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Old 02-17-2011, 09:39 AM   #59
Il Duce
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Default Re: INGO vs. Cassius Clay (Sparring session, Fake or ?)

RJ,

Pekka Kokkonen has the entire filming of the sparring sesions at The Convention Hall.
Also, interviewed for the released film in Finland and Sweden.
30+ minutes of light-sparring, with himself, Clay, Otah Brown and Ted Donald.

He stated, (when translated) a publicity stunt, with Clay and Brown.
Both were fighting the next night, and Chris Dundee the fight promoter needed
some highlights of sparring to show on Television Monday night, to help promote
the Tuesday night show, which had slow pre-fight ticket sales.

Pekka's take on Cassius Clay;
Very, very quick. The best footwork I had ever seen.
But with those hands by his side, he was open for quick right hand leads.
I can't say anything about his power, because I was never in the ring with him.
But INGO said, that I punched harder than Clay (February 1961).

I was supposed to spar with Clay a week or so later, after his fight.
But I never got a chance.
I would have loved the opportunity.
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