George Foreman vs. Ken Norton

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1974-03-26 : George Foreman 224¾ lbs beat Ken Norton 212¾ lbs by TKO at 2:00 in round 2 of 15

Notes

  • Foreman was a 3 to 1 favorite.
  • Norton was knocked down three times.
  • The fight had originally been set for Caracas on the basis that all taxes would be waived. But the night before the match, Hank Schwartz, vice-president of Video Techniques, the theater-TV outfit that beamed the fight out into the world, was handed a government memo saying that some taxes would be assessed. The next afternoon, Aldemaro Romero, who managed the Poliedro fight arena, assured Schwartz that the tax problem had been solved, that the Poliedro would put up a tax bond. The day after the fight, the government insisted on collecting its full 18% of the purses guaranteed to the fighters ($700,000 for Foreman and $200,000 for Norton). To enforce the demand, Venezuelan authorities stopped the fighters at the airport and said they couldn't leave the country until they had posted bonds for the tax money. Norton was able to leave on March 29, but Foreman wasn't able to leave until April 2. Foreman was finally allowed to leave after paying $300,000 to the Venezuelan government. The fight became known as "The Caracas Caper."
  • The 1998 Holiday Issue of The Ring ranked Foreman #4 and Norton #22 on the list The 50 Greatest Heavyweights of All Time.

Newspaper Articles

  • AP - March 25, 1974 [1]
  • AP - March 26, 1974 [2]
  • AP - March 27, 1974 [3]
  • New York Times Service - March 26, 1974 [4]
  • Sports Illustrated - April 8, 1974 [5]