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42 years ago

Ken Norton vs Larry Holmes

Ken Norton vs Larry Holmes

Date: 9th June 1978

Venue: Caesars Palace, Sports Pavilion, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Title: WBC World Heavyweight Title

Promoted by: Don King Productions

Tv: ABC Sports

Ken Norton
( 40 - 4 - 0 )
Weight: 220 lbs

Larry Holmes
( 27 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 209 lbs


In one of the greatest heavyweight title fights, Holmes takes Norton's WBC world heavyweight title on a split 15 round decision in front of a sellout crowd of 5,600 at Caesars Palace, Sports Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Scores: Harold Buck 143-142 | Joe Swessel 143-142 | Lou Tabat 142-143.

Norton had been elevated to WBC champion after winning a final eliminator against Jimmy Young and then Leon Spinks's decision to fight a rematch with Muhammad Ali instead of his No1 contender (Norton).

Ironically, Norton became the only heavyweight champion in history never to win a world title fight.

Ken Norton vs Larry Holmes