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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 6, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta \ NO4toat they had to fight. All they have to do, and they Will do as they please Monday evening, is put on boxing gloves and fighting hot pants, they have to be at least eight inches above the knee, and they will put somewhere between eight and nine hundred thousand dollars in the bank. Cooke, Is indeed*, Santa Claus. ? ? ? He has made, and I didn't think it was possible, yet another farce of the so-called fight game. Frazier will step into the ring Monday evening to face Muhammad Clay, or is it Cassius All or is it the Louisville Lip? Just who is it? Who is this guy with vocal diarrhea that Frazier is to fight? Some call him the greatest heavyweight ever. Some say he can't take a punch but then no one has hit him. Regardless of what people say or think Cassius Clay or Muhammad Ali, take your pick, did win the world championship by soundly beating everyone he faced. Besides verbally trouncing his opponents he defeated them where it counted, in the ring. Take your pick, the oddsmakers say. I made a choice and for the life of me I don't really know why but I have a feeling Frazier will do what no other fighter has been able to do, defeat Clay. The hunch came to me some time ago. If I told you I followed the fight game closely I would be stretching the truth longer than Clay's tongue but the feeling is still there. This, without a doubt, will be Clay's toughest test. It could be, so to speak, his moment of truth. He has not fought a better opponent than Frazier and I don't believe he will beat Frazier. Clay is frothing at the mouth with profound pre-dictions. This would indicate that while his hands and movements have slowed, his tongue has not. He may be leaving the best part of his upcoming fight behind a microphone. . Monday's fight will either be the best fight of the century or a bigger farce than Frazier's win over Bob Foster. The stage is set, I like Frazier, and regardless of the outcome, both fighters will take home the biggest paycheck of their lives even if they waltz through 15 rounds to the tune, Bye Bye Birdie. Five million dollars, Mr. Cooke, has flown your coop. ? ? ? Lethbridge Sugar Kings are on the road this weekend as the Alberta Junior Hockey League playoffs get under way. The locals are in Edmonton to face the Maple Leafs in one semi-final round while Red Deer Rustlers and Calgary Cougars suit up against each other in the league's remaining series. Both are a best-of-seven affair. The Sugar Kings, who finished second to Red Deer during the regular season, should sideline the Leafs. The Kings have been playing the soundest hockey of the season of late, so much so that coach John Chapman hasn't had to lose his temper. Chapman, it can be said, may get a chance to blow his top in only true Chapman fashion. No one has said it yet, but the way the Alberta Junior Hockey League has been run this year it wouldn't surprise me any if the announcement was made that should Red Deer lose to Calgary there would be an additional playoff between the winner of the Sugar King-Leaf series to see who ventures further along the playoff trail. If you didn't know it before, Calgary cannot advance past the league playoffs due to over-age play ers. This sets up a beautiful situation for the winner of the Leaf-Sugar King series. If Calgary stops the Rustlers, and I believe they will, the survivor of the other playoff is automatically in. ? * ? I wonder if Alf Cadman, coach of the Rustlers and a figurehead in the league decisions, hasn't had second thoughts about the way the Rustlers finished in first place? Anyway, the Kings will be home next weekend and with any luck at all in the northern centre, could wrap up a berth in the league final in the friendly confines of the Lethbridge Arena. WRESTLING EXHIBITION AUDITORIUM MONDAY, MARCH 8 - 8.30 p.m. CAN THE INCREDIBLE ENGLISHMAN DO IT? ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER vs LES THORNTON BOB SWEETAN vs BOB LUECK Tomaiso and Sullivan vs Ruhl and Pacchlano Peller vs Kroffat - Hayes vs Pirie CFL Allstar Big John Helton vs Stirling Gaylord ADMISSION $2, $1.50 Bex Office Open* 7 p.m. Watch STAMPEDE WRESTLING on CJLH-TVI gether with five wins and five losses. Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island had identical 4-6 records, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick each had three wins and seven losses, while Quebec wound up on the bottom with a 2-8 mark. Play was halted for 15 minutes in another of a series of freak happenings that have haunted the championship when a general power failure hit Quebec City. ' The blackout lasted IS minutes and by the time power was restored, some of the more humorous skips had found sufficient light from an auxiliary power unit to alter the scoreboards with some scores that were fantastic considering they had played only three or four ends. STORM FORCED CHANGE There were three rounds played Friday instead of two, after a blizzard had forced postponement of a scheduled Thursday night round. It was the first time in the history of the championship that a round had to bo postponed to the following day. Tetley appeared tired and insecure Friday night against the Prince Edward Island foursome. He had drawn the first-round bye and was appearing in his 10th straight game, while Ready had enjoyed the Friday afternoon bye. He was repeatedly short on vital draw shots and inaccurate with several takeout attempts. Ready, on the other hand, just kept plugging away and was never in serious trouble throughout. 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