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Old 08-21-2007, 06:51 PM   #1
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Default Norton Ali 3 or Holmes Norton

The third Ali Norton fight raises controversy everytime it is mentioned. Most are in one camp or the other as to the result ( I feel it was so close I dont mind one way or the other, it is an average fight quality wise in my opinion).

Holmes Norton is held up as a defining fight for Holmes, winning the title, name opponent etc.

My question is, Holmes gets a razor thin decision over a 34-35 year Norton while he himself is 28-29 and should be hitting his straps, while a faded Ali post Manilla squeezes a controversial decision over the same Norton a couple of years prior, which is the more meritorious result?
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Old 08-22-2007, 12:47 AM   #2
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Default Re: Norton Ali 3 or Holmes Norton

I feel that Larry Holmes beat Ken Norton more convincingly than Muhammad Ali ever did. I thought that Larry won enough of the early rounds of his fight with Norton to take the decision by at least a few points. I also think Larry won the 15th round, as he staggered Norton pretty good right at the end. A young, prime Ali would have outboxed Norton like he did for the first 5 rounds of their second fight.

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Old 08-22-2007, 05:20 AM   #3
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Good point jear, never thought of it like that. In my opinion Norton didn't do enough.
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Old 08-22-2007, 05:31 AM   #4
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Holmes won clearly and thats how the story should be told.

Norton on paper was old then lost quite a bit but in that fight nothing looked old about him.
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