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1971 Ali - Frazier 1 On-Site Fight Poster
Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $4,406.25
On-sight boxing poster for the 1971 heavyweight championship bout between challenger Muhammad Ali and champion Joe Frazier held on March 8th at Madison Square Garden in New York. Dubbed "the fight of the century," the 1971 heavyweight championship fight between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali (the first of their three momentous fights) was one of the most highly anticipated bouts in boxing history and the first to match an undefeated former champion (Ali) against a current, unbeaten champion (Frazier). (Ali was stripped of his title in 1967 after refusing to be inducted into the U.S. Armed Forces.) The fight was as good as advertised, with Frazier winning a hard-fought fifteen-round unanimous decision. The poster, printed on cardboard stock, features full-length images of both fighters and lists the date and venue of the match. Also noted is the fact that the only way one could see the fight was live at the Garden, "No Radio - No Home TV." This was the only on-site poster issued for the fight and is one of only approximately six examples known. The great significance of the Ali-Frazier fights to American popular culture makes this on-site fight poster not just one of the rarest and most classic boxing display pieces of the era, but a display piece that transcends the world of sports collecting. The poster (27.5 x 21.5 inches) displays a number of minor creases, but has been professionally cleaned and pressed (no restoration), leaving it with an Excellent overall appearance. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $4,406.25
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