The former world heavyweight boxing champion, Cassius Clay, or Muhammed Ali as he has become known, has begun his attempt to stage a come-back in boxing.
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REPORTER: About your own progress, have you come along about the way you wanted to?
CLAY: SEQ 3: Yes. I have got my weight down now to about two-fourteen, which is two pounds heavier than the first fight with Sonny Liston -- that was six year ago -- which is usually impossible for the heavyweights to do, especially in the short time that I've had. I was up to about two-forty when I got word that the first exhibition would go off here. So I came down to two fourteen from two-forty and I'm in good shape; running good every day about an hour non-stop every morning and I'm ready.
REPORTER: When Quarry fought Foster he started out kind of long range and then he moved inside and he finally got to him. He says that perhaps you don't recognise all his speed. You think he can keep up with you?
CLAY: No, I think it is impossible for any heavyweight to keep up with me. But he is tricky, it is possible he could get in a punch, which I am sure he is counting on doing, and knocking out or t.k.o.-ing me, possible relying on me to tire down, to wear me down as I heard once. There is a lot of different ways we can look at it, but I know one thing, it will soon be over and we will soon see.
REPORTER: SEQ 7: He has great deal of speed. Do you think he is aware of the speed that you have?
QUARRY: I really don't think so. He hit me as a puncher and strictly as a puncher. But come October 26th. he's going to find out a whole lot different.
REPORTER: Of course nobody has ever yet nailed this guy. We don't know if he can take a punch or not.
QUARRY: I'll find out. I'll nail him.
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Background: The former world heavyweight boxing champion, Cassius Clay, or Muhammed Ali as he has become known, has begun his attempt to stage a come-back in boxing. Clay was stripped of his world title in 1967 after refusing to serve in the United States army and he had not fought for three and a half years.
On Monday (October 26) he will fight fellow-American Jerry Quarry in an exhibition bout at Atlanta, Georgia.
The fight is scheduled to go fifteen rounds. Clay reports himself ? fit after his three years out of the ring, and plans to fight around 208 pounds (94k.g.) eleven pounds (5k.g.) heavier than Quarry.
Clay, asked about his opponent, was uncommonly modest, although he believed he was still the fastest heavyweight in the world despite his absence from the ring. Quarry said he regarded Clay as strictly a puncher and he would "nail"Clay.