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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Ali gloves from first Frazier fight up for auction

By Michael Woods

The boxing world has had a tough run of late, with so many bold-faced and beloved names leaving the realm. Emanuel Steward, the Hall of Fame trainer, died on Oct. 25 and leaves a void that won't be filled, because his personality was a rare one. He built up and encouraged, a rarity in a zero-sum world.

Angelo Dundee was another one like that; the trainer of Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard died on Feb. 1, at age 90.

People wishing to hold on to some of his legacy can participate in an auction which features items from The Angelo Dundee Estate Collection, including the gloves Ali wore for his March 8, 1971 fight against Joe Frazier, which unfolded at Madison Square Garden. Also, you can bid, online, for the gloves The Greatest donned when he beat Sonny Liston, on Feb. 25, 1964, in Miami Beach, Fla.

"These gloves represent boxing's crown jewels," said Dan Imler, SCP Auctions managing director, "and rank among the most significant sports memorabilia artifacts ever offered publicly. Muhammad Ali is a cultural icon beloved throughout the world. These are the ultimate tools of Ali's trade from his most legendary bouts, used by him to forge his undisputed status as 'The Greatest of All Time.'"

Jim Dundee, the late Angelo's son, plans to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sales to the Muhammad Ali Foundation. Also, Angelo asked that some money go to aid in the care of a daughter who has multiple sclerosis.

According to Mercedes Ganon, who is working on a project about Angelo with Jim, the minimum bid for the Frazier-fight gloves is $150,000. Will that item receive the top bid? "I believe that will be the big one," she said.