It was in this gym and the surrounding neighborhood with its vibrant mix of racial, political and cultural identities, some have argued, that Cassius Clay took his first crucial steps to becoming Muhammad Ali.
Black leather boxing headgear with yellow interior. Open face design with cheek protection and adjustable head and chin straps for customized fit. "EVERLAST" label on front.
This white cotton terry robe (a) and belt (b) were used by Muhammad Ali while training in 1980 at Deer Lake, Pennsylvania, for a fight against Larry Holmes. The robe has full-length sleeves, a turned collar, and falls just below the knees. There are two (2) patch pockets, one at each front side waist, with rounded bottom edges. A white rectangular patch with black text reading "EVERLAST" is sewn to the proper left front chest. Two (2) self-fabric belt loops are sewn to the robe, one at each side waist, for securing the self-fabric belt (b). Black leather letters are sewn on the back across the shoulders reading "MUHAMMAD / ALI" with the name Muhammad arcing over the name Ali. The robe is self-lined in white cotton terry.
A dark brown leather Everlast portfolio with tan cloth pockets. Gold embossing near the center top reads: [CHRIS DUNDEE] on front side of the portfolio. The top has a zipper to close bag. Gold embossed logo near the handles reads: [EVERLAST / Choice of Champions], on either side.
White terry cloth Everlast robe worn by Muhammad Ali at the 5th Street Gym. Robe includes a terry cloth belt. On the front right panel, situated on the upper chest, is a label for the brand in worn black letters. [EVERLAST/MADE IN U. S. A./Made Expressly for MUHAMMED ALI]. On the back sewn in large black letters is Muhammad Ali's name [MUHAMMED/ALI].
Red and white boxing shorts worn by Evander Holyfield. Shorts are predominantly red with a white stripe on both sides. The waist band is white with a white label with black type that reads: [®/EVERLAST/MADE IN U.S.A.]. White embroidered type at bottom of shorts' front reads: [Real-Deal/Holyfield].