With just days to go before their world heavyweight clash, champion Muhammad ali and challenger Joe frazier have stepped up their training scheduled in Manila's folk Art Theatre.
GV security police pan to Folk Art theatre 7 ft
MV people buy tickets for training session 13 ft
GV Ali workout (3 shots) 30 ft
CA newsmen 31 ft
MV Ali hits heavy bag 37 ft
CA newsmen 38 ft
MV Frazier training 44 ft
CA spectators 45 ft
GV Frazier sparring 50 ft
CU Ali playing peek-a-boo 53 ft
GV Frazier sparring 57 ft
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Background: With just days to go before their world heavyweight clash, champion Muhammad ali and challenger Joe frazier have stepped up their training scheduled in Manila's folk Art Theatre.
Before 10,000 people, both boxers trained hard on Sunday (Sept 28th) with full-scale workouts.
Each spent more than an hour in the makeshift gym,sharpening their fists and bodies for their third battle next wednesday ( October 1st) -- the rubber match which the promoter claims will be the richest fight in history and be seen on television by an international audience of 770 million.
The champion, Ali, remains the slight favourite to retain the title for the 13th time. but Frazier's chances with the bettors climbed over the weekend -- a period which saw Ali embroiled in a matrimonial spat with his wife, Belinda, over Ali's association with a black beauty from Chicago, veronica Porche.
Ali went five rounds with the heavy bag, three rounds on the speed ball and three rounds of skipping.He then said he would go after Frazier and tag him quickly...no more jumping and running.
Frazier,who included sparring in his training session, worked to blaring soul music with Ali playing peek-a-boo from the wings.The challenger told his fans to watch for some smoke from the ring on fight day and reiterated he'd come to Manila to win the battle.