George Foreman former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, has called for an official inquiry into last week's fight in which he lost his title to Muhammed Ali in Zaire's capital, Kinshasa.
GV EXTERIOR Hotel Georges V
SV INTERIOR Foreman enters room and sits
SVS Foreman speaking (with French translator) (3 shots)
FOREMAN: "I'm no loner Champion. (Translation). For a while, whilst in Paris, I always, wherever I go now, leave the impression that I would love a re-match and that I'm not a hundred per cent content that I lose the fight,. (Translation). Fairly... I didn't lose the fight fairly. (Translation). There were some elements within the count. (Translation). All Champions and past Champions have had a chance to go down, no matter how hard, and get up and fight. (Translation.). And I was guaranteed five million dollars to fight. (Translation). And, once knocked down, I don't think I got a chance to earn all that money., (Translation). I think that one day everything, after they've been proved and explained, morally he will feel that he will have to fight me again. (Translation)."
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Background: George Foreman former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, has called for an official inquiry into last week's fight in which he lost his title to Muhammed Ali in Zaire's capital, Kinshasa.
Speaking to newsman in Paris -- where he is resting -- on Monday (4 November), he said: "I'm not asking for my title back, but I am asking the World Boxing Association and the World Boxing Council for a probe.
"I know I lost, but there were three, four or five things reported to me as being illegal."
He mentioned an allegedly-fast count, the canvas being too soft and tampering with the ropes by Ali's handlers during the fight.
Foreman's statements in English were accompanied by a sporadic translation in French. An excerpt, giving his central complaints, appears on film with the accompanying translation ion French. A transcript follows: