Boxing promoter, Bob Arum of the United States, has been talking to reporters about the controversial signing of two white South African heavyweights to fight tin an elimination series for the world title.
SV South African heavyweight Kallie Knoetze, fighting against black British boxer, Denton Ruddock, and Ruddock is knocked to the ground. (2 SHOTS)
SV South African heavyweight Garrie Coetzee (with moustache and in darker shorts) in bout against Ibar Dale Arrington of the U.S. with Coetzee gaining upper hand.
GV U.S. boxing promoter, Bob Arum, speaking in English in Johannesburg.
ARUM: "I came to South Africa for the purpose of signing the two excellent South African heavyweights for participation in the World Boxing Association tournament for a successor to the Muhammad Ali, since Muhammad Ali's retirement in May is imminent. I believe that either Knoetze or Coetzee has an excellent chance to capture the championship. Both fighters will be opposed by top American heavyweights -- Knoetze against Leon Spinks and Coetzee against the winner of the Tate-Bobick fight. These matches are very, very competitive, and at this particular point I couldn't make a prediction as to who would win the tournament. If a South African won the heavyweight championships, I wouldn't anticipate any particular problems. My position is that these fighters fight as individuals. They don't represent a country, they don't represent an ideology and they fight only for ... a fighter fights only for himself. If Kallie Knoetze or Garrie Coetzee wins the championship, then the winner will be the champion in his ow right and so I don't think that politics should interfere with boxing."
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Background: Boxing promoter, Bob Arum of the United States, has been talking to reporters about the controversial signing of two white South African heavyweights to fight tin an elimination series for the world title. Arum -- who says he expects Muhammad Ali to relinquish the World Boxing Association crown in May -- told journalists in Johannesburg on Tuesday (6 February) he has finally signed up Gerrie Coetzee and Kallie Knoetze. What he is proposing is a four-man elimination series involving the two South African,s former title holder Leon Spinks of the United States, and the winner of all American bout between John Tate and Duane Bobick, scheduled for later this month (February). The move will be unpopular with many American fight fans. Public pressure caused Kallie Konetze's visa to be revoked just before his planned fight with Billy Sharkey in Miami last month because during his time as a policeman in Pretoria, he shot a black youth who later had his leg amputated. The youth was later acquitted of all six charges brought against him. The fight did take place in the end with Knoetze winning by a knockout in the fourth.
SYNOPSIS: Both South Africans are impressive fighters. This is Knoetze defeating Britain's black hope, Denton Ruddock, in July last year.
Here Coetzee, in the darker shorts and with a moustache, takes care of U.S. heavyweight Ibar Dale Arringtor in December last year. there is little doubt who is the better fighter here.
Arum told reporters what he plans to do and what problems he envisages.