• Short Summary

    MORE THAN 20-THOUSAND PEOPLE HAVE BOUGHT SEATS TO WATCH JIMMY ELLIS AND FLOYD PATTERSON FIGHT FOR THE WORLD BOXING ASSOCIATION HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE NEXT SATURDAY.

  • Description

    MORE THAN 20-THOUSAND PEOPLE HAVE BOUGHT SEATS TO WATCH JIMMY ELLIS AND FLOYD PATTERSON FIGHT FOR THE WORLD BOXING ASSOCIATION HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE NEXT SATURDAY. THE BOUT WILL TAKE PLACE IN STOCKHOLM.

    ELLIS, AGED 28, IS RATED NUMBER TWO BY THE RING. PATTERSON IS NO LONGER RATED BECAUSE OF INACTIVITY DURING THE PAST YEAR. HE WAS RATED NUMBER ONE, BUT HAS NOT FOUGHT SINCE OCTOBER LAST YEAR.

    ELLIS WAS A FORMER SPARRING PARTNER OF MUHAMMED ALI, WHOSE WORLD TITLE IS NO LONGER RECOGNISED BY THE W.B.A. HE IS ONE OF TWO RIVAL CLAIMANTS TO THE W.B.A. TITLE.

    HE HAS BEEN SPARRING IN PUBLIC AT THE STOCKHOLM TIVOLI WITH OLLIE WILSON, ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE MOHAMMED ALI STABLE.

    PATTERSON, TWICE WORLD CHAMPION, WILL BE TAKING PART IN HIS TWELFTH TITLE FIGHT - A RECORD SURPASSED ONLY BY JOE LOUIS AND TOMMY BURNS IN THE HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION. IRONICALLY, PATTERSON SAYS EVEN IF HE WINS THE FIGHT HE WILL NOT BE WORLD CHAMPION. HE WANTS ALSO TO DEFEAT THE OTHER CONTENDER FOR THE TITLE, JOE FRAZIER, RATED NUMBER ONE, BEFORE ACCEPTING THE W.B.A. CHAMPIONSHIP HONOURS.

    HE HAS BEEN TRAINING IN RONNEBY IN SOUTHERN SWEDEN. ALTHOUGH FIVE YEARS OLDER THAN ELLIS, HE HAS LONG EXPERIENCE IN THE RING, AND IS ESPECIALLY POPULAR AMONG SWEDISH BOXING FANS WHERE HE HAS FOUGHT BEFORE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA22C0B7U019XXYJG156817M5R2
    Media URN:
    VLVA22C0B7U019XXYJG156817M5R2
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/09/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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