European Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Bugner is sparing no effort in his bid to defeat World Champion Muhammad Ali in a title fight in Kuala Lumpur on 1 July.
GV 'Plane taxiing at airport
SV Welcoming party
SV Bugner leaves aircraft and waves to crowd on balcony
SV Crowd on balcony
SV Bugner shaking hands with welcoming party
SV Bugner wearing garland walks across tarmac to building
SV INT Drummers welcoming Bugner
SV Officials entering lounge
SV Bugner and party entering pressroom
SV Bugner talking to reporters
GV EXTERIOR Stadium
GV Men erecting extra seats & PAN OVER stadium (3 shots)
SV INT Boxing ring (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: BUGNER (SEQ 11): "As far as Muhammad Ali is concerned, I believe Muhammad has come to the end of the round now, and the younger men are in the fight".
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Background: European Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Bugner is sparing no effort in his bid to defeat World Champion Muhammad Ali in a title fight in Kuala Lumpur on 1 July.
With almost as much flamboyance as Ali customarily surrounds himself, Bugner arrived at Kuala Lumpur airport on Saturday (7 June). He's in Malaysia well ahead of time in order to prepare for the fight in stifling South-East Asian weather conditions.
A Colourful and excited crowd met bugner at the airport. He told waiting newsmen:
A special ring, 24 feet square and worth about GBP3,500 Sterling has been flown to Malaysia from the United States for the fight.
SYNOPSIS: Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia is preparing to host the next challenge to Muhammad Ali's World Heavyweight Boxing title ... which promises to be the most colourful match yet. Into Kuala Lumpur on Saturday flies Joe Bugner, European Heavyweight title holder, and the man who says Ali "is in for a shock".
A welcome fit for a King... which is exactly what Bugner's hoping to become ... King of the boxing ring.
Bugner's taking the title fight very seriously. For some time he's been training in a plastic "sweat suit", trying to simulate stifling Malaysian weather conditions. He's confident, believing Ali has come to the end of his spectacular reign.
The testing time will come when the bell sounds on July the first at Merdeka Stadium, in Kuala Lumpur. Workmen have installed hundreds, and are preparing the way for the special ring which has come from the United States.
The ring is international size, 24-feet square, and it cost about three-and-a-half-thousand pounds sterling. But that's just a small slice of what this fight will bring in.