Muhammad Ali and Ron Onions

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October 30, 2014 by dontbringlulubook

Memories of the Foreman vs Ali fight in Kinshasa forty years ago, prompted a reminiscence of Ali’s visit to the then BBC office in the Rockefeller Center in Manhattan.

One of the co-authors of ‘Don’t Bring Lulu’ Ron Onions met the former Cassius Clay when he came into the corporation’s office off Fifth Avenue for an interview.

Ali at mike

Onions anticipated the boxer’s charisma but was nevertheless taken aback when the reel-to reel tape was checked to see if the interview had been recorded.

Ali asked for a fee of $100 and the BBC’s first news organiser based New York had to organise a whip-round from the office staff.

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