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Old 12-10-2012, 07:21 AM   #14
Stevie G
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Default Re: Heavyweights who were never the lineal champion but were the best on the planet

Originally Posted by FastHands(beeb) View Post
Ken Norton from circa 1976 to June 9, 1978 is the standout example on the modern era for me.

There have been times when future/past lineal champs have been the best HW on the planet but couldn't get a shot, for example Liston from about 1958-59; Max Schmeling in 1936 had a pretty good claim too...

I would say that Ken Norton takes this accolade from early 1977,after George Foreman retired, up until June '78,when he lost to Larry Holmes. Prior to that,it's a little messy. Jimmy Young had the '77 Foreman's number. Norton beat Young,albeit by a small margin in November,but Foreman would still have beaten Norton.
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