Ken Norton vs Deontay Wilder

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Dance84, Dec 4, 2020.

Who wins

  1. Norton Knockout

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  2. Norton Decision

    9.5%
  3. Wilder Knockout

    38.1%
  4. Wilder Decision

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  5. Draw

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  1. Dance84

    Dance84 Unicorn and seastar land Full Member

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    Who'd win this heavyweight match up?
     
  2. InMemoryofJakeLamotta

    InMemoryofJakeLamotta We Do Chicken Right!! banned Full Member

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    Norton is the better boxer, but Wilder has too much dynamite in his mitts, plus a significant height and reach advantage.
     
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  3. Toney F*** U

    Toney F*** U Boxing junkie Full Member

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    I know norton doesn’t match up well with power punchers but there’s huge gap in skill here. Wilder is off balance, not good defensively, has no boxing skill, and has no idea how to handle pressure. He also doesn’t know how to fight on the inside. The only way wilder is winning this is by catching norton coming in, but if norton can avoid that right hand I’m seeing a tko win for him.
     
  4. RulesMakeItInteresting

    RulesMakeItInteresting Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I agree, Toney. Norton was too skilled for Deontay. But Deontay certainly had a puncher's chance.

    Norton TKOs Wilder in 7 or 8 at the latest.
     
  5. The Senator

    The Senator Active Member Full Member

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    Ironically, I think they both have some tools to make the night utterly miserable for the other. On one hand, Norton's skilled pressure will absolutely give Wilder fits. But if Wilder does connect, he could easily change the fight on a single shot, and could do so even later into the fight if he's down on the cards. I lean towards Wilder pulling off what looks like a fluke win while Norton commands the fight up until a hard straight right finds its way through his defense. But I'd be cheering for Norton, and I would not be the least bit surprised if he pulls it off in the way you've detailed.
     
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  6. THE BLADE 2

    THE BLADE 2 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Norton stops him. I see Kenny getting on the inside, breaking that body and then the rest will fall. As mentioned here, Wilder does have a geniune puncher's chance. Wilder is in my view probably a Top 5 All time puncher of all time. However, and as I have already said before his 2 fights with Fury, Wilder never really learnt how to box, lacking fundamentals.
     
  7. George Crowcroft

    George Crowcroft 'Snarky Little Gobshite' - IntentionalButt Full Member

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    This is a very good match up. Both men seem to have eachother's foil, and they both seem troublesome for one another stylistically. I think I like Norton here though, tentatively. Sure, 12-15 rounds is a long time to not get blasted out by that right hand, especially when most of it is spent getting inside Wilder's reach. I do think his jab and strength is enough to offset Wilder's horrendous balance and set up Norton's power punches. Wilder, while a tremendous puncher, doesn't really back people up, which is what you needed to do vs Norton.
     
  8. Fergy

    Fergy Walking Dead Full Member

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    I like Wilder in this one. A massive early rounds KO. But Norton the more quality fighter.
     
  9. RulesMakeItInteresting

    RulesMakeItInteresting Boxing Addict Full Member

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    This explains it better than I did.
     
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  10. robert ungurean

    robert ungurean Богдан Full Member

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    Norton catches him with the overhand right when Wilder steps in sloppily. Game over
     
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  11. Fuzzykat

    Fuzzykat Member Full Member

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    I think Wilder nails Norton and takes him out. Norton was the more talented guy, but I don't think he could have taken the power.
     
  12. Rocky Datsun

    Rocky Datsun New Member Full Member

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    To me the fight is close, mostly because Norton is moving forward throughout the fight and Wilder can’t load up. I have Norton winning via TKO and slightly ahead on the cards. Wilder gets an 8 count in the 11th and is stopped after he is downed again.
     
  13. PhillyPhan69

    PhillyPhan69 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    I like Norton more...but I don’t see him beating Wilder! I like Wilder to stop him between 5-8 or so.
     
  14. janitor

    janitor Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    You would have to favor Wilder.

    I might be skeptical of Wilder, but I am not skeptical of his power!
     
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  15. reznick

    reznick In the 7.2% Full Member

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    Wilder KO

    Norton doesn’t match up well against all time power punchers.