|In the late 1960s, Miami boxing promoter Murry Woroner had a successful radio series of fantasy fights between champs of years past -- he fed statistics into a state-of-the-art computer, which would choose a "winner". Based on the popularity of these fights, he convinced Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali to film 70 one-minute rounds, which were then assembled according to a computer script and produced a scheduled 15 round fight.|
On January 20, 1970, The "Fight of the Century -- Ali vs. Marciano" was shown one time across Europe and North America. Afterwards, all prints of the fight were destroyed, except one copy given to the U.S. Copyright Office. Other than one showing on ABC's "Wide World of Sports" in the early 70s, it has not been seen since.
Marciano, the only Heavyweight Champion to retire undefeated, was 46 in 1969 and missed the challenge and glory of the ring. Ali was 27 and, at the time, undefeated as well, had been stripped of his title and boxing license for defying military induction.
Both champs were motivated to determine, once and for all, who was the Greatest Heavyweight Champion of All Time!
Editor's NoteMurray Woroner's 1960s radio program, which used a computer to predict the outcomes of fantasy boxing games, was responsible for the much talked about but rarely seen superfight between Rocky Marciano and Muhammed Ali. Shown only once before nearly all the prints were destroyed, this computerized simulation posits a fight between the fighters when both are at the peak of their abilities.
|David Woroner, et. al. - Producer|
|Mike Delisa - Director|
|Muhammad Ali - Featuring|
|Rocky Marciano - Featuring|