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.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
What happens when the unstoppable force meets the unmoveable object? Let me re-phrase that. What would have happened if Joe Frazier and Ron Lyle would have hooked up in the mid 1970s?
It is too bad that this fight was never made. It was discussed on occasions but to the best of my knowledge no serious talks ever took place. What a shame. This would have been a thrill a minute battle for the fans. Each boxer had the tools and the style to offset the others skills.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Ring Magazine the “Bible of Boxing” recently came out with their top fifty heavyweights of the glove era. Ranked 40th on that list was a boxer who fought during the talent rich 70’s. He was a main stream contender for nearly a decade. He fought “The Greatest” for the title and more then held his own until being stopped in round eleven. He had “Big” George Foreman on the canvas twice before succumbing to George’s power in probably the best heavyweight fight in the last thirty years. His all action shoot out with Earnie Shavers would be a strong runner up. His name, Ron Lyle.