Originally Posted by PowerPuncher
A potential Norton title run should happen from 1976 when he quite possible edged out Ali. After that he beat Bobick, controversally beat Young, arguably beat Holmes. He was then smashed the next year against Shavers, although maybe Norton at 35yo on the back of 2 controversal losses had given up on the game and just come for the paycheck by that stage.
If Norton had been champ he would have had fights on his terms, the fights he wanted, got the benefit of close decisions etc (Holmes/Ali). Maybe he would have grown into being a champ and reigned for a few years
If Ken had been given the decision against Muhammad in '76,would he have defended against George Foreman ? If not,I see fragmentation of the title again.