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BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833)<br />
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The gloves are off...Heavyweight tussle expected for £350,000 gloves.<br />
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For sale - the gloves worn by Ali and Liston in the famous 1965 “Phantom Punch” bout in Lewiston, Maine. - the most controversial sports event in history <br />
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The gloves have been consigned by Los Angeles collector Seth Ersoff, who acquired the pair from the family of the boxing commissioner for the state of Maine in 1965, who seized the gloves at the bout’s scandalous end – Ali’s “Phantom Punch” – just under two minutes into the first round.<br />
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Speculation as to whether Liston was made to take a dive by his underworld connections continues to this day, making the fight one of the most controversial in history.<br />
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New York - Heritage - 21st Feb - £350,000