Boxing Gloves worn by Muhammad Ali

Boxing Gloves worn by Muhammad Ali

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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."
Currently not on view
Object Name
gloves, pair of
boxing gloves
gloves, boxing
Date made
ca 1974
Ali, Muhammad
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
synthetic fabric (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
overall: 10 1/2 in x 6 in; 26.67 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Muhammad Ali
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I love Muhammad Ali. In my opion he is the best boxer ever! No one will ever replace him even though he has parkinsons syndrome he is still the best and NO ONE will replace this fabulous boxer. I also love this picture - it's just amazing.

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