American World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammed Ali was named 'Professional Athlete of the Year' in New york on Tuesday (14 January).
American World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammed Ali was named 'Professional Athlete of the Year' in New york on Tuesday (14 January). At a special luncheon given in his honour he was presented with the Hickock Award-a large circle of gold encrusted with precious stones.
A week before-on 6 January-Ali had been honoured by a New York rock group who had written a special song about (and for) him. He heard the song at another award ceremony when he was presented with a 5,000 US dollar (2,200 pound sterling) cheque to pass to his favourite charity after being nominated 'Boxer of the Year' by an American razor-blade manufacturer.
At the Hickock Award Luncheon it was announced that Ali will defend his title against eight-ranked contender Chuck Wepner is regarded as a mediocre boxer, despite his relatively-high ranking. One of the New Jersey fighter's nicknames is the "Bayonne Bleeder"-a reference to his susceptibility to face cuts.
This film includes a section of Ali's speech at the hickock Award ceremony. A transcript follows. This film also includes an introductory commentary for guidance only. An alternative commentary is provided overleaf.