Boxing...and black American heavyweight John Tate is training hard for his fight with the controversial?
CU PULL OUT John Tate smearing vaseline on face. (2 SHOTS)
CU PULL OUT Tate putting on headguard.
SCU Second putting Tate's gloves on. (2 SHOTS)
SV Tate with motif on T-shirt with sparring partner David Johnson. (4 SHOTS)
SCU Tate sparring.
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Background: Boxing...and black American heavyweight John Tate is training hard for his fight with the controversial white South African Kallie Knoetze on June 2. Knoetze is the boxer whose Miami fight with Billy Sharkey was postponed in January when the American government revoked his visa. Public pressure forced the authorities to act after it was discovered that while Knoetze was a policeman in Pretoria, he seriously wounded a black youth who was later acquitted on all charges.
Tate arrived in South Africa at the end of April to have a full month for acclimatising to South African conditions. He sees the fight with Knoetze as one of the most important since he turned professional two years ago. But despite the controversy surrounding the South African earlier in the year, Tate has said he does not anticipate any adverse political reactions to the fight.
Tate's day begins at four o'clock each morning with a five mile (eight kilometre) run. Strenuous gym sessions follow before the American's eighteen-hour day finishes at ten in the evening. Despite losing to Cuba's Teofilo Stevenson in the first round of the 1976 Olympics, Tate has made a success of his professional career and is ranked No.3 by the World Boxing Association (WBA). Disregarding the controversy about his past exploits. Knoetze is a hard-hitting, formidable opponent who knocked out Billy Sharkey in four rounds when the postponed fight finally went ahead. If Tate beats him he seems sure to be at the fore of contenders if, as expected Muhammad Ali relinquishes his WBA title later this year.