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    1972 Muhammad Ali vs. Al "Blue" Lewis On-Site Fight Poster, Program & Ticket Stub. Killorglin-born circus strongman and promoter Michael "Butty" Sugrue put up £300,000 to persuade Ali to come to Ireland for a non-title fight with his sparring partner Al "Blue" Lewis on July 19, 1972, a bout that stands among the least-known contests of the three-time Champion's fabled career. Sugrue lost his shirt with the ill-advised promotion, and Ali romped, knocking Lewis down in the fifth and compelling the referee to end the one-sided affair in the eleventh.

    In our auction archives of all major houses' results dating back nearly twenty years, we find only two stubs, one program and zero posters from the fight, so this lot represents what may very well be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at ownership.

    The lightweight cardboard poster features LeRoy Neiman artwork at the top and measures 10x15" in size, with minor age staining at the edges but nothing that could be accurately described as a condition problem. The eight-page program exhibits staining, creasing and occasional paper loss but remains solid and complete and well within acceptable condition parameters considering its rarity. The ticket stub presents as solidly EX-MT.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2017
    16th-18th Thursday-Saturday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 6
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