History | Mar 31 2018

Beating Ali

45 years ago today we saw a huge heavyweight upset and the birth of an intense rivalry writes James Slater. Is Ali versus Norton an omen then for Joshua-Parker?
Muhammad Ali

MUHAMMAD ALI and Ken Norton, who fought three engrossing battles over a three-year spell, have both left us; Norton passing away in September of 2013, Ali passing away in June of 2016. The three times Norton fought Ali, fans saw Ali pushed to the absolute limit. The first bout in the trilogy took place 45 years ago today and for the first of three times, the great Ali found out how rough, tough, skilled and relentless Norton really was.

For despite his speed (even in his early 30s), his balance, his grace and his other numerous qualities, Ali was never able to get to grips with the “awkward” style (a term Norton himself disliked, as he said it suggested he was unskilled) of Norton.

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