With World heavyweight Champion George Foreman still nursing an eye injury, the new date for his title bout against Muhammad Ali has been fixed.
With World heavyweight Champion George Foreman still nursing an eye injury, the new date for his title bout against Muhammad Ali has been fixed. It's 30 October, according to a Government spokesman in Kinshasa, Zaire, where the bout will be staged.
Earlier, Foreman's manager Dick Sadler had refused to agree to a date - until he could see how the eye injury was progressing. Foreman was injured in training last Monday (16 September).
In Kinshasa, the excitement over the bout has diminished because of the postponement. All the preparations had geared the city for "the fight of the century" on 25 September. The eye injury changed all that.
The President of the Organising Committee, Bula Mandungu, was with Sadler when he spoke to newsmen about the postponement.
Before the postponement was announced, Muhammad Ali was his usual pugnacious and confident self.
Foreman admitted his fight with Ali would be tough, and made no extravagant claims.