Muhammad Ali’s WBC world heavyweight title, which he won in a 1974 fight against George Foreman, has been auctioned off for $6.18 million. The greatest icon in the sport of boxing won the illustrious belt in one of his well-known triumphs.
The Indianapolis Colts owner (Jim Irsay) was the winning bidder for the World Boxing Council heavyweight boxing championship belt awarded to Muhammad Ali when he defeated George Foreman in the celebrated “Rumble in the Jungle” title held in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974.
Irsay also hinted the item might be shown at an August show of his collections in Chicago as well as in September at Indianapolis.
This isn’t the first time Irsay targeted a piece of history from the most iconic boxer of all time. In February, he spent $438,000 on the robe Ali wore for his 1965 rematch with Liston. One month later, he purchased the pair of gloves the heavyweight wore for a 1966 fight against Karl Mildenberger.
Ali, who died in 2016 at age 74, kept the WBC crown until losing to Leon Spinks in 1978.