The United States boxers Muhammed Ali and Mac foster both held public training sessions in tokyo on wednesday (22 March) in preparation for their big fight on april let.
LV ZOOM IN Foster sparring with Henry Culpepper -Foster wearing light Bermuda shorts
SV Manager - George Stassi - watching
SV Bell sounds and Foster goes to corner
CU Foster being attended to
SV sparring continues (2 shots)
GV Crowd applauding Muhammed Ali
SV Ali away from corner to start sparring
SV Ali sparring with Johnson - demonstrating his flick
SV Ali's feet firmly on ground TILT UP TO Ali jabbing
SV Ali bounces around ring and demonstrates shuffle
SV Crowd shouting to Ali
SV & CU Ali talking to crowd (SOF)
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Background: The United States boxers Muhammed Ali and Mac foster both held public training sessions in tokyo on wednesday (22 March) in preparation for their big fight on april let.
For both men, this will be a vital fight. Ali must beat foster if he's to have another chance to regain the World Heavyweight Title by challenging Joe Frazier. Foster also wants to challenge Frazier, but will lose the chance if he's defeated by Ali.
During his training session, Foster concentrated on powerful body attacks. His handlers believe this strategy will slow Ali down. However, some boxing commentators watching the session said Foster appeared slower on Wednesday than he has earlier in his training programma.
Ali concentrated on footwork -- but interrupted is serious training from time to time to indulge in some light-hearted clowning for the benefit of the audience. ali has been criticised since his arrival in Tokyo for missing a number of gymnasium training sessions.
ALI (Answering shots from crowd): "You wait until I got Mac Foster. Fight Frazier? quit cussing....that Foster talks too much. He's going to knock me out?"
SYNOPSIS: Boxing -- and in tokyo on Wednesday, United States boxer Mac Foster holds a public training session in preparation for his big fight against Muhammed Ali on April the 1st. Foster -- in the light shorts -- is sparring here with Henry Culpopper.
Foster's Manager, George Stassi, believes the best chance of defeating ali lies in Foster concentrating on powerful body attacks. Foster was clearly unhappy about his performance at this session -- and commentators noted that he appeared to have less speed now than earlier in his training programma. Foster must beat Ali if he's to have an attempt at the World Heavyweight Crown, at present held by Joe Frazier.
A very different atmosphere for Muhammed Ali's training session. he exuded confidence as he interrupted training from time to time to indulge in light-hearted clowning, to the delight of the audience. Ali -- here sparring with Alonzo Johnson - has been criticised in Tokyo for his erratic training habits. On some occasions he has missed session altogether -- and newsmen at this session thought the condition of the former world champion was far from perfect. Like foster, Ali regards the coming fight as vital. He wants to have another chance to defeat Joe Frazier -- but can't do so until he beats Foster.