In London, the former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Joe Frazier, refused to forecast the outcome of his July 2 fight against European Champion Joe Bugner when he arrived in the city from Philadelphia today.
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The text of interviews with the two fighters follows:
REPORTER: "How do you feel about the fight then Joe?"
FRAZIER: "Well, right now I feel very good in, of, very excited about it, because I'm very glad, to know, that or I have something to do. Otherwise, you know, I would be back on the road to toll again."
REPORTER: "How important is it then?"
FRAZIER: "It's very important because, or, right now about 212 thousand, I've been working every day hard, and I feel I should come in about maybe, or, let's say any weight I feel good at anyway, but I'm pretty ours I'll be much lighter than I've been for the last two or three fights."
REPORTER: "But how important is the result to you?"
FRAZIER: "This is important because otherwise this would or, try to get me back at George and, Or, (UNCLEAR) because he got no place to go but coming to me so therefore again I could start, or, joe, either one, then I go on in."
REPORTER: "Joe Bugner: What about you?"
BUGNER: "Well I'm looking forward to it very much because, or, Joe Frazier is the official No. 2 contender for the World Title and it means (FRAZIER INTERRUPTS--'No. It's Number One.')...I beg your pardon (Frazier-- 'Number One') .. Number One contender. So this will mean that once I've beaten Joe Frazier, I shall have a chance to fight George Foreman and, like I've always been saying, the most important thing in every fighter's life is to fight for the world title and win it. This is mine."
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Background: In London, the former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Joe Frazier, refused to forecast the outcome of his July 2 fight against European Champion Joe Bugner when he arrived in the city from Philadelphia today.
But Frazier made it clear that the fight was important to him as a way of getting another crack at the world title which he lost to George Foreman, the current title holder, in Kingston, Jamaica, this January.
Bugner also saw the fight, to be held in Earls Court, London, as a way of getting a crack at the world title.