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Cassius Clay Workout 6/15/71

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Film Identifier: F.2012-03-0899
Run Time
0h 5m 36s
Date Produced
June 15 1971
This film shows Muhammad Ali as he spars with two opponents in the Fire Department Gym at Navy Pier on June 15, 1971.
This film shows Muhammad Ali without any headgear engaged in a sparring match with Gene Wells at the Quonset hut-styled Fire Department Gym at Navy Pier. After this first match, Ali wraps his hands while publicist Ben Bentley approaches to provide a quick message and sportswriter Wendell Smith observes from his nearby seat. Assistant trainer Salameh Hassan inspects the hand wrapping and then Ali momentarily practices solo in the ring. Ali spars with Alonzo Johnson and the film concludes with crowd applause as he and Ali congratulate each other.

In preparation for his upcoming heavyweight fight with Jimmy Ellis in Houston, Ali also sparred on this day against a third partner, Eddie Brooks, who is not shown. Amidst all of this preparation, Ali awaited a pending Supreme Court decision regarding his 1967 conviction for draft evasion.

Main Credits
Koza, Frank (is filmmaker)
Actors, Performers and Participants
Ali, Muhammad (is participant)
Wells, Gene (is participant)
Bentley, Ben (is participant)
Smith, Wendell (is participant)
Related Place
Chicago (represents)