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    1971 Drew "Bundini" Brown Cornerman's Jacket Worn for Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier I Bout. They had fifty-seven professional bouts between them, each and every one a victory, all but nine by way of knockout. Both fighters owned a legitimate claim to the Heavyweight Championship of the World, though only Frazier held the title officially, Ali's reign ended not by combat but by his opposition to it. This refusal to enter the Vietnam draft had established Muhammad Ali as the most polarizing figure in American sports, fueling an antipathy within a segment of the American populace unseen since the reign of Jack Johnson. Others hailed Ali's principled stand, drawing a stark line between the two camps' supporters. Those who supported the Vietnam War and the failing cause of racial segregation stood with the reigning Champion, while the anti-war crowd, and those who favored the Civil Rights movement, saw Ali as their athletic standard bearer. On one point both sides could agree: this was far more than a simple boxing match.

    Check the fight footage on the Internet and you'll see Drew "Bundini" Brown in the ring before the start of the bout wearing this distinctive red and white garment, colors that match the trunks the legendary challenger sported in his first professional defeat. The body of the jacket is velour, the trim satin. "Bundini" is embroidered over the heart, and "Muhammad Ali" stands in tackle twill block lettering on reverse. Ali's black sharpie signature (9/10) appears on lower left pocket. The original inventory tag from the famous sale of Bundini Brown's unpaid storage locker sale is attached to the front zipper. LOA from Craig Hamilton. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

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