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Boxing – WBC Heavyweight Title – Champ Larry Holmes VS Ken Norton

DOG COMMENTARY:

I have watched so much video in my life….with boxing being what I watched mostly….cuz I just love the beautiful and violent art of boxing….it is a violent ballet of footwork and leverage….holding a sports similarity to the game of chess….with a lot of point,counterpoint…move, countermove going on….with a whole bunch of setting up for the next move….as boxing even adds “combinations” into the equation.

Of all the fight I have seen….many over and over….I have to honestly say that this is one of the very best….if not the best “from first bell to last” of them all. I will always be of the opinion that if boxing…if you are going to take the Champ’s belt….you have got to TAKE IT from him….and in my Sportsphile opinion…that means KO or TKO….there is no question who won the fight…it isn’t left up to conjecture or suppositions.

I said all of that to say this….the judges of this world heavyweight championship got it right !!!!!….that’s period, exclamation point…however, it is sad for me to say as a Sportsphile….that some seven (7) years later…the night that Larry Holmes should have tied The Easton Assassin with equal boxing legend Rocky Marciano….the light heavyweight champion of the world did not beat Larry Holmes….he might have landed more punches….been more aggressive….took it too the Champ….but he didn’t beat the Champ in the way this Sportsphile thinks….and Michael Spinks did not TAKE the heavyweight championship that night.

Getting back to this fight….it pits one super great heavyweight boxer against one legendary heavyweight boxer….and the super great Ken Norton…..proves once again why he deserves to be in that category….cuz he took it to Holmes….but he didn’t TAKE the belt….but oh my God Dog….what a riveting awesome fight this was.  

 

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