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1975 Muhammad Ali Fight Worn Trunks from Joe Bugner II BoutGo Back
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The only man in boxing history to go the distance with both Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, Bugner was one of the top Heavweight contenders of the division’s Golden Age, durable and cagy, much like the man he met for the second time in 1975. Ali had been an eight-to-one favorite in the pair’s first meeting at the Las Vegas Convention Center in 1973, but the line was trimmed to three-to-one for the rematch in Kuala Lumpur, a fight carried on closed-circuit television in the United States and nearly sixty other countries around the world.
Ali and his promoter Don King had chosen the Malaysian capital because they wanted a large Muslim audience, and a bout in the Southeast Asian heat would be good practice for the forthcoming “Thrilla in Manila.” It would be the most important athletic event ever held in that nation, taken so seriously that the boxing commission insisted that the gloves worn by the fighters be guarded in the local prison before the bout for safe-keeping.
“My gloves are going to jail,” Ali shouted in mock protest. “They aint done nothing–yet!”
But, ultimately, they would commit their assault, peppering the larger Bugner to a wide decision victory to complete a third successful defense of Ali’s Heavyweight title claimed from George Foreman eight months earlier. Here we present the other key relic from the victory, the trunks donned by the Greatest in that steamy fifteen-round bout.
They appear in the classic Ali style, white satin with black trim, the “Everlast” label at center waistband bearing the requisite “Made Expressly for Muhammad Ali” attributing text. Some mild staining is apparent, but this does little to distract the eye. A 1992 signed letter of provenance from Eddie Brown, a close friend of Ali, attests that he received the trunks “right after the Joe Bugner fight in Malaysia.” Letter of provenance from Eddie Brown (Copy). LOA from Craig Hamilton.