Former World Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali said in New York on Wednesday (15 May) he would beat George Froman because he was too experienced, too smart, and too fast for the world champion.
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ALI: "Why do I know I can beat him. Well the reason is because number one....the power of Allah....number one. He controls earthquakes, tornadoes, droughts and everything. And I believe I'm in good standing with him. Now, experience number two. Able to stay out of the way for four or five rounds, not walk right into the punches like Joe Frazier. Not walk right into the punches like Ken Norton. To get knocked down, still walk into the punches. Don't retreat, don't back up, don't duck, walk right back in to hitting range. I think I'm a little smarter than him. Now here we are, the world is here, the money people are here, the brothers from Africa, you here, the money people are here, the brothers from Africa, you here, and what do you think. He don't show up. That kills boxing. This kills boxing. For you to be here, where's George Foreman? The press conference is over. Oh, he's the big guy. He wanted to feel like a big guy. I'll come last. They'll wait for me. I'll make the grand entrance. Real champions don't do that. George Foreman is a dirty fighter. He is dirty, dirty I don't mean morally. His style is dirty. When he fought Joe Frazier I got the feeling Frazier is going this way, he saw it, and deliberately hit him on the back of the head as the went away. Not even a straight scientific heavyweight punch. Like a (INDISTINCT) get away from me."
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Background: Former World Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali said in New York on Wednesday (15 May) he would beat George Froman because he was too experienced, too smart, and too fast for the world champion. Ali was speaking at a news conference soon after it was announced the world title fight between the two would take place in Kinshasa, capital of Zaire, on September 24th. Forman and Ali have been guaranteed five million dollars each for the fight...an all time record in any sport. In addition they will receive half a million dollars each for training expenses.
At the news conference, which Foreman failed to attend, Ali wa asked why he thought he'd win.