• Short Summary

    Malaysians will be looking forward to a more lasting impact than the crunch of glove on jaw when world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali meets s British Challenger, Joe Bugner, in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday (1 July).

  • Description

    Malaysians will be looking forward to a more lasting impact than the crunch of glove on jaw when world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali meets s British Challenger, Joe Bugner, in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday (1 July).

    A boost in the country's international standing, its tourism and its sport is likely to follow ... if everything goes well.

    The immediate impact of the fight is clear from the moment the visitor arrives in the capital. Stickers advertising the fight are everywhere.

    Bugner goes into the fight against long odds. Apart from the evidence that Ali is in prime shape and can punch and move a lot harder and faster, Bugner also faces the depressing fact of history that it is 78 years since anyone from the British Isles has been crowned heavy-weight champion.

    But Bugner goes into the fight with a confidence he has not shown before. He has eased up on his training, and appears relaxed and at ease.

    Ali has made much of the fact that he is a Moslem convert in an Islamic state, and at one point said Bugner would be fighting Allah.

    Malaysian political and religious leaders have made much of the fact that Ali is a Moslem, and they have already held a big reception in his honour. Guests included the former Prime Minster, Tunku Abdul Rahman.

    Ali claims this will be his last fight, although he adds that he will only make a formal announcement about retiring just before he enters the ring.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7GEY2WYN64A69KJOR1YN5YPR8
    Media URN:
    VLVA7GEY2WYN64A69KJOR1YN5YPR8
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/06/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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