Muhammad Ali’s belt bought for $6.18 million

nfl team owners confirmed on twitter that he had added the belt to his collection. “Proud to be the store!” They said.
Ali He won the WBC Heavyweight Championship belt in 1974 with a victory over George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), where he used his rope-a-dope strategy for the first time.

The fight marked Ali’s return to competitive boxing after being stripped of his boxing license and his World Boxing Association title for refusing to join the US armed forces to fight in Vietnam seven years earlier.

The belt first entered the public domain in 1988 when the contents of the storage locker of Drew “Bundini” Brown, Ali’s late boxing coach, were sold at auction.

It is one of two WBC belts belonging to Ali that have existed after the battle; The other remains in a private collection.

And it is the highest value ever achieved by a game collection ever sold at Heritage Auctions.

“After several hours of watching two bidders go back and forth on this belt, it turned out to be a fight worthy of a rumble,” Heritage’s director of sports auction Chris Ivy said in a press release.

“We are thrilled this extraordinary piece of boxing history – of sporting history, of cultural history – has found such an extraordinary steward who will now share it with the rest of the world.”

Irsey already owns several other pieces from Ali’s career, including a 1965 walkout robe that first featured Muhammad Ali and his boots in a fight against Joe Frazier from 1975’s Thrilla in Manila.

The Colts owner has spent millions assembling his collection, which features memorabilia from the worlds of sports, music, literature, and politics.

He is showcasing the collection, along with its new additions, to the public on August 2 in Chicago and September 9 in Indianapolis.