Name: ALI, MUHAMMAD EXHIBITION ON SITE POSTER (1972)
History: The Muhammad Ali Boxing Show, as it was billed, rolled into San Antonio a few days before Tuesday night October 24, 1972 charity exhibition. Details of the event are hard to pin down; the coverage in the two San Antonio dailies, the San Antonio Light and the San Antonio Express, is somewhat contradictory and mostly concerned with the entertainment aspect of the event. According to the Light, the exhibition had been scheduled to feature Ali and three fighters, Ronnie Wright, Sonny Moore, and Terry Daniels, but Elmo Henderson had been added to the card after he had shown up for Ali’s pre-bout workout and popped off in the gym. Daniels, the biggest Texas draw in boxing at the time by virtue of his brutal loss to Frazier earlier that year, remembers Elmo monkeying with Ali at the prefight press conference. “Elmo went there and started fooling with Ali while Ali was talking,” he says. “So Ali started flicking jabs at Elmo to play around, and Elmo just calmly blocked them off, talking back to Ali, talking to reporters, guarding his face from those jabs. He never quit talking.” The newspaper accounts place Elmo squarely in the ring. The Express said that “Henderson danced better than Ali and made better faces . . . and he was chased after two rounds, undoubtedly. The event was held at the Muncipal Auditorium in San Antonio. Offered here is an extremely rare, original, on site poster for this event.
Full description: This is an original, cardboard on site poster which pictures Ali and his opponents. Bold color and print. Bold, clear images. Light water stain on right edge. Some paper loss and tack holes on the perimeter from mounting. Mild crease at lower left corner. Edge, corner and surface wear. 22" x 28." Incredibly rare, the only example we have seen.
Size: 22 x 28
Categories: Ali, Muhammad/Cassius Clay - Posters & Broadsides & Lobby Cards -
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