The boxing gloves worn by Muhammad Ali in one of his most famous fights are being sold at auction. The Louisville native—then known as Cassius Clay—wore the gloves in 1971 during the first of his three fights against Joe Frazier.
The gloves will be up for bidding July 31 at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland. When the gloves were auctioned in 2012, they sold for nearly $386,000.
Ali used the gloves in what was called the “Fight of the Century.” Ali and Frazier were both undefeated heading into the event at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Frazier knocked Ali down and won a 15-round decision.
The Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville is funding a $10,000 scholarship open to students around the world.
The center says the Generation Ali Global Citizenship Scholarship Program will give 15 students a chance to continue their education. Eight awards will be for U.S. students, including two local recipients, and seven for international students. The local awards will be designated as Ina Brown Bond Scholars.
Recipients will be asked to discuss their essay topics at the Ali Center and host an online forum for a year through the center's website.
A fan of Muhammad Ali has acquired an important piece of memorabilia: the boxing legend's boyhood home. Louisville realtor Dave Lambrechts told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Las Vegas real estate investor Jared Weiss closed on the property the day before. He said Weiss paid $70,000 for the small white house with a sagging front porch overhang in a western Louisville neighborhood made up of mostly neat, modest homes.
Boxing great Muhammad Ali is hoping to inspire a new generation of leaders through a social media campaign. The campaign, called Generation Ali, is being launched in conjunction with the Summer Olympics in London. It will link young leaders around the world.