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Old 07-05-2012, 07:09 AM   #12
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Default Re: Spinks Vs Norton 1978

Originally Posted by FastHands(beeb) View Post
Norton...period. I remember the politics surrounding this at the time...outrageous the way Norton was sidestepped in '78 by both Ali and Spinks.

As a huge Norton fan I was gutted at the time about this, and the injustice still rankles all these years later...instead of being the rightful linear champ, Ken Norton is remembered by some as the only HW champ neve to have (officially) won a title fight...

Grossly unfair on an excellent fighter, imo...

Norton inside 8 rounds - and that's possibly being generous when you think how Spinks was blasted out by both Coetzee & Holmes...I am not claiming that Kenny could crack with a single shot like Coetzee, but you get my drift...
Excellent and dead on accurate post ...

Ali was terrified that Norton would get the first crack at Spinks, the rtitle shot he deserved ever since he was robbed v.s. Ali at Yankee Stadium ... Ali knew Norton would crush Spinks and that he'd have to go through Ken to ever regain the crown and that at that point in his career he had zero shot of winning such a fight ... it was boxing politics at it's worst the way contracts were violated and Ali was given the rematch and slapped and clinched his way to a dull decision over a pathetic Spinks ...
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