• Short Summary

    CASSIUS CLAY, THE WORLD HEAVY-WEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION, HAS BEEN PRONOUNCED FIT TO BEGIN TRAINING AGAIN FOR HIS TITLE DEFENCE AGAINST SONNY LISTON.

  • Description


    CASSIUS CLAY BACK IN TRAINING, AND TALKING TO REPORTERS.



    TRANSCRIPT: CLAY: "SONNY LISTON WAS A GANGSTER. HE WAS A CRIMINAL, CAUGHT WITH PISTOLS AND WHISKY IN HIS CAR. BY ME HAVING THE CROWN THIS MAKES HIM A GOOD FELLOW, AND HE'LL BE THE CLEAN MAN AND I'LL BE THE VILLAIN. SO I HAVE MADE IT BETTER FOR LISTON. PATTERSON WAS THROUGH. HE WAS FINISHED. HE WAS OVER THE HILL. SINCE I WON THE TITLE THEY HAVE BEEN PUSHING HIM. HE WAS THE FAVOURITE. I GAVE HIM A JOB AGAIN. EDDIE MACHIN AND CHUVALLO WASN'T THOUGHT ABOUT UNTIL I WON THE TITLE. NOW THEY'RE GETTING THE CHANCE TO FIGHT FOR HALF THE CROWN. ALL OF THEM SHOULD GIVE ME A CHEQUE.



    INTERVIEWER: "YOU HAVE JUST ELIMINATED FOUR GUYS. WHO IS LEFT FOR YOU?"



    CLAY: "I AM TALKING TO THE COMMISSION AND TRYING TO ARRANGE IT WHERE WE CAN FIGHT THREE MEN IN ONE NIGHT. LINE UP THREE OF THEM, WITH TEN MINUTES REST BETWEEN EACH ONE OF THEM. I WILL WORK THREE OF THEM IN ONE NIGHT. THERE IS NOT ONE MAN GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME".



    INTERVIEWER: "CHAMP, WHAT ORDER WOULD YOU TAKE THEM? WHICH GUYS WOULD YOU WANT FIRST?"



    CLAY: "LISTON IS THE NEXT BEST. GIVE ME LISTON. GIVE ME PATTERSON, THEN CRUVALLO OR MACHIN, WHATEVER THE PUBLIC WANT. FIND OUT WHO ARE YOUR BEST THREE CONTENDERS. LINE THEM ALL UP. I WILL HIT THEM ALL WITH TEN MINUTES BETWEEN EACH ONE, THEN THE ONE THAT BEATS ME WILL BE CHAMP".




    Initials DR/N-TELE/MGT/JM



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: CASSIUS CLAY, THE WORLD HEAVY-WEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION, HAS BEEN PRONOUNCED FIT TO BEGIN TRAINING AGAIN FOR HIS TITLE DEFENCE AGAINST SONNY LISTON. LAST NOVEMBER CLAY UNDERWENT A HERNIA OPERATION, SHORTLY BEFORE HE WAS DUE TO MEET LISTON.

    THE TITLE FIGHT IS EXPECTED TO BE RESHEDULED FOR MAY. CLAY HAS SAID HE WILL FIGHT AN EXHIBITION BOUT IN CHICAGO FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE BLACK MUSLIM MOVEMENT LATER THIS MONTH.

    DURING A BREAK IN HIS TRAINING, THE WORLD CHAMPION SPOKE TO PRESSMEN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAC6H2IOT6BQM5JZJUNIDZG78X4
    Media URN:
    VLVAC6H2IOT6BQM5JZJUNIDZG78X4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/02/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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