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    "The Greatest" claims his record third Heavyweight title!

    1978 Muhammad Ali Fight Worn Robe from Leon Spinks II Bout. He was the only man to take Muhammad Ali's Heavyweight belt in combat, the first one having been snatched from the Champion's grasp by Uncle Sam as punishment for conscientious objection to the Vietnam War draft. The February 15, 1978 bout that claimed Ali's second had been one of the greatest upsets in prizefighting history, with Spinks claiming a split decision to win the Heavyweight title in just his eighth professional bout, the quickest ascension to the sport's throne in history. Ali had expected to make short work of the 1976 Montreal Olympics Light Heavyweight Gold Medalist, but fell victim to his own overconfidence and poor conditioning in the stunning loss.

    Ali quickly and successfully lobbied for a rematch, the bout set for the Louisiana Superdome exactly seven months to the day after the first. Presented is the robe that a rededicated and revitalized Muhammad Ali wore as he strode to the ring in New Orleans to complete the trademark achievement of his illustrious career. The victory would likewise prove to be his last, a lopsided fifteen-round unanimous decision.

    The full-length white satin robe is adorned with black trim and lettering on reverse reading, "Muhammad Ali" in capital block. Sleeves are slit to accommodate boxing gloves, and interior is lined in terrycloth to absorb sweat. Light staining throughout is likely a mix of fight day wear and decades of storage. Ali has signed the robe below the front left breast pocket in black sharpie. Signature rates 9+/10.

    The robe first emerged in the collecting community after a large archive of Ali equipment was claimed from a storage unit that went unpaid after the passing of Ali corner man Drew "Bundini" Brown, the man played by Jamie Foxx in the 2001 blockbuster biopic. It ranks with the most significant Ali artifacts ever offered, from the last day of glory in one of American history's greatest sports tales. LOA from Craig Hamilton. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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