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    Joe Frazier 1975 Fight Worn Gloves From The "Thrilla In Manila" On October 1, 1975, World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali defended his title against Joe Frazier in Quezon City, Philippines, in the fight hereafter referred to as the "Thrilla In Manila." For Ali and Frazier this was their third and final meeting. Frazier had won the first in 1971 and Ali the second in 1974. After Ali's victory over reigning champion George Foreman in 1974 in Africa, the stage was set for the final act in a trilogy of fights which are among the most famous in boxing lore. The fight in Manila, a Don King promotion, was as hyped as any of their previous meetings. Ali insulted Frazier repeatedly calling him stupid and comparing him to a gorilla in news conferences. Despite all of Ali's boasts, he had struggled with Frazier in their previous meetings. Frazier's relentless pressure and hard punching power had always managed to take a toll on Ali. This fight would not prove to be any different and in every way it lived up to the hype. The early rounds were Ali's, but by the fifth Frazier's pressure started taking its toll and in the seventh Frazier drove the mouthpiece from Ali's mouth. Frazier kept the pressure on Ali, but it was not without a toll of its own. By the thirteenth Frazier could barely see from one eye and Ali started taking control with vicious shots to Frazier's head. After the fourteenth, Frazier trainer Eddie Futch had seen enough and stopped the fight. Ali was heard to say that those fourteen round of fighting were as close to death as he'd ever been. Presented for sale here are the weapons behind that destruction, the actual fight-worn gloves used by Joe Frazier in this fight. Red leather boxing gloves which feature the Everlast label at each wrist. These gloves show the signs of battle, but are still perfectly intact. The gloves were taken after the fight by Joe Frazier's cutman Milt Bailey. Milt Bailey gave these gloves to long-time Philadelphia boxing promoter and Boxing Hall Of Fame member, Russell Peltz. The gloves are offered with a photograph of Joe Frazier wearing them in the ring against Muhammad Ali. One of the most significant offerings of this great champion in recent history and the first time these historic gloves have been offered at public sale. They also come with LOAs from Milt Bailey and from Russell Peltz. Perfectly documented.

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