Whatever Jim Irsay wants, he can get because his bank account can allow him to do so.
The Colts owner is making waves this week after he posted on Twitter that he has purchased Muhammad Ali’s WBC championship belt from the famed “Rumble in the Jungle” bout.
The purchase was made for $6.18 million, according to Sports Collectors Daily, one of the highest prices ever paid for a piece of athletic memorabilia.
Ali won the belt by defeating George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire, on Oct. 30, 1974, and he retained it until losing to Leon Spinks on Feb. 15, 1978.
Heritage Auctions wrote in the listing that this is one of two WBC championships from Ali that’s known to exist. The other is in a private museum and “unlikely to ever see the hobby’s auction block.”
Back in February, Irsay spent $438,000 on the robe Ali wore for his 1965 rematch with Liston. The next month he purchased the pair of gloves the heavyweight wore for a 1966 fight against Karl Mildenberger.
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