The boxing gloves worn by Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston during their infamous 1965 rematch fight have fetched nearly $1-million (R11.6-million) at an auction in New York.


The gloves from the bout in Lewiston, Maine, on May 25 1965 - which Ali famously won with a first-round knockout from what some saw as a "phantom punch" - were picked up by George Russo, the boxing commissioner for Maine, and later sold on to a collector in California.


On Saturday they were purchased for $956000 by an anonymous buyer, according to Heritage Auctions of Dallas, Texas, which handled the sale.


The gloves were authenticated by a sworn affidavit and a letter from Ali.


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Source: Times Live