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    Britain's World Heavyweight Boxing championship challenger, Joe Bugner, files to Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (6 June) where he is to fight title-holder Muhammad Ali on 1 July.

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    GV PAN Village, across fields to road sign "St. Ives"

    LV Village street

    SV ZOOM INTO CU Bugner's red Rolls Royce No. plate "??? ON U" outside gym

    SV ZOOM INTO CU Sign "Andy's Boxing Academy"

    SV AND CU INTERIOR Bugner shadow boxing in ring (2 shots)

    CU Poster advertising Ali-Bugner fight in Las Vegas

    SV AND CU Bugner using punch bag, wearing plastic sweat suit covering all body except face (3 shots)

    Initials CL/2215 CL/2245


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    Background: Britain's World Heavyweight Boxing championship challenger, Joe Bugner, files to Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (6 June) where he is to fight title-holder Muhammad Ali on 1 July.

    On Wednesday (4 June) the Hungarian-born European Champion was rounding off his training programme at St. Ives in the English countryside, before leaving for the heat and humidity of Malaysia.

    In order to simulate the tropical conditions in which in which he will fight Ali, Bugner has been training in a centrally-heated gymnasium clad in a specially-designed plastic sweat suit. He has been losing up to half a stone (3.1 kg) in a normal work-out.

    Bugner is fit and confident. At the age of 25 he is nearly 8 years younger than the reigning champion. In February, 1973 he fought Ali in Las Vegas and lost on a points decision after going the full 12 rounds.

    So far 70 countries have shown interest in televising the Ali-Bugner fight, and seats in the 38,000-seat Merdeka stadium have been selling well. Bookings have been received from Japan, the United States, Australia, Britain and Saudi Arabia.

    SYNOPSIS: Peaceful, quiet....and cold .... Saint Ives in the English countryside. The scene for European heavyweight boxing programme before flying to Kuala Lumpur to fight Muhammad Ali on July the first for the world crown.

    At the selected gymnasium the British challenger's red Rolls Royce, with its distinctive "One On You" licence plate, forecasts the confidence in the Bugner camp.

    However, Bugner is under no illusions about the task before him -- to fight both Ali the Man and Ali the Legend. He will face many of the same problems that confronted George Foreman in Zaire, last year, when he lost the heavyweight title to Ali. Malaysia is a Muslim country and Ali -- as the world's most famous Islamic convert -- is a national hero. Schoolchildren have been starting each day with prayers for the champion to retain his crown. Bookings for ringside seats at the thirty-eight thousand capacity Merdeka Stadium have been received from Australia, Japan, the United States and Britain, but most have come from Saudi Arabia.

    Bugner last fought Ali in Las Vegas two years ago and lost a points decision after going the full twelve rounds.

    At the age of twenty-five, the challenger has nearly eight years on the champion and is undoubtedly fit.... but it hasn't been easy. While Ali has trained in the warmth of Miami, Bugner --at Saint Ives -- has had to make special preparations for the heat and humidity of Malaysia. In an attempt to simulate the strength-sapping climate in which he will fight, he's been working-out in the tailor-made plastic sweat suit he is seen wearing here. At some sessions he has sweated-off up to half a stone. Bugner says he can take Ali but the important thing will be to concentrate on boxing and not fall for the tricks and theatricals of the Louisville Lip.

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