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Old 03-21-2012, 09:44 AM   #13
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Default Re: Muhammad Ali vs. Duane Bobick (Signed, Sealed, But Not Delivered)

More on the Muhammad Ali vs. Duane Bobick Championship Fight

In early December it was apparent that the Muhammad Ali vs. Duane Bobick fight
would not go on.

Teddy Brenner moved quickly to get the Ken Norton vs. Ken Norton signed, and
sealed for a late-February or early-March open date at Madison Square Garden.

While Ken Norton wanted his assurances, Eddie Futch, Bobick's manager just wanted
anybody to get in the ring with Duane, as long as his name wasn't George Foreman.

Futch was convinced that Ken Norton was on his way down, and prime for an upset.
As Eddie was not impressed with the way Norton fought versus a faded Muhammad Ali.

On December 7, 1976, Madison Square Garden Boxing announced that the Norton vs. Bobick
fight was signed, sealed and ready to go.

Muhammad Ali, at the request of Madison Square Gardens publicity director, agreed to participate in
a telephonic press conference, where he simulataneously announced his retirement and would
help promote the Norton - Bobick contest.

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