Re: Ken Norton's potential Title Reign
Well........first Norton was never the true champion. Ali had the title until he lost it to Spinks. He then rewon it from Spinks and retired. Norton was handed the title which of course is not a valid way to win the worlds hwt championship and two someone else was already the champion when he was handed the title. Holmes is considered champion because he beat the former champion Ali as well as his beating the no 1 challenger...Norton. Add to this his long title reign.....add them all up and Holmes certainly was the rightful next champion after Ali. So......let's say Norton beats Holmes in 1978.....he then has wins over both Young and Holmes and is clearly next in line once Ali retires. I would think Ali would have come out of retirement to fight Norton as he did Holmes and assuming the same circumstances Norton wins and historically with wins over both other top challengers and beating the former champion he becomes the next true champion. Norton holds the title until he fights Shavers or the up and coming Cooney.