This is a beautiful original DOUBLE HAND SIGNED "Las Vegas" programme to the 2nd October 1980 boxing match between ALI & HOLMES. AN ICONIC PROGRAMME TO A RARE ALI DEFEAT. Muhammad Ali in 1980 was the most recognisable, and possibly the most loved, man on earth. His accomplishments in the ring were the stuff of legend. Two fights with Sonny Liston, where he proclaimed himself 'The Greatest' and proved he was; three epic wars with Joe Frazier; the stunning victory over George Foreman in 1974's 'Rumble in the Jungle'; dethroning Leon Spinks in 1978 to become heavyweight champion for an unprecedented third time. But there was far more to Ali than what took place in a boxing ring. His early embrace of the Nation of Islam and his insistence on being called Muhammad Ali instead of his 'slave name' (Cassius Clay) heralded a new era in black pride. His refusal to be drafted into the United States army at the height of the conflict in Vietnam highlighted the growing anti-war movement of the 1960s. His willingness to fight in such far-flung locales as Zaire, Manila, and Malaysia signalled a shift away from superpower dominance towards a growing awareness of the importance of the developing world. None of that mattered on 2 October 1980. On that night, in a temporary arena constructed in a parking lot at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Ali stepped out of retirement and into the ring to face Larry Holmes, a former sparring partner. Holmes had become a great champion in his own right. And, unlike Ali, he was in his prime. 'Ali is 38 years old,' Holmes said. 'His mind is making a date that his body can't keep.' Realistically, Ali had no chance of winning. But there was that kernel of doubt. Would beating Holmes be any more extraordinary than knocking out Sonny Liston and George Foreman? Ali himself fanned the flames. 'I'm so happy going into this fight,' he said. 'I'm dedicating this fight to all the people who've been told, "you can't do it". People who drop out of school because they're told they're dumb. People who go to crime because they don't think they can find jobs. I'm dedicating this fight to all of you people who have a Larry Holmes in your life. I'm gonna whup my Holmes, and I want you to whup your Holmes.' It was a horrible night. Ali was a shell of his former self. He had no reflexes, no legs, no punch. Nothing, except his pride and the crowd chanting, 'Ali! Ali!'. Holmes, who was eight years younger than his opponent, dominated every minute of every round. It wasn't an athletic contest; just a brutal beating that went on and on. Later, some observers claimed that Holmes lay back because of his fondness for Ali. But Holmes was being cautious, not compassionate. 'I love the man,' he acknowledged afterwards. 'But when the bell rung, I didn't even know his name.' In round nine, Holmes stunned Ali with an uppercut that draped the challenger against the ropes. Turning away involuntarily, Ali covered his face with his gloves and Holmes followed with a right hand to the kidney that caused Ali to cringe and double over in pain. 'Holmes hit him with that punch to the body, and Ali screamed,' Lloyd Wells, a member of Ali's entourage who was at ringside later recalled. 'I never will forget that as long as I live. Ali screamed.' Round 10 was more of the same. 'Like watching an autopsy on a man who's still alive,' Sylvester Stallone said later. Finally, after 10 rounds, Angelo Dundee, Ali's trainer, stopped the carnage. An era in boxing - and an entire historical era - was over. Hand signed by Muhammad Ali & Larry Holmes to front cover as shown. Original 1980 programme to this iconic match up. Complete programme with colour sleeve as shown. Cover is hand signed by both boxers. Would look incredible framed or mounted. Autographed in person by Muhammad Ali & Larry Holmes. A stunning beautifully preserved BOXING PROGRAMME in wonderful condition. A superb Muhammad Ali autograph and Larry Holmes hand signed autograph as shown. Very rare vintage ALI. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
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