Flamboyant former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali is currently taking Dublin by storm. He's?
GV Ali in white shorts sparring in ring (2 shots)
GV ZOOM IN Ali on balcony of hotel
MV Ali speaking
SCU Lewis walking with colleagues
GV PAN FROM River to Lewis surrounded by colleagues and admirers.
"All I can see is green. All I can see is green..and "Blue" is falling on the ground. Because I am the champion, I am champion, I am the greatest, I cannot lose. I'm the real king of the world. I'm going to retire Joe Frazier and come back to Ireland and spend a great holiday."
Cameramen Bill Russell's coverage includes shots of Ali sparring with British heavyweight John Conteh and film of "Blue" Lewis sightseeing in Dublin.
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Background: Flamboyant former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali is currently taking Dublin by storm. He's there to fight fellow-American Al "Blue" Lewis in a non-title but on Wednesday.
Since arriving, Ali has met the Irish Prime Minister, Mr. Jack Lynch, and is followed everywhere by crowds of admirers. Little is known about his opponent, the six-foot four-inch (1.93 metres) Lewis, who learned to box while serving a prison sentence.
Lewis was once one of Ali's sparring partners. Ali suggests he's now one of the most underrated heavyweights in the world. But, in his customary fashion, Ali predicts final victory for himself.
The former champion made the prediction when he was filmed on the balcony of his hotel. In his own inimitable balcony scene, Ali praised the Emerald Isle--Ireland--and his own ringcraft:
SYNOPSIS: Muhammad Ali, the former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, has been globetrotting again. This time he's in Dublin. Ali, in the white shorts, was sparring in the build-up for his fight with fellow-American Al "Blue" Lewis, scheduled for Wednesday. Ali has taken Dublin by storm. Crowds follows him everywhere and news of his arrival even pushed the Northern Ireland situation out of the headlines. Ali's opponent, "Blue" Lewis, is a little known fighter. Ali says he's underestimated, but predicts that he will be knocked out-"Blue will fall," he says. He also praises the green isle of ireland:
"Blue" Lewis, out sightseeing in Dublin, is a former sparring partner of Ali. He learned to box while serving a prison sentence. Since then, he's recorded twenty-seven wins in thirty-three fights. While Ali lives at a luxury hotel, Lewis has more modest accommodation at a hotel by the river. But despite the enormous task facing him on Wednesday, Lewis has claimed that he can punch and move as fast as the former world champion.