Would Ken Norton be a champ today?

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  1. Eye of Timaeus

    Eye of Timaeus Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I think he would be very successful. Thoughts?
     
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    swagdelfadeel Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Charlietf Well-Known Member Full Member

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  4. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven Obsessed with Boxing banned Full Member

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    Very possibly, yes.
     
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  5. Eye of Timaeus

    Eye of Timaeus Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Why not?
     
  6. Charlietf

    Charlietf Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Knocked out by joshua ,wilder and probably stopped by tko by Fury . I can see the fat but fast ruiz knocking him out too, ruiz hits pretty hard and i don't know how would take this power the chin of Norton.
     
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  7. Charlietf

    Charlietf Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Because he would not beat wilder,joshua or Fury
     
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  8. Boxing2019

    Boxing2019 If you want peace, prepare war. Full Member

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    His static defensive style wouldnt allow him.
     
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  9. Jackomano

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    This.
     
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  10. 88Chris05

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    If you dropped him in amongst the division now, he'd probably be a titlist at some point, but never the proper champion. He could fill that role that Parker has filled these past few years, or maybe a John Ruiz kind of career from 2000 - 2005. A beneficiary of boxing politics which sees a spare belt going most of the time, and good enough to win that spare trinket or rack up a couple of defences here and there, but never a serious candidate to be top dog.

    His record against aggressive, genuine knockout punchers doesn't make for pretty reading. Having one of them around the same division as him is problematic enough for him, but two in the shape of Wilder and Joshua? Bad news. Stylistically he has a better shot at Fury but even then he's an underdog. More than good enough to beat the likes of Parker, Ortiz, Pulev etc. but that would be his level, I think.
     
  11. choklab

    choklab cocoon of horror Full Member

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    I think Roy Tiger Williams and Leroy Jones would be heavyweight champions today.

    Most super heavyweight sized former contenders & title challengers would win a belt today too. Buddy Baer....Abe Simon... Hein Ten Hoff all of them would be more successful today.
     
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  12. Charlietf

    Charlietf Well-Known Member Full Member

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    And the funny thing is that this trash comment maybe will get some thumbs up
     
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  13. Flash24

    Flash24 Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Wilder can't fight, Joshua quit in a fight, and usually gassed after 5rds.
    Yes Norton would be a champ in this era of watered down boxing.
    The one I don't see him beating is Fury believe it or not...
     
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  14. choklab

    choklab cocoon of horror Full Member

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    Ken was a good athlete. If he was around now he would build himself into the same kind of 6’3” artificial body builders we see today.
     
  15. greynotsoold

    greynotsoold Boxing Addict Full Member

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    What do you mean by that?