Originally Posted by Stevie G
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.
Stevie, you make a very good point. I think (without wishing to resurrect an old argument) that Kenny deserved to be lineal champion after Yankee stadium, but until Young's defeat of Foreman and subsequent defeat by Norton, the picture is unclear, and one has to concede that there is a strong possibility that George would have beaten Ken in '76, even the post Ali mentally dishevelled George.