ALI, MUHAMMAD SIGNED OLYMPIC TORCH
Regular price $10,000.00
HISTORY: Muhammad Ali was born on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky. He won the World Heavyweight Title from Sonny Liston on February 25, 1964. He announced his retirement in February of 1970 but was back in the ring later that October. He won the NABF Heavyweight Title On July 26, 1971 in a bout with Jimmy Ellis. He regained the World Heavyweight Title when he fought George Foreman in Zaire on October 30, 1974. He retired after losing to Trevor Berbick on December 11, 1981 with a final record of 56-5 with 37 KO's. In 1996 Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic torch at the summer Olympic games in Atlanta. We offer here a replica Olympic torch to the one used in Atlanta which has been signed by Muhammad Ali. This torch was signed on October 8, 1999 at the pro debut of Ali's daughter Laila at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. The torch was part of the collection of Sam Alex. Alex, a friend of Carmen Basilio asked Basilio if he could get Ali to sign the torch while seated at ringside. Basilio succeeded. Comes with a photo of Ali signing for Basilio at ringside and on the back of the photo Basilio has written, "I got the torch signed. Carmen Basilio."
FULL DESCRIPTION: A 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games torch signed on the middle handle "Muhammad Ali/ 19-96 Cassius Clay 19-60" in black sharpie. The torch features 22 aluminum "reeds," one for each Olympic Games up to 1996. Additionally, it features two gold plated brass rings, the first displaying the inscription "Atlanta 1996" with the Atlanta Games emblem and the second featuring the names of the host cities of the Olympic Games of the modern era. The torch was the tallest ever for a summer Olympic Games and the only one designed to be grasped in the middle. The handle is made of Georgia pecan wood. Torch length, 31 5/8 inches.
Size: 31 5/8 inch long