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THE NEXT STOP IS COSTA RICA
March 01, 1976
Ali sat comfortably in his dressing room watching on TV as 27-year-old Jimmy Young, ranked No. 2 among heavyweight contenders by Ring Magazine, slapped and struggled his way to a 10-round decision over Joe (King) Roman. Scheduled for Costa Rica in late April, Ali-Young also will be a home TV bout. The question is whether it will be as dull as the Coopman fight. Some in San Juan thought so. Said one witness, "Not only could Young not take out Roman, a man who lasted two-thirds of a round with Foreman, he couldn't take out his wife for dinner." But Angelo Dundee, Ali's trainer, foresees no repeat of the Coopman debacle. "Young beats Coopman easy," Dundee says. "The guy's a boxer." Young's most luminous wins have been over British champ Richard Dunn and Venezuela's Jose Luis Garcia, but the victory that put him in the contender's seat was a 10-round upset of Ron Lyle a year ago. "Young's a stand-up guy," says Dundee, "and he leans slightly to his left so he always appears to be lopsided. He's what I call a cute fighter. Not great, but a threat."
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March 01, 1976

The Next Stop Is Costa Rica

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No. 10 LARRY HOLMES, 24
Lost to Bobick in the 1972 Olympic try-outs and has kept a low profile. Good boxer, good puncher. Has not had to take punishment yet.

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