Spring Fever Auction
One of the greatest rivalries in history, not just sports, has to be Ali vs. Frazier. The two legends fought each three times throughout their illustrious careers. The had two epic battles at Madison Square Garden, bu the one fight that will forever go down as one of the greatest boxing matches of all time was the "Thrilla in Manila". The "Thrilla in Manila" was the third and final boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. It was contested in 1975 for the heavyweight championship of the world at the Philippine Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines. The venue was renamed from Araneta Coliseum, specifically for the match. Ali won by technical knockout (TKO) after Frazier's chief second, Eddie Futch, conceded the fight prior to the 15th round.The contest's name is derived from the frequent rhyming boast made by Ali that the fight would be a "killa and a thrilla and a chilla, when I get that gorilla in Manila."
Featured in this lot is not just a beautiful piece of art, but an original piece of boxing history. This dual signed promo poster was used to promote the "Thrilla in Manila." The original painting concept was designed by famed legendary sports artist Leroy Neiman. This original fight poster comes with the sticker on the front that reads 'The Omni" as opposed to it being made onto the poster like the reproductions have.
With both Frazier, and Ali having passed on the value of this piece will only increase making it a great investment for any buyer. It comes preframed, and is authenticated by JSA. Auction Estimate $5000 - 10000 +
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