World heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman, and the fellow-United States boxer Ken Norton who hopes to wrest the title from him, are entering the final phase of training for their world championship bout in Venezuela on 26 March.
SV Foreman sparring (in plain vest and tallest)
SV Archie Moore (ex light heavy weight champion and Foreman second)
SV Foreman sparring, crowd look on. (2 shots)
SV Foreman raising arms to applause from spectators.
SV Foreman hits punch bag, crowd. (2 shots)
SV Foreman hits punchball. (2 shots)
MV Norton limbering up in ring, crowd. (2 shots)
SV Norton sparring with heavyweight Mac Foster, watched by coach and cameramen. (3 shots)
CU Cassette cartridge in tape player.
SV Norton training to music on punch-ball. (2 shots)
SV Norton speaking to camera.
NORTON: "The first few rounds are going to be very, very heavy because of the fact that George Foreman is a very strong individual. But I think that I have a solution for all his strength. And I feel that if the fight goes the full fifteen rounds, I'll be the winner and if it goes one round I'm going to be the victor."
Initials VS.21.31 VS.21.51
SPORT - BOXING
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: World heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman, and the fellow-United States boxer Ken Norton who hopes to wrest the title from him, are entering the final phase of training for their world championship bout in Venezuela on 26 March. Both Foreman and Norton -- the man who broke Muhammad Ali's jaw -- are confident of victory.
Foreman arrived in caracas last week. He's being assisted in training by a team including former light-heavyweight champion Archie Moore. He has also brought five sparring partners with him.
The champion is proving popular with the Venezuelans. Thousands of fans have been turning up at the Poliedro Stadium on the city outskirts to cheer him as he spars.
"Things are going really fine," manager-trainer Dick Sadler told newsmen. And to ensure that training goes with a swing, the champion has had music laid on in the ultra-modern stadium.
Norton, who only arrived in Caracus this week, also prefers to train to music. Norton was catapulted to fame by that shock victory over Muhammad Ali last year -- and he claims he will provide a similar surprise in his bout with Foreman: