Fight-Worn Trunks from Muhammad Ali / Jimmy Ellis - July 26, 1971
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Fight-Worn Trunks from Muhammad Ali / Jimmy Ellis - July 26, 1971

Item # BS-3950



In 1971 Ali, who compiled 56 wins and 37 knockouts during his career, experienced defeat in the ring for the first time in his professional career after his loss to Joe Frazier on March 8, 1971. In his comeback fight after the loss to Frazier, Ali knocked out his childhood friend and sparring partner Jimmy Ellis in twelve rounds at the Houston Astrodome in Houston Texas.


The white velour with satin trim Everlast trunks were worn by Muhammad Ali in his 33rd professional fight against Jimmy Ellis on July 26, 1971 in Houston, Texas. They were sold at a Christie's auction on October 19, 1997, mistakenly represented as Ali's training trunks. Prior to the auction, both Steve Jackson and Muhammad Ali’s trainer who had been with Ali for his entire career and who worked the corner that night at the Houston Astrodome, examined the trunks which were displayed by Christie's. They determined that they were, in fact, the trunks that Ali wore in the Ellis fight. We clearly remembered the trunks: they were longer than the style Ali normally wore, and the entire camp teased Ali about the length of the trunks, calling him Archie Moore, as Moore generally wore this longer style.


The white velour with satin trim Everlast trunks have an Everlast label with the Everlast logo and Made in USA in black lettering on the waistband. The boxing trunks had been part of the original Bundini Brown collection. They have been autographed on the left front leg by Muhammad Ali.



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