Former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali says he'll retire in about a year's time,; once he has won back the title from fellow United States boxer George Foreman.
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ALI: "I will be in the league for maybe about another six or seven months. I'm getting ready to meet George Foreman if he can beat Ken Norton in a couple of weeks in Caracas, Venezuela and I'm sure I'm going to beat George Foreman because I'm too fast for George Foreman and after George Foreman I'll be champion again. I may defend it once or twice but then I would love to retire because I'm getting pretty old for this game. I'm thirty-three years old and I live the severe life but only for boxing....I give boxing some twenty-one years and I'm ready to retire so after another year I should be finished with boxing. Then I'd like to devote my time to converting more Muslims in America and Preaching and spreading the word of Elijah Mohammed, our religious leader and teacher there in the American area."
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Background: Former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali says he'll retire in about a year's time,; once he has won back the title from fellow United States boxer George Foreman. Ali made the claim after arriving in Cairo on Monday (11 March) as part of his tour of the Arab nations.
Ali says he's getting too old for boxing at 33, but says he could still beat Foreman because he is too fast for the World Champion. Foreman won the World Heavyweight crown from Joe Frazier who Ali recently beat. Foreman now faces a challenge from another world-rated United States heavyweight, Ken Norton, whom he is due to fight in Caracas, Venezuela. Should Foreman win that bout, he will almost certainly have to face Ali in defence of his title. Muhammad Ali says he'll and then may defend his title a couple of times before retiring. He says he wants to devote his time to converting more Muslims in the United States and spreading the word of Elijah Mohammed, the leader of the Black Muslim sect in the United States. Ali gave this exclusive to Visnews in his room at the Cairo Hilton.