The world heavyweight boxing champion, George Foreman, has said he intends to donate money to African countries currently suffering under as prolonged drought.
GV Foreman seated with UN officials.
CU Foreman speaking
GV Foreman with UN officials.
CU Foreman speaking
FOREMAN "Ah, really I think that everybody has an obligation to help all of the people in the world whenever there's a problem so I think, becaue I'm not educated to be a doctor or some kind of lawyer I couldn't carry the water itself there, the next best thing, becaeu I am making lost of money, I can find ways of making some contribution through the money I'm making myself, and that would help me with my obligation. I have obligations to any and all people no matter what country they are and to help anyone if the need it."
"Well the fight is scheduled, the fight between Muhammed Ali and George Foreman, there is a fight supposedly, I don't believe that fights really take place until they actually happen, so there's a chance like everything that thins don't exist but here has been a date designated as September the 24th in Zaire and both Muhammed Ali and myself have been guaranteed five million dollars."
QUESTION: "Why was Zaire chosen, as the site for the fight?"
FOREMAN: "Well, the fight was bidded for by various promoters all over the world. As you know this is a world heavyweight title fight so along with the United Sates other countries were in bidding for it and I think that Zaire, the people in Africa, had more interest than any other country. They bid more of a price for it."
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Background: The world heavyweight boxing champion, George Foreman, has said he intends to donate money to African countries currently suffering under as prolonged drought.
Foreman, speaking at the United Nations on Friday (21st June), said he was not professionally qualified to work for the people in the drought-stricken areas of the Sahel region, but he was making "lots of money". Foreman said he could find ways of making some contribution through the money he was making.
Foreman meets Muhammad Ali in the ring in Kinshasa, the capital of Zaire, on the 24th of September. Each fighter has been promised five million U.S. dollars (about 2 million pounds sterling) for stepping into the ring. The paid attendance is reckoned at 100,000 people, and the potential world-wide television audience at 1,000 million.
Asked about the outcome of the bout, Foreman said "I'd like to think it'll end pretty quick. I'll have a knockout - and nobody gets hurt."