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

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 Ring ranked Holmes # 5 and Norton # 22 in "The 50 Greatest Heavyweights of All Time."

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