Originally Posted by Bill1234
I'm not sure about Michael, but it'd have been close. Granted Michael was a huge puncher at lightheavy, at heavy he wasn't a big puncher and wasn't very strong.
I think Norton would give him a lot of problems with his style and strength. Holmes rocked Spinks several times with his right hand and was also clearly much stronger. Norton, being stronger and a harder puncher than Holmes, would pose big problems for Spinks, especially with his style that is so difficult for the more boxer types such as Spinks, Ali, Holmes, etc.
There's no way that Leon was in Ken's class. Ali made Spinks look better than he really was in their first fight. This was proved in the rematch. A near 37 year old Ali,adopting the right tactics,made Spinks look ordinary. Imagine what a 1974 'Zaire' Ali would have done to Leon.