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Muhammad Ali's Robe and Gloves
1970s

The robe the champ wore while training for the "Rumble in the Jungle"
Training for his 1974 fight against George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire--the so-called "Rumble in the Jungle"--world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali donned this robe. When donating the robe to the Smithsonian, he also gave this pair of autographed gloves. Fighting as Cassius Marcellus Clay, Ali had first won the title a decade earlier by defeating Sonny Liston. He won it again in 1970 from Foreman and once again in 1978 from Leon Spinks before finally hanging up his gloves in retirement three years later. He was the first man to win the world heavyweight title three times, making good on his oft-repeated boast, "I am the greatest!"

Notes
Muhammad Ali born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jan. 17, 1942, Louisville, Kentucky
Gift of Muhammad Ali to NMAH, 1976

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