• Short Summary

    The World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Muhammed Ali, and the Japanese Champion wrestler, Antonio Inoki, who are due to set in a boxing-wrestling match next Saturday (26 June), both had a public work-out in Tokyo earlier this week.

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    The World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Muhammed Ali, and the Japanese Champion wrestler, Antonio Inoki, who are due to set in a boxing-wrestling match next Saturday (26 June), both had a public work-out in Tokyo earlier this week.

    SYNOPSIS: The mixed bout in Tokyo will bring back memories of the old-fashioned prize fights of the last century. Like the 19th century prize fighters, Inoki will fight with bare fists, and Ali now says he'll only wear hand wraps or bag gloves. But as always, Ali was supremely confident of winning.

    Ali will earn a guaranteed six million dollars (GBP 3 million sterling) for the match, yet he still went to great lengths to advise Inoki to back-down while he was still alive. Inoki should have stuck to wrestling, said the World Champion. He though Inoki was making a big mistake fighting "the greatest fighter of all time."
    During his public work-out session, Inoki showed no concern about Ali's threats, and said he had no intention of with-drawing from the fight. He has been training intensively for a month, and he told the crowd of spectators that he was absolutely confident that he would win.

    Inoki showed his skills by working-out with three other wrestlers, and each of them found him too much to handle. The second partner had to roll out of the ring gasping, after being felled by a wicked karate kick to the back from Inoki. It was a sample of what could be in store for Ali.

    But Ali's wrestling coach, American Freddy Blassie, said that Inoki had not shown anything not known before. But when asked how he rated Inoki, Blassie conceded "He's good. He's good."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA95QV8728SUB4VIOSC6LNNJ2Q8
    Media URN:
    VLVA95QV8728SUB4VIOSC6LNNJ2Q8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/06/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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