• Short Summary

    ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 23) IN PHILADELPHIA, MOHAMMED ALI - THE FORMER HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION WHO WAS STRIPPED OF HIS TITLE AFTER BEING INDICTED FOR DRAFT-EVICTION TWO YEARS AGO - CAME FACE-TO-FACE WITH JOE FRAZIER, ONE OF THE TWO CURRENT HOLDERS OF THE HEAVYWEIGHT CROWN.

  • Description


    MOHAMMED ALI AND JOE FRAZIER WITH PRESS AND CAMERAMEN IN GYMNASIUM. (NATSOF - TELERECORDING)




    Initials LD/N-TELE/DW/MH


    SPORT: BOXING

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 23) IN PHILADELPHIA, MOHAMMED ALI - THE FORMER HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION WHO WAS STRIPPED OF HIS TITLE AFTER BEING INDICTED FOR DRAFT-EVICTION TWO YEARS AGO - CAME FACE-TO-FACE WITH JOE FRAZIER, ONE OF THE TWO CURRENT HOLDERS OF THE HEAVYWEIGHT CROWN. ALTHOUGH THE TWO MEN PUT ON A SHOW FOR TELEVISION CAMERAS, NO FIGHT TOOK PLACE.

    MOHAMMED ALI - WHO CHANGED HIS NAME FROM CASSIUS CLAY WHEN HE BECAME A BLACK MUSLIM MINISTER -- HAD EARLIER DECLARED THAT HE COULD TROUNCE FRAZIER, WHICH IMMEDIATELY BROUGHT A CHALLENGE FROM THE CHAMPION.

    JOE FRAZIER HAS BEEN THE CO-HOLDER OF THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP WITH JIMMY ELLIS - BOTH MEN BEING RECOGNISED BY DIFFERENT BOXING AUTHORITIES - SINCE THE ENFORCED RETIREMENT OF MOHAMMED ALI.

    ALI AND FRAZIER MET AT A SMALL GYMNASIUM IN PHILADELPHIA, FRAZIER'S HOME TOWN, BUT THE CHAMPION'S MANAGER REFUSED TO ALLOW AN ACTUAL FIGHT UNLESS ALI COULD BET HIS LICENCE RENEWED. THAT PUT AN END TO THE PLANS FOR A REAL BOUT.

    MOHAMMED ALI, IS A FOLLOWER OF ELIJAH MOHAMMED - BUT HAS RECENTLY FALLEN OUT OF FAVOUR WITH HIM BECAUSE ALI WANTS TO RETURN TO BOXING TO PAY OFF TAX DEBTS AND THE BLACK MUSLIM LEADER HAS FORBIDDEN THE EX-CHAMPION TO FIGHT AGAIN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADNEHBK50BSYL1U0VAJRXL0QIU
    Media URN:
    VLVADNEHBK50BSYL1U0VAJRXL0QIU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/09/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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