Late 1950’s Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) Training Worn Gloves (Craig Hamilton & Provenance LOA)
BidAMI Memorabilia.Expert is now offering in its Sports Auction the pair of gloves right out of the trophy case of the Columbia Street Gym in Louisville, Kentucky (the hometown of Cassius Clay). They originate from the collection of Joe Martin via his granddaughter Jole (Martin- Burghy). Joe Martin was a police officer who ran the golden gloves program at the Columbia Gym. Martin took the young fighter under his tutelage and introduced Clay to the sport that made him legendary.
The gloves were part of the collection removed from the gym after it closed. The notarized letter from Jole Martin indicates:
“CASSIUS CLAY USED TRAINING GLOVES THESE ARE POST BRAND GLOVES HEAVY WEAR “Cc” WRITTEN INSIDE COLLAR OF GLOVES SOME TEARS AND CUTS ESPECIALLY ON THE CUFFS, THE GLOVES ARE 15″ LONG. COMES WITH ORIGINAL PAPER TAG FROM BEING ON DISPLAY AT THE COLUMBIA GYM THAT STATES “CASSIUS CLAY USED TRAINING GLOVES”.
A letter of provenance also attends from boxing memorabilia expert Craig Hamilton who attested to the origin and examined their characteristics. The letter details:
“I, Craig Hamilton of JO Sports, Inc., certify that the boxing gloves described herein are, in my opinion, boxing training
These are burgundy, leather, 16 ounce gloves. Each has the POST manufacturing label at the wrist. Each is marked inside, “C.C.” (for Cassius Clay) in faded ink. Include the original white laces. Both labels are torn, but still intact. Show war, and have several small holes from wear, but still perfectly intact. Tagged and labeled, “CASSIUS CLAY USED TRAINING GLOVES”.
Cassius Clay was known to wear Post brand equipment during his early years and these gloves match similar equipment we have seen from this era and the gloves date to that era. “