A CHARD auction house has a very unique piece of sporting history set to go under the hammer this year.

Stuart Bull Auction House has the genuine torn glove worn by Cassius Clay in the 1963 fight against Henry Cooper.

They have said it could be the most controversial piece of memorabilia from the most controversial bout in the history of boxing.

The genuine torn glove worn by Cassius Clay in the 1963 fight against Henry cooper, believed to have been cut with a pair of scissors by his then trainer Angelo Dundee (who admitted this some 20 years later) will go to auction on June 18.

For anyone interested in the item, you can bid by calling the auction house on 07812191267 or 0146068432. Or you can email info@chardauctions.co.uk.

For some context, the glove was immediately sent back to Baileys glove manufacturer in Glastonbury after the fight and stayed in their safe until the factory closed down a few decades later.

In the late eighties the MD of Baileys Richard Mayers met with Henry Cooper and asked him to sign this piece of history, which he did.

The glove was split between the rounds 4 and 5 just after Clay received a stunning blow from ”enry’s ammer” and Clay was later heard to have said that Cooper hit him so hard that his ancestors in Africa felt it.

Changing the gloves gave Clay at least 3-5 minutes recuperation time to allow him to go on and finish off to cut over Coopers right eye which eventually lead to Coopers corner throwing  in the towel towards the end of round 5.

At the auction, it is estimate to fetch between £300,000 and £500,000.

The glove comes with a hand written letter from the MD of Baileys describing its provenance together with MD’s cv, the deeds to the factory and original Mirrorpic photo of the round 4 knock out.

A spokesperson from Stuart Bull Auctions said: "It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase this amazing piece of history.

"Call us on 07812191267 or 01460 68432 or email info@chardauctions.co.uk"

Stuart Bull Auctions specialises in the sale of fine art, jewellery, antique toys, coins, militaria, stamps, rare books & publications, fine Chinese & European porcelain and antique furniture.   

The sales are live in both the auction room and on three worldwide platforms online platforms,  reaching a global audience.