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    1978 Muhammad Ali Trunks Worn in Training For Second Spinks Bout. One of the most historically significant pieces of Ali memorabilia to surface at auction in recent memory, this pair of black-trimmed white satin Everlast trunks speaks to the legendary fighter's indefatigable spirit like few others can. After losing his Championship belt to Leon Spinks on February 15, 1978, the thirty-six year old icon returned to the gym with the goal of reclaiming his title and becoming the first three-time Heavyweight Champion, succeeding in that quest following a hard-fought fifteen rounds at New Orleans' Superdome just seven months after that heartbreaking loss. These trunks were worn in training for that fight, Ali's final victory in the ring.

    Our consignor reports that these trunks were purchased at a New Orleans charity auction shortly after the fight, and noted boxing memorabilia expert Craig Hamilton reports in his letter of authenticity that the legend of Louisville quite often donated his gear for such causes, referencing a pair of trunks from training for the Larry Holmes bout that were similarly acquired. The "Everlast" label at waistband holds the important "Made Expressly for Muhammad Ali" lettering at lower edge, and Ali himself further authenticates the trunks with a bold application of his favorite slogan: "Kindness to others is the only rent we pay for our room here on earth," signing at the close. The trunks exhibit solid wear with some staining at the bottom front and back of the right leg.

    Though Ali's incredible toughness that carried him to the summit of the boxing world a record three times has taken a heavy physical toll on his health, one can't help but be inspired by the sight of this garment worn on his final trek up the mountain. Though the victories over Liston and Foreman may be more famous in boxing history, Ali's successful reclamation of his belt with a body worn down by Norton, Frazier and the rest might well be considered his greatest ring accomplishment. LOA from Craig Hamilton.


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    May, 2012
    3rd-5th Thursday-Saturday
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