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    Boxing promoter, Don King, has hinted that Muhammad Ali's next title fight may be in Teheran.

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    SV Don King and friends at table
    SV Newsmen taking notes (BOTH SHOTS SILENT)
    CU Don King speaking (SOUND)

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: KING: "There is speculation about Muhammad Ali's next title fight. So I want to add something to that. Yesterday in Macao I spoke to George Foreman. I asked George Foreman would he be willing to fight in Hong Kong. George Foreman informed me that he had one commitment prior to another promoter, named Gerry Ferrenzio of a smaller price but that he would welcome the opportunity to be promoted by me again and to join again the great promoting (INDISTINCT) the great majority of his fights up until he meets Muhammad Ali Again. As you know Ken Norton was then in Manila for the greatest promotion of all time thus far -- a fight that (INDISTINCT) all of you who were privileged to see will join me in saying that Joe Frazsier was tremendous in that event. He was very courageous and I think it was one of the best fights we have seen in out life-time. Muhammad Ali has said that he would like to fight in Iran. This is his choice, his desire -- to fight for the Shah. He career that it should be staged in Tehran."

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    Background: Boxing promoter, Don King, has hinted that Muhammad Ali's next title fight may be in Teheran. King said that Ali preferred to hold his next fight in Teheran before the Shah. But he added that the fight could also be in Hong Kong, the Portuguese colony of Macao, or even the United States.
    It was Don King who promoted last week's bruising battle between Ali and Joe Frazier at the Coliseum in Quezon City in the Philippines. The fight may have made more than 18 million dollars (8.5 million pounds sterling.) Asked what Ali would receive for his next title fight, King replied, "a mere six or seven million dollars -- nothing big or extraordinary".
    He said that the likely challenger for Ali's title would be the former World Champion, George Foreman, but added that Ken Norton, who once broke Ali's jaw, was also in the running.
    Despite the fact that Ali said after his last fight that he was considering retirement, King said he thought the Champion would fight at least one more time.

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