1965 Muhammad Ali vs. Floyd Patterson "Working Press Box" Full Ticket

Sold For: $300

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 2076

Item Year: 1965

Category: Football/Basketball/Hockey/Boxing/Other Sports

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Full "Working Press Box" ticket to the World's Heavyweight Championship fight between champion Muhammad Ali and Floyd Patterson at the Las Vegas Convention Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 22, 1965. The ticket, which was issued for members of the press and was not valid for regular admission, features portrait images of both Ali and Patterson. Ali defeated Patterson by technical knockout in the twelfth round in what was one of the uglier bouts in Ali's memorable career. Prior to the fight Patterson refused to recognize Ali by his new Muslim name, and instead referred to him by Ali's birth name, Cassius Clay. Ali, in turn, called Patterson an "Uncle Tom." During the fight, Ali verbally taunted Patterson while punishing him for twelve rounds until the referee mercifully stopped it. The ticket (6 x 2.5 inches) remains in spectacular Near Mint to Mint condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+.

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