According to Muhammad Ali his world heavyweight boxing fight against the champion George Foreman in Zaire on September 25 will be the greatest event in the history of the world.
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Background: According to Muhammad Ali his world heavyweight boxing fight against the champion George Foreman in Zaire on September 25 will be the greatest event in the history of the world. Speaking to newsmen before his departure for the fight Ali said he was in perfect condition and would easily beat the champion. He also had a poem made up for the occasion.
ALI: While you are waiting for the first and exciting round, I have some advice for all of you, this sound. When all is said, did and done, George Foreman might fall in one. So remember I am fast, smart and quick. And when the cards are down, always do the trick. I done something new for this fight.....I wrestled with an alligator. That's right. I have wrestled with an alligator. I have tussled with a whale. I have handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail. That's bad. Only last week, I murdered a rack. Injured a stone, hospitalised a brick. I'm so mean I make medicine sick. Fast, fast.
SYNOPSIS: Win or lose Ali gets five million dollars for his fight, but as hard as he's been training it seems he's been working just as hard to promote the fight. In fact he says worked three weeks on the following poem.
Whether or not Ali is the world's greatest fighter will be decided in Zaire. But no-one will deny he is the world's greatest fight promoter. David Kline, New York.