World Heavyweight Boxing Champion George Foreman and has challenger Mohammad Ali were given a tremendous reception in the capacity-packed May 20 Stadium in Kinshasa on Monday (23 September), when they were formally presented to the Zaire people by the country's President Mobutu Sese Seko.
SV Mobutu waves to crowd as he enters stadium ad mounts rostrum (3 shots)
SV Ali applauds
LV Mobutu takes seat
SV Ali seated
SV Foreman seated beneath umbrella
SV Foreman walks to rostrum
SV Mobutu raises arms of Foreman and Ali
SV Ali walking around stadium, shouting and gesticulating
SV Foreman walking around stadium with raised clenched fist
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Background: World Heavyweight Boxing Champion George Foreman and has challenger Mohammad Ali were given a tremendous reception in the capacity-packed May 20 Stadium in Kinshasa on Monday (23 September), when they were formally presented to the Zaire people by the country's President Mobutu Sese Seko.
The match between the two boxers, billed s the "fight of the century", should have taken place o 25 September, but has been put back to 30 October because of a cut Foreman received to his right eye during training. The crowd was able to get a good view of the wound which caused so much trouble when the boxers both made a lap of honour round the stadium. In true protagonists' fashion they ran separately, not together.
Ali and Foreman now face an additional seven weeks of intensive training before the big fight. Foreman also has the worry of his cut eye, the first such injury that the boxer has received during his career, and its effect upon his performance in the world's richest prize-fight on 30 October.
SYNOPSIS: Foreman, on the other had, has no immediate plans for retiring from the ring.
President Mobutu ceremonially presented both boxers by using a traditional boxing gesture, which the enthusiastic crowd greatly appreciated.
The fighters then both made a circuit of honour round the stadium -- but separately not together in the fashion of antagonists. They now face a further fie weeks intensive training before the world's richest prize fight at last takes place.