Folk-rocker James Taylor landed free tickets to one of the greatest boxing match-ups of all time when promoters at New York's Madison Square Garden double booked Muhammad Ali's fight with JOE FRAZIER on the same night as his show there.

Taylor, a huge boxing fan, couldn't believe his luck when he realised Ali and Frazier were billed to fight at the venue on the same night as his show there in 1971.

He recalls, "We had the thing booked a year in advance. It was amazing, the negotiations.

"They gave us a night a couple of nights later and also tickets to the fight. Not too bad at all."

17/04/2005 10:24