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Description: Joe Frazier W.B.C. Championship Belt - a replacement presented to Frazier after gifting of his original to Nelson Mandela (NM) Desirable belt done in green leather with large applied cast faceplate that is titled at center, "World Champion W.B.C". Ringing the edge and incorporated otherwise into the design are enameled flags from all member Countries of the sanctioning board. Medallions mounted at either side feature relief portraits of Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali. The belt is accompanied by documentation from the W.B.C. to include a July 2009 dated letter signed by WBC President Jose Sulaiman which reads "The World Boxing Council if proud to present Smoking Joe Frazier with a special WBC replica belt, as the closest available replacement to his original Championship belt that was so very generously awarded by Frazier to Nelson Mandela upon his release from prison. The WBC holds the highest esteem for it Champions, especially for those with an exemplary behaviour outside ring line our great hero Joe Frazier. Once a WBC Champion, always a WBC Champion!." Also includes a WBC Certificate of Authenticity (also signed by Sulaiman) which bears a "284" registration number. The belt itself has been signed on the back by Sulaiman in black marker and he has written a matching number ("284") which slightly overlaps a security hologram. Very fine overall condition with little to no mentionable wear. Please note that both pieces of documentation were previously housed in a display and the typed letter has small pieces of velcro on each back corner, the COA has a piece of double sided tape adhered to front which would likely cause damage if removed. An exceptional piece of noted importance to the storied career of one of the great Heavyweight Champions of our time. Letter of provenance from the Frazier Family: NM ($5,000-$10,000)
This item closed at 02/26/2014 at 10:31 pm. No more bids are being accepted on this item.

Final Bid: $8,000.00

Current EST: 11/26/21 9:30:18 PM