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).
SV Flags PAN DOWN TO Mosque
CU Roof of mosque
SV Girls strolling in park
SV Street scene
GV & CU Posters advertising fight (4 shots)
SV INT. Bugner training as supporters and newsmen watch (4 shots)
GV ZOOM IN TO CU Bugner speaking:
SV Ali at party with Moslem leaders (2 shots)
SV Ali embracing former Malaysian Premier Tunku Abdul Rahman as newsmen look on (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: "No but ... let me see now .. we should stop ... I shall most probably loosen off on Monday. I shall still do a few rounds of loosening off on Monday, and go for a nice walk Tuesday morning. In other words, to revitalise the body with the adrenalin, because I mean, if you crawl out of bed and you go straight into a ring, all the adrenalin's still sleeping. So I've got to shake the damn things up because, you know they sleep as well, so I mean, I'm going for this long walk to revitalise the body."
This film is serviced with an interview with Joe Bugner.
REPORTER: JOE BUGNER
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Background: 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.