With World heavyweight Champion George Foreman still nursing an eye injury, the new date for his title bout against Muhammad Ali has been fixed.
GTV Kinshasa city
GV ZOOM OUT FROM satellite transmitter
SV & GV Straw being placed on roof of outdoor ring
GV PAN FROM flags TO sports centre
GV Villa prepared for boxers' stay
CU Ali speaking
SV Foreman hitting punchbag
CU Foraman speaking
GV INT. boxing committee press conference and newsmen making notes
CU Foreman's manager Dick Sadler speaking
CU Bula Mandungu speaking
SCU Sadler speaking
DICK SADLER: "This is just an unfortunate thing that has happened before. This is the first time in this country that it's happened. It's unfortunate, but I have two former world champions with me at the present time, assisting me, and this has happened with them.World fights are no different from any other fights excepting as the world title fight, and it has. Fights have been postponed before and it always has been, will be because of unfortunate accidents that take place. It's only going to be one month, and hopefully no more than that. By the time we got home and got changed round, opened up camp, started training, then coming back over here, take you two or three weeks to get over -- to get "acclimated" again. No need, we living different, eating different, sleeping different. We wouldn't be smart to go home now."
BULA MANDUNGU: "Nobody forced them to stay. They themselves, due to their fair play and good will decided to stay."
MUHAMMAD ALI: "It is befitting that I go out a boxer like I came in, beating a big strong bully that knocks everybody out, that everybody's afraid of. England cant' produce nothing to beat George Foreman. Africa can't produce nothing to beat George Foreman. Japan China, no country, but old muhammad Ali, the king, has come home to get his crown."
GEORGE FOREMAN: "It's going to be a tough fight. I'm fighting against one of the best fighters in the world, no doubt about that. This man has earned the recognition of being the number one contender in the world. (indistinct) I can expect to be fighting the best in the world. But of course I've fought the best before."
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Background: 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.