People, May 17, 1976

"Gladiators were the supreme fighters," says Joe Frazier, trying his mightiest to explain why he and fellow Heavyweight George Foreman were suited up like Roman combatants to hype interest in their June 15 bout. The idea for the gladiator getup came from Fight Promoter Jerry Perenchio, who borrowed two outfits that had been used in MGM's 1959 film Ben Hur. Perenchio's costuming may be entirely apt, but his choice of battleground is far from Rome. Foreman and Frazier will square off at the Coliseum all right—the one in Nassau County, N. Y.

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