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    The Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki who is going to wrestle and box world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, told a news conference in Tokyo yesterday (11 June) that he has "a few secret weapons" for the fight.

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    The Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki who is going to wrestle and box world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, told a news conference in Tokyo yesterday (11 June) that he has "a few secret weapons" for the fight.

    SYNOPSIS: Professional wrestler 33-year-old Inoki has been training with a Japanese heavyweight boxer to sharpen his skills for the big match on the 26th of June. He is confident Muhammad Ali will meet his match in the East when he arrives in Tokyo for the 10 million dollar (GBP5.6 million sterling) fight next Wednesday (16 June). Just to back up his beast, Inoki tried his punching skill on the 400 dollar (GBP 225 sterling) a night hotel bed where Ali will sleep.

    The idea for the fight started when Muhammad Ali made a challenge last year that he would give one million dollars (GBP 560 thousand sterling) to anyone in the Orient who could beat him "any time, any place, any way". This was too much bait for Inoki who took up the offer. What's upsetting Inoki now is that he will not be allowed to tackle or hit Ali from the floor. In his usual fashion, Ali has already given his Oriental opponent a nickname. It's the "pelican" because of his large, protruding jaw. Ali threatens to shatter the pelican's jaw because he claims to be in the best shape over.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2FR0VRFKVV9TR1RHFOD7VY1SN
    Media URN:
    VLVA2FR0VRFKVV9TR1RHFOD7VY1SN
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/06/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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