1976-09-28 Muhammad Ali w pts 15 Ken Norton, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1976-09-28 Muhammad Ali w pts 15 Ken Norton, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Arthur Mercante. Scorecards: 8-7, 8-7, 8-6. Putting his title on the line against a man who he had already won and lost to was always going to be a gamble for Ali, but it was one he was prepared to take. There was never much between them, both being caught by jarring blows to the head, but after ten rounds it looked as though Norton was out in front due to him getting off more punches and coming forward for much of the time. With his title now well and truly at risk Ali made his run for home during the last five rounds, and while he did most of the better work during that period it did not look like he had done enough to save his crown as far as the ringsiders were concerned.