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1976 Muhammad Ali fight worn shorts v Jimmy Young
BoxArt are proud to present a rare opportunity to own a pair of Muhammad Ali's fight worn shorts. These museum-worthy trunks were worn by "The Greatest" during his fifteen round unanimous decision victory over Jimmy Young on April 30, 1976, in Landover, Maryland. It was Muhammad Ali's second fight following his famous "Thrilla in Manila" win against Joe Frazier. Young, a Philadelphia native whose career was at its peak in the mid-70's, battled The Champ and took the fight the distance, even raising his arms in a preemptive victory pose when the final bell rung. The three judges awarded the decision to Ali by scores of 72-65, 70-68 and 71-64.
The satin Everlast trunks are white with black trim. On the front waistband is the "Everlast" manufacturer's tag with the additional "Made Expressly for MUHAMMAD ALI" text. It was around 1972 that boxing equipment manufacturer Everlast began to supply Muhammad Ali with specially made equipment produced exclusively for Ali by the company with this special tagging. The only other instance where the equipment giant had previously administered such exclusive labelling was for boxing legend Joe Louis. The white Everlast tag is stained with what appears to be blood. The inner drawstring is intact. The trunks show nice wear, with light staining throughout. Provenance: The shorts were originally acquired by Eddie Brown from Ali's Deer Lake training camp shortly after the fight. They are accompanied by a copy of a signed LOA from Eddie Brown stating that they "were given to me from Muhammad Ali right after the Jimmy Young fight and can be attributed to that fight." In addition there's an accompanying LOA handwritten by Bob Case, former Vice President of the International Boxing Association, who confirms that he knew Eddie Brown and that he was "best friends" with Ali's then-cornerman Drew "Bundini" Brown. The trunks have been evaluated by industry leaders MEARS (Memorabilia Evaluation And Research Services) who concluded that they are authentic and have supplied their own multiple page LOA. Please view the images of the LOA's for full details.