Boxing Gloves worn by Muhammad Ali


Muhammad Ali (b. 1942) "The Greatest" gained fame for his boxing skills, charisma and the controversy he generated outside the ring. In 1976 the Smithsonian acquired Ali's boxing gloves and robe for an exhibition on the American Bicentennial, A Nation of Nations. At the donation ceremony, before a crowd of reporters and cheering spectators, Ali predicted that his Everlast gloves would become "the most famous thing in this building."

Date Made: ca 1974

User: Ali, MuhammadMaker: Everlast

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Boxing, Sports, Professional

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Related Publication: Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History

Credit Line: Gift of Muhammad Ali

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1977.1073.01Accession Number: 1977.1073Catalog Number: 1977.1073.01

Object Name: gloves, pair ofboxing glovesgloves, boxing

Physical Description: leather (overall material)fabric (overall material)synthetic fabric (overall material)cotton (overall material)Measurements: overall: 10 1/2 in x 6 in; 26.67 cm x 15.24 cm


Record Id: nmah_667761

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