John Tate, the black American boxer, arrived in South Africa during the weekend (4 August) to begin training for his controversial fight against a white South African boxer.
SV Interior John Tate waving to crowd inside building (2 SHOTS)
CU Bob Arum speaking to newsmen at press conference (3 SHOTS)
ARUM: "We've been looking forward to this fight for a long, long time. John will train here, his training facilities were inspected, indeed chosen by Ace was here, we expect this to be a really truly great fight. And that's what we ought to be talking about fight, what a great athletic contest this will be and leave the politics for the politicians. I wanted to come over here now because this demonstrates there's no threats, I don't believe in making threats. Maybe other people believe they can accomplish something by making threats, that's not my way that's not the way things get accomplished. So we're here, the fight's going on and now I'll sit down with the minister and we'll discuss what we discussed before and I'm sure that the resolution of these matters will be applauded and appreciated by men of goodwill in this country and throughout the world whatever the colour of their skin. And it's just the agitators that probably still won't be happy as a result of the outcome of these meetings and those people you couldn't please anyway."
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Background: John Tate, the black American boxer, arrived in South Africa during the weekend (4 August) to begin training for his controversial fight against a white South African boxer. The fight has stirred up a hornets nest in the United States, especially among black Americans.
SYNOPSIS: Tate will fight Gerrie Coetzee, the white South African heavyweight champion, in October. This arrangement has caused a political storm in the United States. The Reverend Jesse Jackson an outspoken advocate of civil rights, has de??? the fight, but Tate says ??? not worried about the possible repercussions. Neither is boxing promoter Bob Arum. Arum told reporters that they had arrived two months early so that Tate could train - not because of increased political pressure.