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Muhammad Ali’s robe from 1965 fight up for auction

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:53 am

Muhammad Ali’s robe from 1965 fight with Liston up for auction
The white terry cloth robe has Ali's name embroidered on the back in red.

... The robe’s sellers claim that Ali wore the robe to a weighing-in at what is now the Androscoggin Bank Colisée – then known as the Central Maine Youth Center – where promoters had quickly erected a boxing ring in the middle of a hockey rink to host a heavyweight showdown between Ali and Sonny Liston.

The May 25, 1965, match had been scheduled for Boston but when state regulators looked askance, the promoter shifted the venue to Lewiston in a last-minute bid to preserve television royalty payments.

On old video footage, Ali is clearly wearing a robe that looks similar as he moves sprightly through a crowd to reach the ring ahead of the bout, which eventually ended in the first round with Liston sprawled on the canvas and Ali taunting him from above, an image captured in pictures still routinely reprinted around the world. ... r-auction/
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