Muhammad Ali vs. Ken Norton (2nd meeting)

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Ali lands a right against Norton.

Muhammad Ali 212 lbs beat Ken Norton 205 lbs by SD in round 12 of 12

  • Unofficial AP scorecard: 6-5 Norton
  • Unofficial UPI scorecard: 9-2 Ali
  • Unofficial LB Independent scorecard: 8-4 Ali
  • Unofficial Pasadena Star-News scorecards (2 reporters covering the fight): 7-5 Norton and 7-5 Ali
  • Unofficial ringside poll of sportswriters: 8 scored it for Ali, 6 scored it for Norton, and 1 scored it even
  • NABF Heavyweight Title (1st defense by Norton)
  • See Also:
    Muhammad Ali vs. Ken Norton (1st meeting)
    Muhammad Ali vs. Ken Norton (3rd meeting)


  • Ali was a 12 to 5 favorite.
  • Norton was the #1 ranked contender and Ali was ranked #2.
  • Ali was guaranteed $275,000 against 35% of all income from the fight, which was shown on closed circuit TV to 255 locations in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. Norton was guaranteed $200,000 against 30%.
  • The gate was $548,400 with a paid attendance of 12,100.


  • "Ken Norton is a best man I have ever fought." - Muhammad Ali after the fight

Newspaper Articles

  • "Ken the conqueror" By Jim Murray, Los Angeles Times, August 7, 1973 [1]
  • "Ken Norton in Best Shape Ever for Ali" By Jack Stevenson, AP, September 5, 1973 [2]
  • "Norton: You've Got To Be Boss In Ring" By Ken Norton, AP, Sept. 6, 1973 [3]
  • "Grim Ali predicts knockout victory" UPI, September 6, 1973 [4]
  • "Norton Best Foe" AP, September 11, 1973 [5]

Preceded by:
Ali vs. Norton I
NABF Heavyweight Title Fight
# 11
Succeeded by:
Ali vs. Frazier II