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Ali-Spinks Fight #256427

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 16, 1978
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(Studio) Fight in 1964 in which Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay, won boxing's heavyweight title from Sonny Liston compared to Ali's losing fight on Wednesday night with Leon Spinks.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Las Vegas, NV) Film of fight shown. [ANNOUNCER - describes fight.] Details of fight noted; Spinks' Olympic gold medal in 1976 mentioned. [SPINKS - cites reaction to win.] Spinks' expressed desire to give Ali rematch and Ali's reaction reported [ALI - says it will be 1st time champion has come back for 3rd time; notes self and Floyd Patterson have both come back twice. Will have chance now to get adjusted to being loser and try to come back after being on top for so long.]
REPORTER: Miriam Bjierre

(NYC) Spinks' competition in 1976 Olympics mentioned; film shown, courtesy ABC Sports. Report on Spinks' background in Saint Louis and rise in boxing world. Films shown. Reaction of Spinks' friends in Saint Louis to his win over Ali described. [MEN - cite reaction to win.] Ali-Liston fight in 1964 mentioned.

(Studio) Leon Spinks' brother Michael's win in light heavyweight boxing match in Las Vegas on Wednesday night reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Bjierre, Miriam;
Cronkite, Walter;
Ford, Sam

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