Muhammad Ali, the former world Heavyweight boxing champion, dethroned by Leon Spinks earlier this year, is in the Soviet Union.
SV Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev and former World Champion Heavyweight Boxer Muhammad Ali standing talking
GV and CU Brezhnev and Ali seated at table
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Background: Muhammad Ali, the former world Heavyweight boxing champion, dethroned by Leon Spinks earlier this year, is in the Soviet Union. On Monday (19 June) he met the Soviet President, Leonid Brezhnev, for what was described as and unusual summit meeting.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting in the Kremlin lasted for merely 35 minutes. According to reporters, Ali-who was accompanied by his wife Veronica-was almost lost for words when the two men met. The Soviet leader began by complaining that it always rained in Moscow, and went on to say that he hoped Ali's visit would serve the cause of deepening mutual understanding between the Soviet and American people. Ali later said he had been made an unofficial ambassador for peace with the United States. He also said President Brezhnev knew little about boxing except the name Muhammad Ali. And had certainly never heard of someone called Leon Spinks.