Former World Heavyweight boxer, Muhammed Ali, has spoken out strongly against the Soviet Union's role in Afghanistan.
GV: Mohammed Ali (with long dark trousers) sparring with Jimmy Ellis (white trunks)
CU ZOOM OUT TO LV: Sparring continues with Ellis dominating the centre of the ring and Ali moving increasingly quickly around ring, then takes light-hearted attack referee.
SV: Crowd watching and GV fighters continue sparring and Ellis drops to the canvas and is kicked by Ali ZOOM TO CU of Ali in corner SV Ellis attacks Ali in corner, Ali falls and gets to feet. (2 shots)
SV: Crowd watch as GV Ali calls `more' as he advances on Ellis until bell at end of contest. (2 shots)
SV AND CU: Crowd watch as Ali threatens to knock out Indian lightweight boxer Sardar Singh, but plays lightheartedly instead.
SV AND CU: Cameraman take pictures as Ali spars with young child in ring and puts his tongue out before pretending to be knocked out by small boy. (3 shots)
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Background: Former World Heavyweight boxer, Muhammed Ali, has spoken out strongly against the Soviet Union's role in Afghanistan. He called for a boycott of the Olympic Games in Moscow. Ali was speaking during a visit to India for exhibition bouts, and his views were widely publicised in the sub-continent, where he has hundreds of million of fans.
SYNOPSIS: The exhibition bouts were light-hearted a demonstration of the Ali flair for the comical, and a contrast to the more serious issues of international relations to which he also turned his attention.
Here, in black track-suit trousers, he allows Jimmy Ellis to dominate the centre of the ring. He shows some of the nimbleness of his former championship form, but not the physique, which bore evidence of a reduced training programme. He found the referee an easier mark.
If an apparent lack of hard training reduced Ali's effectiveness with his fists, he made up for it with his abilities as a comic, and skilful foot-work.
It was untypical of Ali's boxing career when he was beaten into submission by a rain of blows that mostly missed, and sank to his knees in mock defeat.
The crows were delighted and joined in when Ali made an apparently miraculous recovery and called on Ellis to try harder. But before his opponent could summon a punch that would defeat the self-proclaimed World's Greatest, Ali was saved by the bell.
Even an out-of-training Ali may have been a match for Indian lightweight Sardar Singh, but the David and Goliath bout was more a test of showmanship than of boxing.
Ali finally met his match in an ambitious boxer from the junior league. After a contest of facial contortions, the child finally had the satisfaction of seeing one of the world's most admired boxers helpless on the canvas.