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Ali / Spinks Boxing Match #52640

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 16, 1978
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(Studio) Report on boxing match between world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali and challenger Leon Spinks in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, in which Ali was unseated. Film shown, courtesy CBS Sports. Ali's career detailed; films shown. Olympic gold medal won by Ali, then Cassius Clay, in 1960, his win over world champion Sonny Liston and fight with Joe Frazier in Manila mentioned. Spinks background, include Olympic gold medal in 1976 and service in Marines, given. Phone conversation with Spinks and trainer Sam Solomon shown. [SOLOMON - says Spinks did all he was told. Can do same again to Ali or anyone else.] [SPINKS - says fighters haven't changed since last defeat of champion by decision, but guesses he has, by trying to show he can beat Ali. Recites poem he wrote about Ali.] Details of last rounds of fight given [ALI - has to live with defeat. Has made others lose; will try to come back.]
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Reasoner, Harry

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