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    1978 Muhammad Ali Championship Fight Worn Robe from Leon Spinks II Bout. On September 15, 1978 former World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali attempted to do what no man in the history of heavyweight boxing had done, win the heavyweight title for an unprecedented third time. The trail to the title actually began on February 15, 1978 in Las Vegas. Ali, out of shape and aging, had accepted a title defense against 1976 Olympic Gold Medalist (light heavyweight), Leon Spinks. On paper it looked like a mismatch. Spinks had only seven professional fights going into this fight with Ali. That inexperience, at least as a professional, was thought by most observers to be the most telling factor against Spinks. It did not prove to be. Spinks, in great physical condition, and not in any way in awe of Ali, pounded out a close but decisive victory with a 15 round decision. Ali appealed for a rematch which he was given. This time the fight was different. Ali, focused and in better physical condition, won a relatively easy 15 round decision and made history, becoming the first man to win the undisputed heavyweight title on three occasions. Presented here is the fight-worn robe worn by Muhammad Ali into the ring for this historic fight with Leon Spinks. This is a full length white satin robe with black trim. On the reverse in black lettering are the words "MUHAMMAD ALI." The robe has a terrycloth interior. There are slit openings at each wrist to accommodate the gloves. There is some staining, likely from blood or from bleeding of the red gloves worn in the fight. Muhammad Ali has signed the robe below the front left breast pocket in black sharpie. This robe originated from the Drew "Bundini" Brown collection. When Brown died in the late 1980's it was sold along with other Ali equipment as part of the storage facility's locker sale to pay Bundini's expenses. The original auction ta

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