Re: Muhammad Ali vs. Duane Bobick (Signed, Sealed, But Not Delivered)
3-days later in Istanbul, Muhammad Ali again changed his mind, and announced
that he would fight the winner of a Ken Norton - George Foreman bout.
Ali was convinced that he could not beat Ken Norton anymore, but was
sure he could out-wit Big George again.
Muhammad Ali figured that Big George would have no trouble in flattening Ken Norton
again, moving Kenny out of the way.
Ali was sure a bout with Big George in Houston, Texas, would be the biggest Superfight
in boxing history, and it would take place sometime in 1977.
But, getting Ken Norton to agree to fight Foreman would not be an easy task.
As for Duane Bobick, Muhammad Ali was getting mixed messages about just how good
the undefeated former amateur star was. If the money wasn't right, Ali would not take the bout.
In the meantime, Teddy Brenner (Madison Square Garden Boxing)
was continuing to work on the Ken Norton vs. Duane Bobick fight. Brenner and Bobick's manager
Eddie Futch went out to the west coast in early-November to start the secondary negotiations
with Ken Norton and his manager Bob Biron.
While there, Kenny agreed to $500,000 for his fight purse, but he wanted other assurances from Brenner
before signing the contract to fight Bobick. Bobick on the other hand, was just a fighter waiting
for an opportunity, and his management team was trying to do their best to get him a shot at the
Heavyweight Championship without going through a litany of contenders.
If Ali had agreed to fight Bobick in February 1977 at Madison Square Garden, Duane would have
received $1,200,000. For the Ken Norton fight, Bobick was to get only $250,000 plus limited expenses.
But, the big prize would be a potential fight with Muhammad Ali.
Last edited by Senor Pepe'; 03-20-2012 at 05:55 PM.