Black America boxer John Tate fights white South African Gerrie Coetzee in Pretoria on Saturday night (20 October) in a world heavyweight title bout.
SV John Tate sparring in preparation for fight
SV ZOOM TO CU John Tate being interviewed
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: REPORTER: "Big John, you finally had your way, you came all the way here to work out, how do you feel?"
TATE: "I feel super."
REPORTER: "Was it worth coming all this way?"
TATE: "It was"
REPORTER: "Why is that?"
TATE: "Because I had a chance to do my last work-out here and adjust to the climate here."
REPORTER: "So does it make you feel easier in you mind?"
TATE: "Yes, it made me feel a lot better, because in my mind I felt it would be a hard thing to come here and work and finish my work out here, my final work-out.
REPORTER: "Do you think it's going to give you a big advantage over.
TATE: "Well, there is no advantage involved in this, I just came down here to finish my final work-out, and I would like to finish here and that's what I did."
REPORTER: "John, to change the subject, you now have 72 hours before the fight, how do you feel?"
TATE: "I feel super, I'm just waiting on Saturday so I can get home."
REPORTER: "What are you going to do between now and Saturday, how will you pass the time?"
TATE: "What do you mean, what am I doing, I'm going to go out there and I'm (INDISTINCT)."
REPORTER: "What's that?"
REPORTER: "John Tate, thanks very much, and best of luck".
TATE: "Thank you".
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Background: Black America boxer John Tate fights white South African Gerrie Coetzee in Pretoria on Saturday night (20 October) in a world heavyweight title bout. The fight will decide who inherits the World Boxing Association (WBA) crown vacated by Mohammad Ali.
SYNOPSIS: Tate finished his final workout in Johannesburg. He--like Coetzee--is undefeated, but the bookies give Coetzee the edge, although everyone agrees it's going to be a close fight. At the weigh-in, Tate had an 8 kilogramme (17 pound) weight advantage over Coetzee. His aided said he was at least 2 kilos (5 pounds) heavier that his normal fighting weight--auguring a short battle, one way or the other.