FALL 2012 Auction
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Depicting the Fight of the Century should make this the Poster of the Century. Fight of the Century was the promotional nickname given to the first boxing match between champion Joe Frazier (26-0, 23 KOs) and challenger Muhammad Ali (31-0, 25 KOs), held on March 8, 1971, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The fight itself became endowed with enormous cultural significance any boxing match since perhaps Louis-Schmeling at the height of the Depression. Smokin Joe defeated Ali in the 15th round by unanimous decision. This powerful 24-by-36-inch poster depicts Ali (gloveless) face to face with Frazier (gloved). The top of the poster reads "JOE FRAZIER vs. MUHAMMAD ALI, World Heavyweight Championship, Madison Square Garden/Mar. 8, 1971"; LeRoy Neiman's facsimile signature and the year he created the original ('71) are printed in the lower-right corner.
The poster is in Ex-Mt condition and comes with a Letter of Authenticity from the Dundee Family.