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Muhammad Ali SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 1980 PROGRAMME Las Vegas BOXING Muhammad Ali AKA Cassius Clay SIGNED, Muhammad Ali
1 Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 1980 PROGRAMME Las Vegas BOXING Muhammad Ali AKA Cassius Clay SIGNED
Signed Excellent Signed by Author
This is a beautiful original DOUBLE HAND SIGNED "Las Vegas" programme to the 2nd October 1980 boxing match between ALI & HOLMES. AN ICONIC PROGRAMME TO A RARE ALI DEFEAT. Muhammad Ali in 1980 was the most recognisable, and possibly the most loved, man on earth. His accomplishments in the ring were the stuff of legend. Two fights with Sonny Liston, where he proclaimed himself 'The Greatest' and proved he was; three epic wars with Joe Frazier; the stunning victory over George Foreman in 1974's 'Rumble in the Jungle'; dethroning Leon Spinks in 1978 to become heavyweight champion for an unprecedented third time. But there was far more to Ali than what took place in a boxing ring. His early embrace of the Nation of Islam and his insistence on being called Muhammad Ali instead of his 'slave name' (Cassius Clay) heralded a new era in black pride. His refusal to be drafted into the United States army at the height of the conflict in Vietnam highlighted the growing anti-war movement of the 1960s. His willingness to fight in such far-flung locales as Zaire, Manila, and Malaysia signalled a shift away from superpower dominance towards a growing awareness of the importance of the developing world. None of that mattered on 2 October 1980. On that night, in a temporary arena constructed in a parking lot at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Ali stepped out of retirement and into the ring to face Larry Holmes, a former sparring partner. Holmes had become a great champion in his own right. And, unlike Ali, he was in his prime. 'Ali is 38 years old,' Holmes said. 'His mind is making a date that his body can't keep.' Realistically, Ali had no chance of winning. But there was that kernel of doubt. Would beating Holmes be any more extraordinary than knocking out Sonny Liston and George Foreman? Ali himself fanned the flames. 'I'm so happy going into this fight,' he said. 'I'm dedicating this fight to all the people who've been told, "you can't do it". People who drop out of school because they're told they're dumb. People who go to crime because they don't think they can find jobs. I'm dedicating this fight to all of you people who have a Larry Holmes in your life. I'm gonna whup my Holmes, and I want you to whup your Holmes.' It was a horrible night. Ali was a shell of his former self. He had no reflexes, no legs, no punch. Nothing, except his pride and the crowd chanting, 'Ali! Ali!'. Holmes, who was eight years younger than his opponent, dominated every minute of every round. It wasn't an athletic contest; just a brutal beating that went on and on. Later, some observers claimed that Holmes lay back because of his fondness for Ali. But Holmes was being cautious, not compassionate. 'I love the man,' he acknowledged afterwards. 'But when the bell rung, I didn't even know his name.' In round nine, Holmes stunned Ali with an uppercut that draped the challenger against the ropes. Turning away involuntarily, Ali covered his face with his gloves and Holmes followed with a right hand to the kidney that caused Ali to cringe and double over in pain. 'Holmes hit him with that punch to the body, and Ali screamed,' Lloyd Wells, a member of Ali's entourage who was at ringside later recalled. 'I never will forget that as long as I live. Ali screamed.' Round 10 was more of the same. 'Like watching an autopsy on a man who's still alive,' Sylvester Stallone said later. Finally, after 10 rounds, Angelo Dundee, Ali's trainer, stopped the carnage. An era in boxing - and an entire historical era - was over. Hand signed by Muhammad Ali & Larry Holmes to front cover as shown. Original 1980 programme to this iconic match up. Complete programme with colour sleeve as shown. Cover is hand signed by both boxers. Would look incredible framed or mounted. Autographed in person by Muhammad Ali & Larry Holmes. A stunning beautifully preserved BOXING PROGRAMME in wonderful condition. A superb Muhammad Ali autograph and Larry Holmes hand signed autograph as shown. Very rare vintage ALI SIGNED programme. Would look great framed. As owner of the largest Muhammad Ali and Boxing memorabilia collection for sale in the UK today, and a widely recognized authority of genuine hand signed memorabilia in the business, we personally guarantee the authenticity of all our pieces. All autographs are 100% genuine, and come with a full original letter of authenticity. Many are accompanied by an additional photograph of the actual signing. Our items have been personally collected over many years and come from either direct signings, our own events or direct contacts associated with the boxers themselves. Absolutely stunning condition. Would look great framed. As owner of the largest Muhammad Ali and Boxing memorabilia collection for sale in the UK today, and a widely recognized authority of genuine hand signed memorabilia in the business, we personally guarantee the authenticity of all our pieces. All autographs are 100% genuine, and come with a full original letter of authenticity. Many are accompanied by an additional photograph of the actual signing. Our items have been personally collected over many years and come from either direct signings, our own events or direct contacts associated with the boxers themselves. Highly collectible and a surefired investment. 100% authenticity. A fantastic original Muhammad Ali autograph as shown. Muhammad Ali AUTOGRAPHS ARE HARDER TO FIND NOWADAYS. Here is a great signed Muhammad Ali & Larry Holmes autographed programme. A truly stunning Muhammad Ali signature. Buy your original and genuine hand signed Muhammad Ali autographs from the home of Muhammad Ali memorabilia and the no.1 Muhammad Ali memorabilia expert here at RARE AND SIGNED. ORIGINAL GENUINE autograph. We also offer hand made display boxes and professional framing on request. 
Price: 645.00 GBP
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Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, George Foreman, Henry Cooper, Larry Holmes, Ernie Shavers & Marvin Hagler, Muhammad Ali
2 Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, George Foreman, Henry Cooper, Larry Holmes, Ernie Shavers & Marvin Hagler
Signed As New Signed by Author
A most wonderful Genuine MULTI SIGNED piece of Boxing history. A full size (medium) black leather official Everlast speedball (punchbag). Includes all original gold "Everlast" and "Choice of Champions" logos. It has been SIGNED by the world's greatest heavyweight boxers and champions. The following have all HAND SIGNED this speedball in either silver or gold: Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, George Foreman, Henry Cooper, Larry Holmes, Ernie Shavers & Marvin Hagler. It has been professionally mounted in a superb perspex case with dark oak mount and brass mounting clasps. The speedball is hanging from the top of the case by its original mount and fixings, as it would have been used in the gym. A very unique and unusual item. Full authenticity guaranteed. Mint condition and a real collector's piece. This item is also double hologrammed with matching serial numbers to avoid tampering and fraud. As owner of the largest Muhammad Ali and Boxing memorabilia collecion for sale in the UK today, and a widely recognized authority of genuine hand signed memorabilia in the business, we personally guarantee the authenticity of all our pieces. All autographs are 100% genuine, and come with a full original letter of authenticity. Our items have been personally collected over many years and come from either direct signings, our own events or direct contacts associated with the boxers themselves. Everything is guaranteed for life. We also offer hand made display boxes and professional framing on request. THIS ITEM INCLUDES A GREAT ORIGINAL JOE FRAZIER AUTOGRAPH. Genuine and authentic JOE FRAZIER HAND SIGNED HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING MEMORABILIA HAS ALWAYS BEEN HARD TO COME ACROSS. Here is a great hand signed JOE FRAZIER autograph. Buy your JOE FRAZIER autographs in confidence from the leading JOE FRAZIER autograph expert on the internet, the world's greatest selection of heavyweight JOE FRAZIER authentic signed photos and JOE FRAZIER memorabilia RAREANDSIGNED. Every JOE FRAZIER signed item we sells is accompanied by a wonderful JOE FRAZIER certificate of authenticity showing your JOE FRAZIER autograph and with full insurance certification. BUY QUALITY & GENUINE AUTHENTIC JOE FRAZIER SIGNATURES TODAY FROM RARE AND SIGNED. 
Price: 6250.00 GBP
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