DALLAS – Muhammad Ali’s championship belt from the 1974 Rumble in the Jungle heavyweight title fight sold for $6.18 million at auction on Sunday.
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsey won the hotly contested battle for the belt, according to Heritage Auctions in Dallas.
In a tweet on Sunday, Irsay confirmed that he bought the belt because of his collection of rock music, American history and pop culture memorabilia, which is currently traveling the country.
The belt will be unveiled on Aug. 2 at Chicago’s Navy Pier and on Sept. 9 in Indianapolis.
“After hours of watching the two contenders go back and forth over this belt, this proved to be a worthy Rumble fight,” said Chris Ivy, Heritage’s director of sports auctions.
BREAKING –Muhammad Ali’s
1974 ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ championship belt defeating George Foreman by rope – newly added @IrsayCollection Just in time for Chicago’s show at Navy Pier on August 2nd (and in Indy on September 9th). I am proud to be a steward!🙏 pic.twitter.com/REJOGV1Cwq
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) July 24, 2022
The 1974 fight was one of boxing’s most memorable moments. Ali stopped the feared George Foreman to reclaim his heavyweight title in the African country of Zaire. Ali won the fight by knockout in the eighth round.
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