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    Unprecedented Photo-match paperwork from MeiGray!

    1980 Muhammad Ali Fight Worn Gloves Photo Matched by MeiGray to Larry Holmes Bout on Oct. 2 Originally Sourced from Nevada Athletic Commission Inspector.
    All classic novels have a beginning, climax and end. The Muhammad Ali vs. Larry Holmes bout represented the ending of quite possibly the greatest book in sports history. The fight was dubbed The Last Hurrah. Ali wanted to represent the belief he could achieve being the only man to win the World Heavyweight Championship four times - a task unprecedented.

    Though Ali's peerless grace and elusiveness within the Heavyweight division remains his boxing legacy, his service as the sport's foremost cautionary tale is arguably his greatest contribution. It is no hyperbole to consider Ali a martyr of sorts to that greater good, and, as such, the gloves we present here is are significant as any from his dazzling prime. Ali had checked into the world famous Mayo Clinic in the weeks before the Holmes bout with trembling hands and slurred speech, but was inexplicably cleared after neurological exams to endure yet another dosage of brain trauma at the hands of the reigning Champion. We can be thankful that such an error would be impossible today.

    While Ali had framed his return from retirement as a desire to add a fourth title belt to his trophy case, in truth it was that most pedestrian incentive, financial need, that tempted the thirty-eight year old through the Caesar's Palace ring ropes. He reminded the boxing world, which had given Ali little chance against his former sparring partner, that he'd been the underdog before, and that Holmes would be following in the footsteps of Liston and Foreman. "I'm dedicating this fight to all the people who've been told, 'You can't do it.'"

    But Goliath would romp over David in this October 2, 1980 contest, with Ali failing to win a single round on any of the three judges' scorecards. The next week a battered Ali would appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine along with a phrase that read as both a fond farewell and a hopeful entreaty: "The Last Hurrah."

    These gloves entered the collecting hobby through the family of Peter Houk, who worked for the Nevada State Athletic Commission and took possession of them after the bout. The eight-ounce "Everlast" gloves perfectly match film and photography from the bout, and bear a handwritten, "Ali OK" inside each wrist with a circled number "1," indicating that these are the fight gloves and not the back-ups. Post-fight notations appear at each exterior wrist, though one mistakenly dates the contest to 1981. We can see residue from tape removal on the back of the left glove's wrist. Renowned boxing expert Craig Hamilton inspected the gloves and confirmed their use in the fight.

    These are the first boxing gloves ever photo-matched by MeiGray, providing the strongest possible confirmation of authenticity available. The entire MeiGray research letter and Hamilton letter will be available on-line for prospective bidders. Letter of provenance from Craig Hamilton. LOA from MeiGray. LOA from Heritage Auctions.





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