S: Tell me, do
you happen to know what was in Ali's mind after he won?
W: He told me. He
talked about leaving the stadium in Kinshasa as the dawn was beginning to
break. Hundreds of fans were still in the stands and the ring had all these
people in it, squaring off and acting out how Foreman had gone down. Ali and
his wife went out and sat in the back seat of their Citro�n. On the drive to
the training camp on the banks of the Za�re River he said they had begun
talking about how odd it seemed to be coming out of a fight into the light of
day. Invariably, fighters arrive at the arenas in the late afternoon or in the
early evening, leaving daylight, and after the night's activity they come into
darkness. In the car Ali kept remarking on it. It seemed so symbolically
appropriate that on this occasion he should be coming out of darkness into
S: Well, O.K. I
might give him the benefit of the doubt. Might even look into this issue with
him on the cover.
W: You might find
out some things about him.
S: But why his
rascally look on the cover?
W: I don't know.
I suppose it tells you in there somewhere.