Re: why did holmes and norton never have a rematch?
March 23, 1979
#1 WBC-ranked - Ken Norton
The 34 year-old former WBC Heavyweight Champion was a heavily bet 3-1 favorite,
for this scheduled 12-Round WBC Elimination bout.
Plus, a fight purse of $750,000 to face what many were saying was a faded and
low-stamina Earnie Shavers.
Bill Slayton, devised a fight-pan for Kenny, which was to get in close to Earnie and
make him work. Smother and maul him, and after 3 or 4 Rounds he would be 'gassed-out'.
Bill Slayton had Kenny come in at 225 lbs., thinking the added weight would help wear
down Earnie, and by the 5th Round, Earnie would be 'easy-pickings'.
Bill Slayton, 'If Earnie doesn't have room, he can't hit hard with his looping punches. On
the inside, Earnie does not know how to fight. We plan to go at it like a 'Rugby Player'
in a scrum.'