Ken Norton vs. Pedro Lovell

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Lovell lands a right against Norton

Ken Norton 220 lbs beat Pedro Lovell 208 lbs by TKO at 1:40 in round 5 of 12

  • Date: 1976-01-10
  • Location: Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • Referee: Ferd Hernandez


  • CBS televised the fight.
  • Lovell played Spider Rico in the 1976 film Rocky. Coincidentally, Ken Norton was initially going to play the part of Apollo Creed, but the part went to Carl Weathers after Norton pulled out to participate in the ABC sports competition show The Superstars. Lovell made a return appearance as Spider Rico in the 2006 sequel Rocky Balboa.
  • The Associated Press reported: "Referee Ferd Hernandez stopped the nationally televised fight at 1:40 of the fifth round after a smashing right to the head buckled LoveLl's legs and caused him to turn his back on Norton. Lovell held his own in the first three rounds, scoring well with a left jab and sending home an occasional hard right. Then Norton, pushing his career record to 35-3, almost took Lovell out in the fourth round. He staggered his opponent with a left uppercut to the chin in a neutral corner, and then pushed Lovell to the center of the ring, continuing to land shots to the head. As the bell sounded to end the round, Lovell walked slowly back to his corner. In the fifth round, Lovell's speed seemed gone as Norton quickly resumed his relentless attack."