Ken Norton vs. Larry Holmes

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1978-06-09 : Larry Holmes 209 lbs beat Ken Norton 220 lbs by SD in round 15 of 15

World Boxing Council Heavyweight Title


  • The Associated Press scored the bout 143-142 for Norton.
  • WBC Heavyweight Champion of the World Ken Norton was late in his prime for his first title defense vs. Larry Holmes, who was early in his peak.
  • Holmes-Norton is ranked as the 10th greatest heavyweight fight of all time by Monte D. Cox, a member of the International Boxing Research Organization (IBRO).
  • The September 1998 issue of The Ring magazine listed the final round of this bout as one of "The 12 Greatest Finishes of All Time."
  • After winning the title from Norton on a split-decision by one point, Holmes continued as World Heavyweight Champion until 1985.
  • Holmes is the second longest reigning World Heavyweight Champion in the history of boxing, behind Joe Louis.
  • The 1998 Holiday Issue of The Ring ranked Holmes # 5 and Norton # 22 in "The 50 Greatest Heavyweights of All Time."

Sources: The Ring-September 1998 and Holiday 1998, Data Boxing, Cox's Corner, BoxRec Boxing Encyclopedia

External Links

  • UPI - June 6, 1978 [1]
  • AP - June 9, 1978 [2]
  • AP - June 10, 1978 [3]
  • UPI - June 10, 1978 [4]