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Penned and signed in the hand of The Greatest, this is an amazing piece of original artwork by Muhammad Ali. This ballpoint pen on paper would have been a prophetic work of art had Ali’s prediction been correct. The drawing done in blue ink shows Joe Frazier on his knees on the canvas, proclaiming to Ali, “You are The Greatest.” Note that this is represented as round 9. Unfortunately, this would prove to be one of the first incorrect predictions Ali would make during his fighting career, as the first meeting between Frazier and Ali in Madison Square Garden proved to be one of the most difficult, and was unanimously decided in favor of Frazier. Many believe this first of three meetings between Ali & Frazier to be the most significant fight in the history of boxing. At the time Ali was still banned from boxing for his refusal to be drafted into the U.S. Army. There was a universal political movement by celebrities, sports writers, and fans to get Ali’s boxing license reinstated. This effort was largely the public’s response to the scheduled meeting between archrivals Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali - a bout which would be dubbed “The Fight of the Century.” Drawn above the fight scene are mountains representing the nation of Islam. This was done for a photographer who was taking Ali’s picture for the cover of a now defunct sports magazine, Jock. The drawing was done on the spot in front of the photographer and is inscribed to his wife as well. Signed on the verso, “To Sandy and Jim from Muhammad Ali - World Heavyweight Champion.” A most significant piece of original artwork done before the first meeting between Ali & Frazier, as a prediction of the outcome of the fight. 8.5x11” paper on which it is drawn is severed neatly in the middle across a horizontal line. Otherwise EX.
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