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Lot 2098: Joe Frazier's Signed WBC World Heavyweight Championship Boxing Belt
The most sought after title in the sport of boxing is accompanied and symbolized in its regal essence by the ultimate symbol of achievement -- the magical "Belt". There are many replicas of championship belts floating around, but a real belt is worth its hefty weight in flesh, blood, fame and fortune. We offer one of those real items -- the WBC (World Boxing Council) Heavyweight Championship belt -- from one of one of the toughest and most relentless champs of all time, Smokin' Joe Frazier. The glittering WBC belt honors and places in historical context his 15-round War of the Worlds decision against Muhammad Ali on March 8, 1971 in Madison Square Garden, the fight that spawned not only the 3-fight series of bloodfests between the legendary gladiators but also a cottage industry of collectibles -- of which this may be the best. This personal prize of Smokin' Joe, awarded to him probably sometime in the late '70s/early '80s, post-championship, is a boxing masterpiece in itself, obtained directly from the man himself. The belt is signed on the reverse, "This is my belt, Smokin' Joe Frazier." Front buckle bears the colorful enameled flags of the world's countries and raised text, "World Champion WBC." Flanking it are two smaller medallions, bearing the raised images of Muhammad Ali and Joe Louis with the words "World Boxing Council" above each of their heads. Encased in a plexiglas display with engraved plate below which reads, "Smokin' Joe Frazier - Heavyweight Champion of the World, 1968-1973." Though George Foreman lifted the title from Joe (by lifting him off his feet in a 6-knockdown carnage), and Ali would then win it back from Foreman, the word "champ" will forever be appended to Joe Frazier's name. And the belt will always back him up. LOA from Frazier.
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