World heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali told a packed news conference in Munich on Friday (14 May) he was angry about the things European champion Richard Dunn had been saying about him.
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Background: World heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali told a packed news conference in Munich on Friday (14 May) he was angry about the things European champion Richard Dunn had been saying about him.
Muhammad Ali flew in to the West German city from the Untied states on Friday tog prepare for the 25 May title fight. On arrival he immediately nicknamed Dunn, also the British champion, "Frankenstein".
Ali said, "Dunn has got a left hook like Joe Frazier. But he's uglier than Joe Frazier - and that means he's pretty ugly."
With his customary bravado, Ali told the news conference that Dunn has been talking too much.
"He says Is am fat, slow and old. The time is right to get me," he said. "But he's going to be surprised. I am the greatest of all time and I am going to prove it here in Munich."
Ali flew in with an entourage of more than 40 people, including manger Angelo Dundee, trainer Boudini Brown and former world champion Jimmy Ellis, one of his sparring partners.
At the Dunn training camp the European champion's manager, George Biddles, disclosed that he had to tell his fighter to take it easier in training.
During a sparring session on Thursday (13 May) Dunn put one of his sparring partners out of action for a week with a left hook which split a lip.
The sparring partner, Eddie Fenton, will be replaced by a Berlin-based Nigerian heavyweight Ngozika Ekwellu.
The Nigerian knocked out Dunn in Berlin two years ago in the seventh round of a 10-round bout, after Dunn had put him on the canvas three times.