Originally Posted by HOUDINI
You don't find a more respected ref than Mercante. If he says that it was the most difficult fight he was ever involved in to score that means something. Close fight. In my mind it was close because of Norton giving away several mid rounds and by lagging back in the 15th. You just don't do this as a challenger for the worlds championship. He and his corner should have known better.
Good post. Also, Norton laying back on the ropes and allowing Ali to take potshots at him lost Ken points.