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Sunday, June 29, 1975
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4D - Sunday Gazette-Mail Charleston, West Virginia _^^ Tight of a Lifetime' May Be Ali's Last KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Muhammad AH defends the world heavyweight championship here Tuesday morning in what is billed as "The fight of a lifetime." And. it is the first professional fight in the life of many Malaysians. There hasn't been a pro fight here"in 30 years. It also couki be Ali's last fight, but the champion's announcement last Monday that he was 99 per cent sure he was going to retire has been greeted with skepticism by most Ali watchers. There remains speculation he will fight Joe Frazier for a third time. Ali 3-1 Favorite London bookmakers have made Ali a __ 3-1 favorite to accomplish his second vic- tory over the 25-year-oM Briton who is the European champion. Ali beat Bugner on a 12-round decision Feb. 14,1973,20 months before he regained the world title by knocking out George Foreman in eight rounds in Zaire. "Ali is not better than the Muhammad Ali of 2V'a years ago," maintains Andy Smith, Bugner's manager. "But the Joe Bugner of today is better than the Joe Bugner of 2% years ago." A crowd of more than 30,000, paying from about $15 to $30 is expected at the outdoor Merdeka Stadium for AU's 16th title fight, which is scheduled to start at 9: 30 a.m. It will be seen on closed-circuit television beginning at 10 p.m., EOT, June 30, in the United States. There also will be two other scheduled 15-round title fights on the closed-circuit program although they will not be seen here. They are light heavyweight champion Victor Galindez of Argentina against Jorge Ahumada of Argentina and middleweight champ Carlos Mouzon of Argentina against Tony Lacata of New Orleans. -- AP Wirephoto Muhammad Ali Heavyweight Champion --AP Wirephoto Joe Bugner The Challenger Ifinorities Support igner By Dave Anderson (C) 1975 N. l r . Times Service HKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Perspective is always sculpted by the upper Kfrtd; As black, Muhammad Ali often speaks of oppression in America but in this Southeast Asian nation dominated by r(is$luslim religion, the champion e$f in the atmosphere surrounding his f igKt with Joe Bugner for the world heavyweight title. . ' · ' . - t^didn't know/' Ali keeps saying, 'iffiere was a place on earth where so many people were together in heaven."- . 'Malaysia's pastel flowers and thick foli- ;. ^supposedly form a tropical ' 'Garden of Rices" but it's really more like a mine fiefd; Ali is content because the ruling Malays are his Muslim brothers. He had tea Saturday with the King, the Yang Di Per- tjiati Agong. and he has dined at the pala- tijii palm-shaded home of Malaysia's wealthiest tycoon, Tun Datu Haji Musta- pjfik. who recently ordered two 707 jets for Mjp^personal travels. Ali accepts the power dHne beige-skinned majority that has created seething minorities -- the yellow- skinned Chinese in their slacks and miniskirts', the Mocha-skinned Indians and Pak- isjianis in their turbans and gowns, the Communist terrorists out there in the jungle The minorities are Joe Bugner's peo- plelhere. * ' MINORITIES identify with the ^year-old Englishman for both political and emotional reasons. They know that like 'them. Joe Bugner is the underdog. Th^probably don't realize that like them, JoBuper has always been the underdog. : .*Jpe Bugner sounds like an Englishman now Iwith his clipped accent. But with his cufly blond hair and chiseled face, he re- s'emDles the Hungarian he once was. He was born in Szeged, an industrial city near trier Yugoslav border. He was six xears old wfrteri the Hungarian revolution occurred. ffis father remained. He seldom speaks of Sir father now. But he escaped with his mother and his older brother, Bill, a freedom-fighter. ·'fl shall never forget hiding in a cornfield," he says. "We saw these huge figures in the dark and thought they were Russian soldiers but they turned out to be sandbags. I've never been so petrified in idy life. After that, you can see why no one m the boxing ring, not even Ali, can scare nie." l*Ee also remembers Soviet tanks clanking along, leveling trees in a show of strength. After he got to England, he took bofly-building courses that turned him into a*Malibu Beach boy. Even now he thinks ^'extreme strength is something beautiful" His muscles made him a schoolboy discus champion. But he gravitated to frn3y Smith, a Scot who owns a boxing gym" outside London, because he had been ignored by discus coaches. "With any real encouragement in the discus," he says, "I'd never become a fighter." * * * '. :HIS CRITICS contend that he still isn't a fighter. None of the two dozen correspondents here from the United Kingdom give him a serious chance against Ali in the title bout. · *£'He freezes," says Reg Gutteridgs of 3$[fe London Evening News. "He has no lavement." i^t'He has a key in his back," says Ken jefries of The Sunday Mirror. "He's too ipechanical." I*f He's not English," says Neil Allen of #* Times, "He's a Hungarian with a Scot ttliner." n the bell rings," uyi Hugh Mcil- of the Observer, "it's not a bugle I'-tot Bugner's stiff style made him an 'jfty target for Ali in Las Vegas in a unanimous 12-rAiind decision more than two* "" VACATION TUNE-UP SPECIALS! ENJOY YOUR VACA TION WITH CAREFREE DRIVING ... 16) AC, AUTOLITE or CHAMPION SPARK PLUGS V hv V KELLY- SPRINGFIELD WIDETREADS KELLY- SPRINGFIELD WIDETREADS EACH RESISTOR PLUGS "SUPERCHARGER" ffi ^TM^TM$«$ k^WSl J^^ J Sn SERIES sloping Adc SthlsepowerhoL/widetreads to your car and see the deference. 650x13 G50X1415 M50xl4 L50xl5 EACH Replace them yourself and save! 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