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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 2, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta (3 Ti'( i1 llir.rili'' E Me, P'l VANCOUVER ft'P) Mu- hammad Ali thumped George rdiivulo "willi my host lint lie couldn't drop [lie durnljle Canadian lo Ihc canvas in win- ning a unanimous ]2-ruund clcci- siitn Monday night. Ali, (lie former world cham- pion, exhibited flashes of his old-time fjpecd as he danced around (he hull-like Canadian heavyweight champion, slinging him flickering left jabs and rucking him with right hooks. Ghuvalo, 31. was surprised at llic 30-year-old former champi- on's condition. "lie was in belter shape Iban VANCOUVER (CP) One man who probably look a beating in Monday's Muham- mad A 1 i -G e o r g e Chuvalo heavyweight match Is a bat- tle-scarred veteran who has never stepped into boxing ring. He docs his fighting from behind a desk, or on the floor A tlTTtE PREMATURE George Cliuvalo has his hands raised by his exuberant n-rmncier Ungermar. moments before a unanimous decicion was awarded to former heavyweight cbnn-pjcn Muhammad Ali Monday evening in Vancouver, (CP Wirephoto) lo rud says lie g BOSTON Mue, Lhe main- j-nph- Oaklanrl AMiIr'ir- omore in hhlory. youiic r' m olid 'Tni ready to Hip hls holdont and sicn n coo- year-old pilchcr lain .Mon- trarf f.ochv n- nrobahiy Jhr; (rfay night after arriving in Bor-- Inn on a flight from Pnr Frnn- I Bliin mcl, nl IV nirporl by -for1, ficirhlrr. In baFrball Ticnvir Kulin. He was pmHe, but. not communicative v.'iih Hie, lone spnrts wrifcr in meet him. He looked fit, merely s li r u E e'rl nnd occasionally smiled when asUcd questions, pucli as linw Innq rikj Im think U. 'rtVc before he's ready In pildi. "I've been work 1112 mil on my the A m c1 r i c a n League's valfr-rihln player and Cy Young Au-nrd vinncr said. "I don'L have ;my WILL TAKE Blue, who had hprn holding out for agreed In accept a total package nf to with the Athletics. All that's needed now is (ure on n contract. Thai busi- ness had lo conic firsl. tod-'iv be- fore he lefl a Turilcl and mnvcd in wilh his al EI hnlrl a .short distance from Fcn- Park where the Athletics nice', flostnn Rod Sox lonighf. Kiilm and Oakland, owner rhnriin Fjnlny also were due in town for Ibn nfficinl sipning of one or baseball's top gale at- "I Finley in Chicpco, adding be. was i "cxfrcmcly thnt Blue wa" n-.ifly l.o j lo say. Vida will be a vek'nine adciilimi and v-ull be welcome." Finlcy added, i Finlcy Ihc conlracr lerms will be the same worked out List v.cek in a meeting with i Blue. The club rnvncr added, "The cnnlrac'. will read finO.OOQ and on the side will he r-Is.fWQ in cash." In fini full in the league in 1971. Blue earned uhlle compiling 3 2-1-8 record and packing in fans wherever lie. pile-bed Blue and his hiwyrr. 'Robert i J. of Los Angeles, have j conducfc'l marafhon lions with Finlc1.. Lin Lin at Dallas DALLAS (CT-APi Chi Ciil Rodriguez looked around, grinned, and said: "1 can't bclicvn 1 '.von Ih? whole thing." The little Puerto Rican, slump-ridden for a year and forced to abandon his role as a carefree clown, bad just beaten Bill Casper on the first hole of 3 suddcn-dcnih playoff for the first prize in Ihe Byron Nelson Golf Classic. And Wilf Homenuik of Winni- peg, (he surprise of the tourna- ment, perhaps is wondering how he missed a two-foot putt on the IBth hole Iliaf cost him than Homenuik, who had third place alone, three-putted the final green to end up with 36-34 and a three-way tie for third place with Bruce Cramp- ton and Charles Coody. They won 36.GC13 each. The 36-year-old Rodriguez hit third shot stiff to the flag and tapped In a five-foot birdie putt on the 555-yard 15th hole, the first of the playoff. Both he and Casper were tied at 273, seven under par on the Prcsfon Trail Golf Club course. Casper shot a final-round 71 and Rodriguez a par 70. CASPER EXPLAINS Casper said a loss of concen- tration on the ninth hole, the first of three boles %vhere be went one over, marked his downfall. He won Defending champion Jack Nicklaus, the winner of the last two Nelson Classics, was II shots back at Arnold Palmer finished at after three-putting twice on the clos- ing holes trying to make a pat- ented birdie charge. Home.iuik-, who went into Monday's final round three strokes off Casper's eigbt-un- der-par pace, had missed only three of 51 greens in the first three rounds. Only one of those three misses cost him strokes. Thai was on No. 17 in Sunday's third round when he tried to play a ball without realizing it was in mud and, under the rules, permissi- ble to get a free drop. The muddy ball fell into water and he ttiree-putted to go three over par. of the Vancouver Slock Ex- change, or wherever money can be mnde or lost. He's Murray Pezim, a 51- year-old slock promoter with moods and finances as changeable as this city's leg- endary weather. Pczim, a flamboyant bache- lor with a taste for the flashy side of life, likes to do things in a big way. He and Earl Click, another promoter, stormed the Vancouver Slock Exchange when they arrived here from Toronto in 19G4. The two men quickly look control of six companies, bankrolled them with mil- lion, bought a seat on tbe ex- change and watched the mar- ket respond erratically. DROPS JOBS In Pezim and Click parted and Pczim began di- vesting himself of director- ships of several companies. "I found T was wearing loo many hats. 1 decided to de- vote all my time to stock pro- moling." Pezim said. But be soon got, bored with one hat and began trying on others. "It WHS my friend Irv tin- german (George Chuvalo's manager) who got me inter estcd in fight he said as his sad eyes reflected Ihe disappointing gale re- ceipts. Tbe Pacific Coliseum was less than half filled for Mon- day night's fight. The gate, estimated at would barely cover the money Pezim put up to pay Ali. More money will come in from tele- vision right5, but Monday night, all Pezim could hope to do was break even. Boxing has not been kind to Pezim. Although the Chuvalo- Ali fight was his first big ven- ture into sports promotion, he stepped gingerly into the sporting world a month ago by promoting what he thought was an exclusive closed-cir- cuit telecast in Vancouver o[ the Ali-Mac Foster bout in Tokyo. He came out of that venture with his wallet a little lighter when only 80 people turned out al the Agrodome to watch Ihe telecast. Pezim didn't find out until too late that a Seatlle television sta- tion also had rights lo the telecast, and fight fans in the Vancouver area were able to see the bout on any home tele- vision hooked up to cable. Pezim took no chances of a repeat of that incident Monday night. British Columbia and Washington were blacked out to television viewers. Despite two apparent disap- pointments, Fezim vows to pursue his romance will] sports promotion. "But I'll do things differ- ently next time. I'll do it alone. "This was my first venture Info boxing, and I took a lot of advice. Some of it was bad. But I've learned a lot." I thoughl lie would said the Toronto fighter. "He was in bet- ter shape Ihan for our last fight." The I wo met In Toronto In PJliG, when Ali, then fighting under the name Cassius Clay, whipped Chuvalo but slill didn't manage a knockdown. Chuvalo bore the marks of Monday's beating- -a cut over his left eye, a gash in his mouth and another cut high on his forehead. His face was lumpy and swollen, while Ali was vir- tually unmarked. Only about fans watched the fight in the seat Pa- cific Coliseum, virtually assur- ing a bath in red ink for pro- moter Murray Pezim. Pezim had guaranteed the fighters with going to Ali. Live gate receipts were esti- mated al with tickets sold for between and The promoter also had a slice of the pot for cable television broadcasls into 3-1 countries. While being rocked with left jabs throughout the fight, Chu- valo was contemptuous of Ali's punching power. "Come on, take your best shot, try and knock me he yelled at Ali in the third round, dropping his hands lo his sides and laughing al the for- mer champion. DHAWS BLOOD Ali obliged by firing a left jab, bringing a Irickle of blood from Ihe Canadian's moulh. Again in Ihe final round, Chu- valo taunted Ali, telling him, ''Thai wasn'l. much of a punch." Ali slnrled slov.-ly, sliding around the IS-by-13-foot ring and carrying his hands low. He weighed in at 217V4 pounds, less than he has weighed for any fight .since he lost a world championship bout lo Joe Fra- zier. In March, 197L The lower weight, marie fl dif- ference, as Ah pranced around Chuvalo and escaped any poten- tially-dangerous situations. Chuvalo, weighing 221 pounds, stood ramrod straight for much of flic fight, ignoring the shouted advice from manager Jrving Ungernian, who yelled at the Toronto fighter to "crouch and book, crouch and hook." FOURTH GEORGE'S BEST The fourth round was Chu- valo's best of the fight, as he pinned All against the ropes and landed a crunching left hook. "lie hurt me with that Ali said, but added that he had never been in danger. In the fifth round, All lay en the ropes in one corner and ges- tured Chuvalo forward. After a couple oi attempts to get close, In which be was thumped with hard lells, Chuvalo backed to the centre of the ring and waited for All. The former world champion came alive in the sixth round, pinning Chuvalo in the corner and banging lefts and rights off the bead. Chuvalo emerged from that exchange with his face a bloody mask, blood seeping from a deep cut, over his left eye, near the bridge of his nose. Chuvalo's lips also were puffy and bloody, but be was unaffected. The two judges and referee Dave Brown scored the fight heavily for Ali, who was in com- plete control throughout. One judge gave Ali all 12 rounds, another gave him 10 wliile Brown handed Ihe former champion 11 rounds. the fight, Ah' said he was looking forward to meet- ing Frazier in a rematch for the heavyweight title. He will fight Jerry Quarry in Las Vegas next month and will then travel lo Dublin, Ireland fo meet Alvin Lewis. ONtY MOMENTS AFTER George Chuvalo sports a wide, long cul on bis forehead afler his non-lille figlil wilh Muhammad All Monday in Vancouver. Chuvalo losl a unanimous decision. (CP Wirephoto) coaching duties MONTREAL (CP) Toe Blake, former coach o[ Mont- real Canadiens of the National Hockey League and now vice- president of the hockey club, said Monday he not coach the professional hockey team representing Canada against the Russians this fall. His health would not allow him to take on the Job at this time, he said in an interview. ".If I was going lo come bach, it wouldn't be with anybody but the Canadiens." Toe, who will be CO in August, paid his nerves have given liim problems for some time. "I'm only starling to como around now, and If I do go back ai Miis point, it could jeopardize my recovery, I could slip." His name as a prospective coach for the NHL team that will represent Canada, was raised by Lou Lefaive, a tor of Hockey Canada and head of the federal health depart- ment's fitness and amateur sports directorate. Hockey Canada is expected (o produce a lineup for Canada's team and also pick a coach. But it will have to wait until Alan Eagleson, head of the NHL Player's Association, arrives back from .Prague May fl. Because Ihe proposed eight' game encounter with the sians will conflict with NHL training camps, it is unlikely an incumbent NHL coach will get the job. Joe Kryczka, president of Canadian Amateur Hockey As- sociation, says he would like to interest former Canadiens star Jean Bclivcau in the job. ELRICH TIRE NOTIONAL LEAGUE Ne-v York Ph'iaclc'Dhla SI. Louis Pittsburgh w T 11 S S J 7 VJEST II -3fl5 -3S7 .286 fi .515 1 6 .500 7 .364 3 F ,333 7 .300 3Vf Astros Jiioic, into place alone when you In! your tank I a By 'NIK ASSOCIAI r.D l-miir nirs Unii.slon fur a i :i Cnr Wash gun during tho off-season P after Llioir loy cannon, Jimmy t. jWyim, aomc firepower. I.ue May hiis really lin.s nindc a hotter hilicr nui of Wynn. 'I ho 170-poinuI oul fielder is mon: Minn pulhnp his veight 10 f.I'VMl We honor all r.ioclit cards o; r.i.VA.-ci I CHAHGLX. 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