Ali’s ‘Fight of the Century’ gloves fetch nearly $400K at auction

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The gloves worn by Muhammad Ali in his 1971 "Fight of the Century" with Joe Frazier sold at auction for $388,375.A pair of sweat-stained boxing gloves worn by Muhammad Ali during his “Fight of the Century” with Joe Frazier more than 40 years ago were sold at auction Thursday for nearly $400,000.

Heritage Auctions did not name the winning bidder, who paid $388,375 for the Everlast gloves from the 1971 bout.

Ali lost that particular fight, which dragged on for 15 rounds at New York’s Madison Square Garden. It was the first of three fights fought between the two boxers, according to Heritage Auctions. The hype around the fight was heavily politicized because of Ali’s refusal to fight in the Vietnam War.

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