Fight organisers kept former world heavyweight champions Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier apart at Sunday's (27 January) weigh-in for their Monday night bout in New York's Madison Square Garden.
GV PAN New York street
MV ZOOM INTO SCU Frazier being weighed and reporters watching
SV PAN Ali onto scales, weight announcement 212 1bs.
SV Foreman in crowd
SV ZOOM INTO CU Ali speaking
ALI: "Well I think that (UNCLEAR) because he's gonna be nervous, he's frightened. He knows I'm ready. I'm weighing exactly what I weighed when I first started this business some ten years ago. I'm stronger, I'm going to be be dancing, floating like a butterfly, sting like a bee and I predict that this is going to be no contest."
REPORTER: "George Foreman...."
ALI: "Why do you want to make him famous?"
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An Interview with Muhammad Ali at the weigh-in appears on film. A transcript follows:
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Background: Fight organisers kept former world heavyweight champions Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier apart at Sunday's (27 January) weigh-in for their Monday night bout in New York's Madison Square Garden.
The two boxers, who were involved in a brawl in a New York television studio last Wednesday, used different dressing rooms and weighed in separately. Ali at 15 stone two pounds was three pounds heavier than Frazier. Frazier won the last fight they had when they met three years ago.
The fight is being billed as "the second superfight". It may decide which man takes on current world heavyweight champion George Foreman.