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Manila Gorilla

March 11th, 2009

Manila Gorilla

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee! Wornby dip into the archive for Comic Relief 2009!

T-shirt label Wornby have dipped into their vaults to re-release a vintage replica of classic t-shirt ‘Manila Gorilla’ in support of the latest Red Nose Day campaign for Comic Relief 2009.

The ‘Manila Gorilla’ t-shirt made famous by legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was worn by the athlete himself in the run up to his fight with Joe Frazier on October 1st, 1975 at Areneta Stadium, Manila.

Manila Gorilla

Though defeated by his nemesis five years previously, Ali was back determined to win the World Heavy weight title and show the boxing world who was boss! Providing fantastic theatrical value that Ali was famous for he was again victorious over his rival and aptly named this heated fight ‘The Thriller in Manila’ and mockingly referred to Frazier as the ‘Gorilla’.

For every piece of Wornby’s sporting history sold between March 9th – March 30th Wornby will donate £5 to Comic Relief.

The monies raised will be used by the charity to provide aid and support throughout Africa and the UK benefiting a number of causes including malaria, education and maternal and mental health.

1 Comment

  • Cobi Achara

    March 20, 2009

    I have this t-shirt when it first came out by wornby, very cool. I love there t-shirts

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