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Guide to the Muhammed Ali Boxing Gloves MSS.3260

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

February 2011

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-02-11T11:19-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Muhammed Ali Boxing Gloves

Unit ID:

MSS.3260

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

1.0 Linear feet

Dates:

2005

Abstract:

Laceless, 14 ounce, boxing gloves inscribed by Muhammed Ali in 2005. These gloves were never worn in any of Ali's boxing matches.

Processing Information:

Processed by

Martha Bace, 2011

Preferred Citation:

Muhammed Ali Boxing Gloves, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Wade Hall, 2009

Access Restrictions:

None

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains a pair of laceless, 14 ounce, boxing gloves inscribed by Muhammed Ali in 2005. These gloves were never worn in any of Ali's boxing matches.

Biographical/Historical note

Muhammed Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., on 17 January 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky, is a former American boxer and three-time World Heavyweight Champion, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight championship boxers. As an amateur, he won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. After turning professional, he went on to become the first boxer to win the lineal heavyweight championship three times.

In 1964, Ali joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name from Clay to Ali. In 1967, Ali refused to be drafted into the United States military, based on his religious beliefs and opposition to the Vietnam War. He was arrested and convicted on draft evasion charges, stripped of his boxing title, and his boxing license was suspended. He was never imprisoned, but did not fight again for almost four years while his appeal worked its way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it was successful.

Ali has been married four times and has seven daughters and two sons. In 1984, Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, a disease to which those who have been subjected to severe head trauma, such as boxers, are more susceptible. Despite the disability, he has remained a beloved and active public figure. Besides lighting the flame at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, Ali has received numerous awards and accolades, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.

On 19 November 2005, just days after receiving the Medal of Freedom, the non-profit Muhammed Ali Center opened in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. In addition to displaying his boxing memorabilia, the center focuses on core themes of peace, social responsibility, respect, and personal growth.

Source(s)

Ali, Muhammed, 1942- (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Gloves Box 3260.001