Hand protection used for fighting dates back to the Ancient Greeks, who used strips of ox hide wrapped around their hands – these were known as himantes. Today, the gloves that are used in modern boxing were developed during the 20th century. This pair belonged to Muhammad Ali, from his 1963 bout against Henry Cooper. In the fourth round, Cooper struck Ali with a left hook, almost knocking him out. Ali gained an extra 20 seconds to recover after it was noticed that one of his gloves had split, exposing the horsehair padding inside.
Ali’s glove were featured in an exhibition of his life, ‘I Am The Greatest’, at the O2 Arena in 2016