Muhammed Ali, the controversial member of the boxing world is in the midst of an exhibition tour of South America.
MV Ali sparring with partner Johnson (Ali in white trunks) (2 shots)
SCU Ali jabbing Johnson
SV Johnson jabbs with Clay playing with hands down
CU Referee looks on
SV & CU Both sparring with Johnson Jabbing and Ali moving quickly (4 shots)
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Background: Muhammed Ali, the controversial member of the boxing world is in the midst of an exhibition tour of South America. The former heavyweight champion of the world is travelling with his sparring partner Alonso Johnson. For fans of the ex-champ, his bout in Lima on Tuesday (21 September) was a pleasure to watch. It was the Ali of old that was in the ring, jabbing, dancing, clowning and totally bewildering his partner with speed and daring that is hard to come by in heavyweight boxing. Ali started his South American tour with an exhibition match in Sao Paulo, Brazil, last Saturday (18 September). This tour of boxing matches is Ali's first public display of his art since his victory over heavyweight Jimmy Ellis last July in Houston, Texas.
SYNOPSIS: Mohammed Ali is once more back in action. He is currently on a boxing tour of South America, giving exhibition matches with his sparring partner, Alonso Johnson. Ali, who lost the world's Heavyweight Championship to Joe Frazier last March, is demonstrating to spectators in south America all of the flair and charisma that made him the most controversial and exciting fighter in recent history. The ex-champ was on his toes eyeing every opportunity to blind his opponent with his incredible speed and lightning fast jabbs.
And in addition to Ali the adept artist in the sometimes brutal sport of self-defence, it was Ali the master showman and clown.... After taking the quick punches of his opponent, Ali let it be known to both spectator and opponent, that he is unshakable. The former champion lowered his hands and brazenly dared his opponent to connect with all that he could offer.
This bout and other planned for the future are some of the many steps that Muhammed Ali must pass in an effort to regain a championship rematch. Last March, Joe Frazier defeated Ali in a fifteen round contest and it was Ali's first defeat in his career. It came at a time when the fighter was facing a five-year jail sentence in the United States for his refusal to be induced into the army. Because of that refusal, Ali was barred from the ring for over three years preceding the frazier bout. Through exhibitions like this one, Ali hopes to get the experience that will win him the championship again.