Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mohammed Ali arrived in Tokyo on Thursday (March 16) to prepare for his 15-round non-title clash with the American Mac Foster on April I.
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SV Ali pute on Japanese robe and poses for camera (2 shots)
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Background: Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mohammed Ali arrived in Tokyo on Thursday (March 16) to prepare for his 15-round non-title clash with the American Mac Foster on April I.
At an airport news conference, Ali said Foster, who predicts he'll knock out Ali after the fourth round, was "talking too much". Tokyo, he said, was "too small for two big-mouths", but admitted he much beat Foster to have another title fight against world champion Joe Frazier, who handed Ali his first defeat one year ago.
Ali also said he plans to leave Tokyo on April 3 for a five-day visit to the People's Republic of China at the invitation of the Chinese Government.
SYNOPSIS: The scene at Tokyo airport where on Thursday former world heavyweight champion Mohammed Ali arrived to begin training for his April 1st bout with fellow American Mac Foster. The 15-round non-title clash will be seen via satellite by television viewers in about 27 countries. It will be the first professional heavyweight fight ever held in Japan.
As usual, Ali had quite a bit to say about his opponent. He dismissed Foster's prediction to knock him out, and said Foster had a better chance of learning Japanese than of landing Ali on the canvas. But Ali admitted that he must beat Foster if he's to have a rematch with world champion Joe Frazier, who beat Ali for the heavyweight title 12 months ago.
Ali's father, Caseius Marcellus Clay, watched as his son talked with reporters. Earlier, Ali told newsmen he planned to leave Tokyo after the fight and travel to the People's Republic of China where he'll spend five-days at the invitation of the Chinese government.