Muhammed Ali and Chuck Wepner have spoken about each other's style after their fight for the world heavyweight boxing championship.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: ALI: I gave it enough to get by. If I'd have started moving and jabbing in the first round and trying to blockade the punch, hell by the end of round ten I'd have been tireder than him.
SEQ. 2: WEPNER: Ali was fighting thirty to forty second rounds ... I was pressing most of the time. He's a great champion and a great fighter and I feel no shame in losing to a man of Mohammed Ali's calibre.
SEQ. 3: ALI: I'm geared to fight fighters, I'm not geared to fight a man hits you round the head, and falls on you and kicks you ... butts you ..I'm not used to all that. It's a new style.
SEQ. 4: WEPNER: How many guys you know went fifteen rounds with Muhammad Ali and still in there punching at the end?
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EDITORS NOTE: THIS FILM CONTAINS INTERVIEWS WITH ALI AND WEPNER.
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Background: Muhammed Ali and Chuck Wepner have spoken about each other's style after their fight for the world heavyweight boxing championship.
Ali retained his title with a technical knockout in the 15th round of their fight in Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday night (24 March).
It was Ali's first defence of the title he regained from another American, George Forman in Zaire last October.
The end came after 19 seconds of the last of the scheduled fifteen-round bout, with Ali clearly ahead on points at the time.
Afterwards he accused Wepner of kicking and butting, but Wepner was full of praise for the champion.