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Circa 1975 Muhammad Ali Training-Camp Trunks
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,700
This pair of white Everlast Muhammad Ali boxing trunks, with black trim, date to the former heavyweight champion's days in Deer Lake, Pennsylvania, when he was training for some of his most celebrated fights against the likes of Joe Frazier, George Foreman, and Ken Norton. They are custom-made exclusively by Everlast for use by Muhammad Ali only and were not available to the general public or for sale in any other manner. The trunks feature a special Everlast label reading "Made Expressly for Muhammad Ali," and also display an "X Large" size tag. Accompanying the trunks are a letter from Ali expert and former collector, Peter Morkovin, in which he notes that he purchased these trunks from a real estate broker who found them in a Deer Lake apartment building purchased from Ali. These trunks were almost certainly never worn by Ali in a sanctioned fight, but were made specifically for use by Ali while training, and it is a virtual certainty that they were used as intended during sparring sessions. The fact that they were discovered in Deer Lake, Pennsylvania, which was the location of Ali's training camp from 1972 through 1981, is fascinating and additionally supportive of their use as sparring trunks. Documented Muhammad Ali fight-worn garments are extremely rare. For that reason, sparring trunks and/or robes, which are also extremely rare, usually represent the only alternative for those wishing to own a significant piece of history actually worn by and relating to the legendary career of Muhammad Ali. The trunks display moderate wear. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $4,700
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