World Heavyweight Boxing Champion George Foreman is in training for his title clash next month with former Champion Muhammad Ali.
MV Foreman arriving with supporters
GV & SV Nwsmen and guests and hot dog stand (2 shots)
SV & CU Foreman surrounded by fans and cameramen (2 shots)
CU Foreman interviewed by reporter
GV & SV's Foreman limbering up in ring (4 shots)
"And leave it to the champ to come up with something different. He opened camp with an old-fashioned picnic. Reporters and their off-spring were invited to partake of hot dogs and trimmings. Foreman follows Muhammad Ali, once-removed, as Champion. He's also approaching Ali in other skills."
REPORTER: "George you are moving up in to Ali's class, or maybe even beyond it as a speech-maker. Who's writing your stuff?"
FORMAN: "LAUGHTER -- I don't know. Who ever it is I'm not paying him for it. I'm getting it free of charge. I guess myself. I'm not making any speeches. you know, you guys make me pretty relaxed. Most of you guys I've been seeing throughout the years and there hasn't been anything I have to write to say to you."
REPORTER: "Will you train for Ali differently than you did for Frazier, or Ken Norten or any of the other people you've taken on?"
FOREMAN: "No, this will be the same thing, same fight, same just like any other fight."
REPORTER: "How much of a tougher fight de you think Muhammad Ali will give you than say compared to Joe Frazier and Kenny Norton?"
FOREMAN: "I think that Muhammad, like Joe Frazier and all these guys at this stage can only de what I let them do, and I'm not intending to let them do much."
For today it was just some loosening up exercises. Sessions will get progressively longer and heavier until the champ. departs about two weeks pric to the September twenty-fourth fight -- well, why not -- of the century. This is Gary Park reporting."
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Background: World Heavyweight Boxing Champion George Foreman is in training for his title clash next month with former Champion Muhammad Ali.
The two meet in Kinshasa, Zaire, on 24 September.
Foreman took the title from Joe Frazier in a contest that only lasted two rounds in January 1973.
Ali, who had lost his championship to Frazier, won the right to Challenge Foreman with his wins over three other leading contenders.
Foreman is proving the equal of Ali in the publicity that has surrounded his reign as champion. The start of training for the title clash brought him more attention.
He opened the training camp at Pleasanton, California, with a picnic to which he invited newsmen and their families.