Muhammad Ali Hall of Fame RingGo Back
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Ali was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990, and made several visits there during his lifetime. There, one could find an Ali exhibit with title cards, gloves, and other memorabilia on display in full view. Hall of Fame Executive Director, Ed Brophy, said Ali was one of a kind: “The most famous face in the world was Muhammed Ali. He could walk down the streets in Japan or in Germany, or Mexico, and it was Muhammed Ali and they’d all gather around him,” said Brophy. “He had this certain sense of magic about him, he’d gather these crowds and he was wonderful with everybody.”
The ring originated from renowned Ali collector Peter Morkovin who lived near Ali’s training camp in Deer Lake, Pennsylvania. He was a go to resource for unique and rare Ali collectors.
Presented is one of the most important relics from the fascinating life and career the Champion, the ten karat gold Balfour ring presented to him in Canastota, New York for his 1990 induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. A real diamond is nestled between a pair of miniature boxing gloves on the face of the ring, encircled by raised text reading “International Boxing Hall of Fame.” Left shank features two boxers beneath a “Canastota” banner, while right reads “Ali, Inducted 1990,” framing a logo of the Hall of Fame. One of the most important modern boxing artifacts to reach the public auction block in recent memory.
Also to note, there were no salesman samples made of this ring. The information was confirmed by Balfour and the International Boxing Hall of Fame.