World Heavyweight boxing champion, Joe Frazier, said in Chicago Tuesday (11 April) that he would let former champion Mohammed Ali have six million dollars in a rematch and that he would take only three million dollars.
SCU Interviewer with Frazier, Frazier speaks
SOUND STARTS: "Well, I really think..."
SOUND ENDS: "....., you better believe it"
FRAZIER: "Well, I really don't think that's the problem. Ali made a statement the other day that the wants six-million just to get back in the ring soon. He dictates six and I'll take three. I'll be back on the dole. That's how bad I want to fight again."
REPORTER: "You think you'll get that?"
FRAZIER: "Well, I don't know. But anything that he won't dig, I'll take under, because otherwise I know it's going to be a short trip next time."
REPORTER: "I thought you both wanted five-million."
FRAZIER: "Yeah, well, I think it would be no problem to get the five if I wanted it. But to make him satisfied and get back in the ring, I'll give him six."
REPORTER: "Tell me, you have a deal now with Cooke. What's keeping it from being consummated?"
FRAZIER: "The deal is not really a deal. He had only the first option of signing, of making the contract. But if anybody else can top his price, then whoever does that, I'm happy to fight."
REPORTER: "So, you're really up for auction, then?"
FRAZIER: "That's right, you better believe it."
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THE SOUND ON FILM IS AN INTERVIEW WITH JOE FRAZIER BY NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY REPORTER JEANNIE MORRIS. A TRANSCRIPT FOLLOWS.
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Background: World Heavyweight boxing champion, Joe Frazier, said in Chicago Tuesday (11 April) that he would let former champion Mohammed Ali have six million dollars in a rematch and that he would take only three million dollars.
Frazier said that he could get five million dollars for himself in a rematch with Ali, but that he would settle for three million just to get Ali back in the ring with him again.
Jack Kent Cooke has the option of making the first contract, but Frazier admitted that he would sign with anyone that could top Cooke's price.