As good as he was in the ring, Muhammad Ali was even better as a promoter. Leading up to his 1974 championship fight vs. George Foreman, Ali provided perhaps his best known quote. Depicting Foreman as big, slow and lumbering, he crafted some unforgettable poetry that included the line "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, his hands can't hit what his eyes can't see".
In celebration of his 10/30/74 lineal heavyweight championship victory over "Big George", the flamboyant victor bestowed commemorative medallions to his friends and entourage. Offered is one of these glorious keepsakes, a true prize from the world of boxing collectibles. Measuring 1-1/2" in diameter, this gleaming medal is ringed by a circle of faux diamonds and is attached with a heavy brass chain. This distinctive piece bears a raised matte finish portrait image of Ali against a shining proof like background on the obverse with the words "World's Heavyweight Champion" across the top and a facsimile signature and the date "1974" across the bottom.
The reverse reveals this particular medallion to be the rarer of two known versions. The more plentiful version features a map of Africa on the reverse, while this one has extensive text that reads in full as "Good Luck From the Greatest Heavyweight Champion of All Time, Float Like A Butterfly, Sing Like A Bee, A Legend! An Enigma! The People's Champion, 1776-1976". All details on this incredible commemorative remain distinct and appealing, with only minor wear and light pitting on the field evident. Go the distance for this one and count yourself a friend of Ali's.