"A piece of sporting history for under a grand"
"Oh, he's got him with a right hand! He's got him! Oh, you can't believe it! And he's doing his shuffle. And I don't think Foreman's going to get up. He's trying to beat the count. And he's out! Oh my God, he's won the title back at 32!" - British commentator Harry Carpenter
Muhammad Ali's KO victory over George Foreman at the Rumble in the Jungle in 1974 shook the boxing world. It also cemented Ali's place in history as "The Greatest".
But Ali's long and hard route to stardom had begun many years earlier...
51 years ago today in fact, on October 29, 1960, Ali entered his first professional bout.
Then known as Cassius Clay, the newly-crowned Olympic champion easily beat Tunney Hunsaker.
Years later, when Ali left the ring for the last time on December 11, 1981, he did so with a record of 56 wins and just 5 losses.
And a legendary reputation.
A reputation which continues to grow
Ali's feats as a boxer are renowned. They need no elaboration.
Only a select few of history's greatest athletes have a level of recognition beyond their sporting achievements.
These rare individuals rise beyond the realm of sport. They become social icons.
Through his resistance to the Vietnam War. By standing up to the white-dominated media. Even alienating mainstream America because he stood up for his principles...
And then there was his appearance at the 1996 Olympics. Trembling but defiant against the onset of Parkinson's, he lit the flame to open the Games.
No modern athlete has transcended his sport more than "The Greatest": Muhammad Ali. As author Dave Kindred rightly said, he was "as near to living flame as a man can get."
The power of Ali memorabilia
"Watching a fight on television has always seemed to me a poor substitute for being there..."
So said A J Liebling, the greatest boxing writer, in his book The Sweet Science.
A legacy as important as Ali's should be preserved in more than just video footage.
Collecting unique personal items of Ali memorabilia takes you ringside, where you can smell the sweat and feel the punches.
They're eternal reminders of the unmatched adrenalin of the live battle. The surge of excitement as the lights go out and just two boxers remain centre stage.
This is why Ali's autograph has risen in value by 298%
That's over the past 11 years...
If you'd bought a Muhammad Ali signed photo for just £250 ($375) as recently as 2000, it could today be worth £995 ($1,500).
Yet his memorabilia gets even more exciting than autographs.
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The robe Ali wore into the ring before knocking out Chuck Wepner-March in 1975 made a mockery of its $8,000 estimate in 2005, selling for $30,000.
A pair of early training gloves, signed "Cassius Clay", sold for $22,000 just last year, $18,000 above estimate.
And back in 1997, the trunks Ali wore for The Rumble in the Jungle fight against Foreman made $50,000, $15,000 over their estimate.
So what I'm about to say may shock you...
Today, you can become the owner of Muhammad Ali's sweat trunks for only £950 ($1,425).
Ali trained for world title fights in this exact pair of trunks.
Wearing these, Ali toiled in the gym for hours - sparring, sweating, suffering.
Because he knew that when he got in that ring against Liston, Foreman or Frazier, there would be no place to hide.
That's why these rubber sweat trunks were among Ali's favourites.
And why they are today a small piece of his history.
They can connect you with the man voted "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports illustrated and "Greatest Sportsperson of the Millennium" by the BBC.
Yours to have and hold. Yours to hang on your wall as a personal reminder of "The Greatest".
And these shorts are also likely to rise in value in future years.
Enjoy the global desire for Ali's memorabilia
As I said, the average value of an Ali autograph rose by 298% over the last 11 years.
That's growth of 13.38% a year.
This is because he is a bona fide 20th century icon whose achievements go way beyond boxing. His legacy is firmly established.
And when Ali is no longer around to sign autographs, values for his most personal collectibles will soar even further.
Examples like his 1974 Rumble in the Jungle trunks selling for $50,000 are only the start.
This is an incredible chance to own a pair of shorts worn in anger by Muhammad Ali for less than £1,000.
Opportunities to own Ali-used equipment are rare. And almost unheard of at this price.
Click here to view the full description and for your chance to purchase.
If you'd like any more information, please contact myself or Adrian on the following. We are more than happy to answer your questions:
+44 (0) 117 933 9500
|Until next week,|
P.S. Remember, Muhammad Ali's signed photos have gone up in value by 298% in the last 11 years. We're offering Ali's training trunks for just £950. We won't have this item in for long - so you need to be quick.
P.P.S. If you miss out on Ali's sweat trunks, we have even more boxing memorabilia for you! A signed photograph of the great world heavyweight champion James J. Jeffries, known as "The Boilermaker", is available to buy today. Follow this link to find out more.
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