Jim Irsai in 2019

The owner of the NFL team buys the rare Muhammad Ali belt for millions

Indianapolis Colts Owner Jim Irsai added boxing gold to his impressive collection on Sunday.

Bought by Irsay Muhammad Ali Heavyweight Championship A belt from when he defeated boxing legend George Foreman in a “Rumble in the Jungle” match in Zaire in 1974.

“Breaking—- Muhammad Ali’s championship belt from 1974’s ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ has just been added to IrsayCollection,” Irsay tweeted. “Just in time for the August 2 show in Chicago’s Navy Pier (and September 9 in Indy). Proud to be the host.”

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay speaks to fans during Dwight Freeney’s induction to the Indianapolis Colts’ Ring of Honor at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 10, 2019, in Indianapolis. (Justin Casterlin/Getty Images/Getty Images)


Irsay purchased the belt for more than $6.1 million, according to Heritage Auctions.

“two Muhammad Ali WBC belts are known to exist, one in a private museum collection that you’re unlikely to see on the hobby auction block. Presented here is the only known heavyweight title belt of Muhammad Ali remaining on Earth.”

Muhammad Ali in the rumble in the uncle

George Foreman, left, and Muhammad Ali boxing in Zaire Stadium on May 20, “Rumble in the Woods”, October 30, 1974. (Ken Reagan/Disney General Entertainment via Getty Images/Getty Images)

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But the historical significance of the piece, arguably the most important boxing prize ever available at auction, is simply immeasurable. Far more than a prize for elite athlete achievement, this belt serves as a silent witness to Muhammad Ali’s daring pursuit of justice itself and a symbol of the complexities that The myriads of race, religion, and patriotism that challenge us all to this day. It truly is a priceless artifact of the American experience and American life as nothing lived up to now.”

Irsay has amassed a huge collection of memorabilia. I bought shoes fromThrilla in ManilaIn 1975 and Ali’s robe from when he fought Sonny Liston in 1965, the first fight after he changed his name from Cassius Clay.

Muhammad Ali challenges George Foreman

Muhammad Ali, right, punches George Foreman in a heavyweight championship fight October 30, 1974, in Kinshasa, Zaire. Ali won and regained his title. (Focus on sports/Getty Images/Getty Images)

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Apart from Ali’s remains, Ersay also Ringo Star Drum From one of the Beatles’ performances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1974, George Harrison’s Gibson SG played some of the Beatles’ most famous recordings and historical pieces such as recommending the first Thanksgiving to be celebrated in the United States from 1777.

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