Monday, August 20, 2007
Several years ago the very personable and popular Ken Norton was enshrined in Boxing’s Hall of Fame. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. I met Ken a couple of years back in Canastota. His rapport with the fans and his willingness to mingle and sign autographs endeared him to the crowd.
Being an ambassador for boxing is one thing and being a Hall of Fame caliber boxer is another. After watching Jimmy Bivins wait for years to be rightfully inducted it made me wonder what the qualifications really are.
Does Ken really deserve to be enshrined? Let’s examine his career.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
It should have happened. It could have happened. Ken Norton and Ron Lyle, two have the best heavyweights of the “Glorious 70s” era could have created quite a stir if they would have met. By 1973 Ron was an upcoming, undefeated prospect while Norton was already a contender due to his win over clever Henry Clark. In February of 1973 Lyle made his Madison Square Garden debut and was taken to school by veteran tough guy Jerry Quarry. One month later Norton shocked the world when he broke Muhammad Ali’s jaw and scored a well deserved upset decision.