• Short Summary

    ONE OF THE IVORY COAST'S MOST PROMISING YOUNG BOXERS, JAMES AMAO, WAS BURIED IN ABIDJAN ON FRIDAY AFTER HIS DEATH ON TUESDAY.

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    RTI FILM LIBRARY


    1.
    SEQUENCE SHOWS JAMES K'OD BY AGBE AND CARRIED UNCONSCIOUS FROM THE RING (5 SHOTS)



    REUTERS - COLMAR


    2.
    CU SIGN OUTSIDE CHURCH
    0.22

    3.
    GV EXT. CHURCH
    0.25

    4.
    SV INT. CHURCH SERVICE IN PROGRESS
    0.27

    5.
    LV PAN FROM PRIEST TO COFFIN.
    0.32

    6.
    GV COURTEGE ARRIVES AT CEMETERY
    0.38

    7.
    CU BOXING GLOVES ON FRONT OF HEARSE
    0.40

    8.
    TV HEARSE PASSES
    0.45

    9.
    CU BOXER IN FUNERAL PROCESSION
    0.48

    10.
    TV COFFIN CARRIED TO GRAVESIDE
    0.52

    11.
    TV MOURNERS
    0.53

    12.
    TV COFFIN LOWERED INTO GRAVE
    0.56

    13.
    SV GRAVESIDE SERVICE
    1.00

    14.
    SCU YOUNG BOYS BOXING PAN TO GRAVE
    1.08

    15.
    CU MOURNER CRYING
    1.11



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: ONE OF THE IVORY COAST'S MOST PROMISING YOUNG BOXERS, JAMES AMAO, WAS BURIED IN ABIDJAN ON FRIDAY AFTER HIS DEATH ON TUESDAY. AMAO WAS KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS ON DECEMBER FIRST IN ABOUT AGAINST ANOTHER IVORY COAST FIGHTER, JEANNOT DAGBE, AND DIED WITHOUT REGAINING CONSCIOUSNESS.

    AMAO WAS OF NIGERIAN ORIGIN, BUT LIVED IN ABIDJAN.

    AMAO FOUGHT SUCCESSFULLY AS AN AMATEUR BOTH IN NIGERIA AND THE IVORY COAST, HE TURNED PROFESSIONAL ONLY IN RECENT MONTHS, AND HAD SIX PROFESSIONAL FIGHTS, WINNING FIVE AND LOSING ONE.

    A POST MORTEM EXAMINATION WAS CONDUCTED ON THE DAY BEFORE THE FUNERAL. THE RESULTS HAVE NOT YET BEEN RELEASED.

    FELLOW ATHLETES PAID HOMAGE TO AMAO, WHOM THEY REGARDED WITH AFFECTION. THEY DESCRIBED HIM AS GENTLE, MODEST AND A FINE SPORTSMAN.

    THE FINAL MOMENTS OF WHAT WAS TO BECOME A FATAL BOUT. JAMES AMAO - FORMERLY OF NIGERIA - AND JEANNOT DAGBE, BOTH REGISTERED AS IVORY COAST FIGHTERS MET IN A CONTEST AT ABIDJAN. IT WAS AMAO'S SEVENTH PROFESSIONAL FIGHT - AND HIS LAST. HE NEVER REGAINED CONSCIOUSNESS, AND DIED FIVE DAYS LATER - ON TUESDAY - IN ABIDJAN. HE WAS BURIED IN HIS ADOPTED CITY ON FRIDAY AMIDST GREAT MOURNING AMONG THE SPORTING FRATERNITY OF THE IVORY COAST.

    SCORES OF PEOPLE ATTENDED THE YOUNG BOXER'S FUNERAL. AMAO HAD ONLY RECENTLY DECIDED UPON A CAREER IN THE RING. HE HAD WORKED AS A DIESEL MECHANIC, AND FOLLOWED HIS TRADE AFTER LEAVING NIGERIA TO LIVE IN THE IVORY COAST.

    HIS DEATH CAME AS A SHOCK TO AMAO'S FELLOW ATHLETES, WHO REGARDED HIM WITH AFFECTION. THEY DESCRIBED HIM AS GENTLE, MODEST AND SENSITIVE FRIEND AND A FINE SPORTSMAN AND AN AMBASSADOR OF BOXING.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2NZAEHYF4ACHYSQT5A8HB1TA9
    Media URN:
    VLVA2NZAEHYF4ACHYSQT5A8HB1TA9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/12/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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