World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali stayed uninvited at a sparing session held by his challenger, British and European Heavyweight Champion--Richard Dunn--and mocked him by calling him "frankenstein" and pretending to walk like the fictional monster.
SVs INT Ali sparring with partner (2 shots)
SV Dunn in corner of ring preparing for sparring bout
SV Dunn's sparring partner walks into ring
SVs Dunn sparring with partner (2 shots)
CU Ali mocking Dunn by pretending to walk like a monster
SV Dunn and partner continer continue sparring
CU Ali making ugly faces at Dunn
CU Dunn & partner continue sparring
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Background: World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali stayed uninvited at a sparing session held by his challenger, British and European Heavyweight Champion--Richard Dunn--and mocked him by calling him "frankenstein" and pretending to walk like the fictional monster. Dunn refused to respond, only telling reporters later that Ali should remember that Frankenstein frightened people to death.
Earlier in the day -- Sunday, 16 May, Ali trained in the same ring for two hours, trying to get his weight down eight pounds (3 kilos) to about 214 pounds (about 96 kilos) for the May 25 title fight in Munich. Dunn, three years younger than Ali, is already close to his fighting weight of 212 pounds (95 kilos).
SYNOPSIS: World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali training on Sunday in Munich, West Germany, for his title defence on May the 25th. The 34-year-old Champion is desperately trying to lose weight, and come down about eight pounds to 214. On his own admission he "had a hard time" in his title defence last month against Jimmy Young because he was heavily overweight at more than 230 pounds.
Challenger Richard Dunn, the British and European Heavyweight Champion, took over the same ring later in the day for his sparring session. Three years younger, the challenger was already close to his fighting weight--he hopes to weight in at 212 pounds, a couple lighter than Ali. Both men are the same height--six feet three inches. Dunn, who leads with his right, claims to be fitter, and have greater hitting power in both hands -- and says he'll win the fight.
Ali stayed uninvited at Dunn's sparring session--and mocked him by walking like the fictional monster Frankenstein. Ali, who is equally confident of a win on the strength of his greater experience and overall staying power, nicknamed Dunn "Frankenstein" the first time he saw him. Dunn's response--that Frankenstein frightened people to death.
Boxing experts tend to favour Ali--but only if he can get his weight down, and not underestimate the hitting power of the solid, younger Englishman.