Ken Norton vs. Jose Luis Garcia (2nd meeting)

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Ken Norton 218 lbs beat Jose Luis Garcia 213 lbs by KO at 1:50 in round 5 of 12

  • Date: 1975-08-14
  • Location: Civic Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
  • Referee: Dennis Nelson

Norton kayos Garcia in fifth

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Heavyweight challenger Ken Norton of San Diego, Calif., scored a fifth-round knockout over Jose Garcia Thursday night to remain in contention for a heavyweight championship fight sometime next spring.

Norton, who weighed in at 218 pounds, began to take command of the fight late in the second round and sent Garcia to the canvas in each of the next two rounds.

Norton did the most damage with body punches. He landed a vicious left in Garcia’s midsection to end the fight one minute and 50 seconds into the fifth round.

The victory avenged one of Norton’s three career defeats and brought him one step nearer to an April title match against the winner of next month’s Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier title bout.

The 213-pound Garcia, who now has a 26-8-1 record, knocked out Norton during a 1970 match. Garcia attempted to stay on the ropes, but the No. 3-ranked Norton overcame that strategy late in the second round, which was all against the ropes.


  • Garcia entered this bout as the Venezuelan Heavyweight Champion.
  • This bout was broadcast on the CBS Sports Spectacular show (see YouTube). The host of the show was Pat Summerall and the announcers were Angelo Dundee and Tom Brookshier.
  • Norton avenged his 1970 knockout loss to Garcia in this bout. After he was defeated by Garcia, Norton was given the book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, and it changed his life. From that point, Norton went on a fourteen fight winning streak that lasted over three years and culminated with his victory against Muhammad Ali. Norton told Tom Brookshier in the ring after the fight: "I'm a better fighter than I was 5 years ago."
  • To quote Norton from his 2000 autobiography, Go The Distance: "It had been more than five years since I suffered my first taste of defeat in losing to Garcia. In my subsequent 19 contests, I had gained immense knowledge and defeated some of boxing's finest competitors. I was a totally different fighter..." (Going the Distance, p. 101 by Ken Norton)

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