sweat-stained interior wrists, each reading, "Clay vs. Chuvalo, Mar 29/66, Toronto." Dundee also autographs each "Everlast" wrist label.

    While any fight gear from the iconic Ali is a sports treasure of the highest order, those dating to his mid-1960's prime carry particular weight among many collectors. With the most delectable vintage and iron-clad Dundee provenance, these gloves should themselves inspire a no-holds barred war among leading collectors when bidding begins. Letter of provenance from Angelo Dundee. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


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