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MEXICO CITY: In a boxing world often dominated by promoters, self-promoters and glitz – exhibit A, Mayweather vs. McGregor – Alberto Reyes likes to do things the old-fashioned way: His company still makes gloves by hand, just as it did for Muhammad Ali.Reyes likes to tell the story of the best publicity his company ever received, when it made the gloves for one of Ali's last fights: his 1978 match to reclaim his heavyweight title from Leon Spinks.That particular pair of gloves was made by longtime Cleto Reyes employee Ruben Albarran, today aged 64 .Soon Reyes was making his own gloves – and he gained the notice of his idol Zurita, who used Cleto Reyes gloves in a 1945 championship bout against American boxer Ike Williams.Word spread from one boxer to another that Cleto Reyes made an exceptional pair of gloves.Alberto Reyes says the company has never paid a fighter to wear its gloves.
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