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Old 12-31-2008, 09:32 AM   #32
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Default Re: Ken Norton's potential Title Reign

Originally Posted by Russell View Post

The weight claim is still irrelevant in the discussion, even if you feel Garcia was a poor fighter.

Norton certainly wasn't the fighter he'd become, nor did he have the people he would later have developing him as a fighter. It's like looking at Mike Weaver's early career, though Ken obviously didn't have it as hard as Weaver. They simply became different fighters.

Agree on all accounts, but the point is he demonstrated that he had chin troubles at all stages of his career, pre-prime, prime, past prime... It was a recurring issue. Garcia was on the light side for a heavyweight even by 1970's standards, and began his career around 160. It wasn't like he hit hard for a man his size either.
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