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"The Right Place At The Right Time" Transcript
David Hume Kennerly:

The Ali-Frasier fight at Madison Square Garden, March 8th of 1971, was a huge affair. Ali had been out of the boxing game for three years because he was a conscientious objector and didn't fight until this first match with Frasier. Frasier was the world undefeated champion and so had Ali been when he quit. So you can imagine the fanfare. I mean it's considered one of the biggest prizefights ever in this country. And everyone was there. Neil Liefer, who's probably the greatest sports writer of all time and took that famous picture of Ali-Liston where he's like got his mouth open—he's looking down at him—was at the fight. And I watched—Neil did a presentation the other day and he said he generally has never missed a shot. He said the only time he was really been beaten badly was by David Kennerly at that fight. Because I was in the right place. I had the picture of him getting hit and going down – his legs were buckling. And when I saw the film of that fight years later, he went down so fast I have no idea how I got that picture. And it was like I had the whole sequence of him going down. And it happened so fast. It was really very lucky. I had the right position.

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