The world's richest prize-fight, the battle between heavy-weight Champion George Foreman and former Champion Muhammad Ali, is now expected to take place on either the 23rd or 30th October.
GV EXT. Gymnasium.
CU Zaire flag.
SV INT. Foreman using punchbag.
SV Foreman (green trunks, no head gear) sparring and backing round ring.
SV Spectators watch Foremen leave ring and walk away (3 shots)
SV Ali enters gym and punches bag lightly. (2 shots)
SV & CU Ali (bare chested) sparring. (2 shots)
SCU Two spectators.
SV Ali on ropes talking with spectators.
Initials VS 22.24 VS 22.34
This film taken just before the accident to Foreman's eye, shows a much quicker Champion and a much slower challenger....two major surprises for boxing followers.
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Background: The world's richest prize-fight, the battle between heavy-weight Champion George Foreman and former Champion Muhammad Ali, is now expected to take place on either the 23rd or 30th October.
Promoters for the thirty-five-million-dollar (15-million-sterling) bout said on Tuesday (17 September) that the five weeks' postponement should give sufficient healing time for an injury over Foreman's right eye.
The one-inch long gash was caused by an elbow bump in a freak training accident.
Foreman's handlers, while not worried excessively about the injury, are still concerned that it could become a target for Ali's stinging left jabs.
The postponement will mean a major headache for the promoters, because thousands of sports arenas and cinemas have been booked for the closed-circuit telecast of the fight.