Re: Spinks Vs Norton 1978
Interesting upset pick. Can you elaborate on it more?
Kenny was slipping quite a bit, but Leon was not a guy that was never ever the type to hold onto that title long. A loss was in the horizon.
There were plenty of tough matches for Spinks in 78 and he might be a .500 fighter if the names on the opponent list were; Norton/Young/Holmes/faded version of Lyle/Foreman out of retirement possibility because DKP was attempting it/Coetzee/Knoetze/Shavers.
Pretty much a mindfield for Spinks and a tightrope act for sure. Maybe Arum puts him in with a Bobick or a young Tate or Evangelista was another guy who got a lot of chances. Maybe even a Ledoux rematch. But that would make for 1 easy defense and that may very well have not been a soft title defense for Leon at the time.
I also happen to think a 78 version of Norton is in similar terrain after losing that tough fight with Holmes. Always, always, always watch out for the old heavies that have to dig real real deep in their previous fight. And Kenny did look bad against Middleton and Stephens for a while, let alone Zanon. So his recent form had not been good.
But stylewise, I think Spinks suits what Norton needs far more than some others at the time. Just as Norton suits the Spinks style a whole lot better than a 78 Holmes or a Shavers.