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    1970's Muhammad Ali Training Camp Door with Handwritten Training Regimen. Unique and unusual relic is certain to be the most discussed artifact in your private collection, even if it's not necessarily the priciest. It was literally removed from the hinges affixed to the wall of Ali's Deer Lake training camp, where it had hung for years and served as a diary of sorts for the boxing legend. A day-by-day account of his training schedule from mid-July to the end of August will draw the most attention, as it regards Ali's workouts leading up to his September 15, 1978 meeting with Leon Spinks. Each entry is marked "Good" or "Bad," depending upon the productivity of the day in question.

    A "Good" entry, from August 18: "Up 6 a.m. run 3.0 mi/weight before run 228-1/2 after/run 226-1/2/massages/Heavy Bag 3 Rounds/Speed Bag 3 Rounds/Rope 1 Round/To Total 7 Rounds/Massage." A "Bad" one: "July 18 up 6:10 a.m./Weight 231 No Run/Went to Philly PA at 7:30 a.m./Haircut, back for gym/Gym." Even when the team traveled, someone made sure to update the door upon the team's return. For a promotional trip to New Orleans, the entries read, "Spinks/July 30 Leave for New Orleans/No Run/Leave at Phila airport/about 10 a.m. arrive 2 p.m."; "July 31 No Run/Work to Promote Spinks/fight all day"; "Aug 1 No Run/In New Orleans/Work all day for/Fight"; "Aug 2 No Run/Leave New Orleans at about 2 p.m. to Philly/arrive about 7 p.m./ate at Jerry's home/sleep 2 hours, Drive to/Deer Lake/arrive Deer Lake 11 p.m." Someone even made sure to write one last note on the final day at the training camp. The large circled entry near the bottom of the door reads: "Aug 31 Left for/Fight/up 4:30 a.m./Left for Phila PA/about 7a.m./for airport in Big Bus with Crew."

    Interspersed among the "official" writing are the occasional "I was here" notations made by later camp visitors, as the door hung at Deer Lake for a decade beyond the Spinks match. These entries do not mar the original writing, which averages 8/10 to 9/10 in strength for the most part, though occasionally does fade to the edge of illegibility. The door measures approximately six feet tall and just over two feet wide, so clear a suitable space in your trophy room. Please note that, due to the size and weight of the lot, shipping costs may be considerable.


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    April, 2009
    23rd-24th Thursday-Friday
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