Modern Classics: Holmes-Norton

By: Sean Crose There are underrated fighters and then there are really underrated fighters. Ken Norton and Larry Holmes are vastly underrated fighters. The late Norton's name belongs aside those of his ferocious peers, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and Ken Norton. As for Holmes, let's just say some people of note argue he, not Ali, may have been the single greatest heavyweight champion of the world. Other experts put him in the top five. Fortunately, the reputations of these two fighters are finally being elevated to their proper status. There may be a long way to go before they get the full credit they deserve, but the names of Holmes and Norton are enduring while others fade into obscurity. This has more than a little to do with their classic WBC world title bout, which was fought on June 9th, 1978 in Las Vegas. Norton, the defending champion, won his belt by default after Leon Spinks gave it away to have a rematch with Ali. To some, however, Norton probably deserved the title anyway. Although he had lost two of three bouts to Ali, it seemed to many that Norton had been a victim of Ali's popularity more than he was the man's famed skill in the ring. As for Holmes, the Pennsylvania native was the WBC's number one ranked contender at the time. By previously besting the legendary Ernie Shavers, Holmes had elevated himself to "force to be reckoned with" status. Having sparred with the likes of Ali, and Frazier certainly hadn't hurt the man's progress, either. This being the 1970's, the bout with Norton was aired live on network television. Needless to say, viewers at home got more than they could have hoped for. Ali was still the prime attraction in boxing, but Holmes and Norton went out and absolutely commanded attention. This fight was so incredibly close that at the end of 14 rounds, the match was even. Norton's incredible conditioning, coupled with an awkward stance played perfectly against Holmes' soon to be world famous jab. As for the 15th and final round, it's not hyperbole to say it was one of the best three minutes of combat in boxing's long history. The brawl went back and forth at an incredible pace until the final bell ended the 45 minutes of combat. Holmes' ended up walking away with the title by virtue of a razor thin decision, and fans ended up with an instant classic. The post Modern Classics: Holmes-Norton appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Modern Classics: Holmes-Norton

By: Sean Crose

There are underrated fighters and then there are really underrated fighters. Ken Norton and Larry Holmes are vastly underrated fighters. The late Norton's name belongs aside those of his ferocious peers, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and Ken Norton. As for Holmes, let's just say some people of note argue he, not Ali, may have been the single greatest heavyweight champion of the world. Other experts put him in the top five. Fortunately, the reputations of these two fighters are finally being elevated to their proper status. There may be a long way to go before they get the full credit they deserve, but the names of Holmes and Norton are enduring while others fade into obscurity.

This has more than a little to do with their classic WBC world title bout, which was fought on June 9th, 1978 in Las Vegas. Norton, the defending champion, won his belt by default after Leon Spinks gave it away to have a rematch with Ali. To some, however, Norton probably deserved the title anyway. Although he had lost two of three bouts to Ali, it seemed to many that Norton had been a victim of Ali's popularity more than he was the man's famed skill in the ring.

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As for Holmes, the Pennsylvania native was the WBC's number one ranked contender at the time. By previously besting the legendary Ernie Shavers, Holmes had elevated himself to "force to be reckoned with" status. Having sparred with the likes of Ali, and Frazier certainly hadn't hurt the man's progress, either. This being the 1970's, the bout with Norton was aired live on network television. Needless to say, viewers at home got more than they could have hoped for. Ali was still the prime attraction in boxing, but Holmes and Norton went out and absolutely commanded attention.

This fight was so incredibly close that at the end of 14 rounds, the match was even. Norton's incredible conditioning, coupled with an awkward stance played perfectly against Holmes' soon to be world famous jab. As for the 15th and final round, it's not hyperbole to say it was one of the best three minutes of combat in boxing's long history. The brawl went back and forth at an incredible pace until the final bell ended the 45 minutes of combat. Holmes' ended up walking away with the title by virtue of a razor thin decision, and fans ended up with an instant classic.

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Keith Thurman Vs. Shawn Porter II Reportedly Could Be Next

By: Hans Themistode With a close contest in June of 2016, there was always a belief that both Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter would do it again. Now, according to reports, they’ll have a chance to do just that. As first reported by Mike Coppinger of The Athletic, a rematch between the pair is currently being discussed. Part two of their back and forth first showdown would seemingly take place in the fall later on this year. In June of 2016, Thurman beat Porter by identical 115-113 scores on all three judges' scorecards. Shortly after, Thurman would go on to defeat Danny Garcia by split decision to unify titles in the welterweight division. But while Thurman was considered by most as the man to beat, his career took off in the wrong direction. Following his win over Garcia, Thurman would spend close to two years on the sidelines due to various injuries. He would eventually come back to outpoint borderline contender Josesito Lopez in January of 2019. Although he appeared rusty, Thurman pressed forward with his career and would land a mega showdown against Manny Pacquiao in July of 2019. Thurman would hit the canvas in the first round of said contest but would rally back. His second-half surge wasn't enough, however, as Pacquiao handed him the first defeat of his career and stripped him of his WBA welterweight title. After the loss, the injury bug bit him once again as he hasn’t been seen in the ring due to a hand injury. While the stock of Thurman has seemingly taken a hit, Porter’s couldn’t be any higher. The Cleveland Ohio, native went on to reel off four wins in a row, including a title winning effort against Danny Garcia and a single title defense against the highly-rated Yordenis Ugas. In an attempt to unify titles against Errol Spence Jr., Porter fell just short of doing so via split decision in September of 2019. Brushing that loss aside, Porter picked up a wide decision win against fringe contender Sebastian Formella in August of 2020. Although a rematch with Thurman is something that Porter has always craved, the former two-time welterweight champion was adamant in taking on current WBO belt holder, Terence Crawford. Yet, after negotiations behind the scenes broke down, Porter stated that he was putting Crawford in the rearview mirror to chase other matchups. While nothing is official just yet, with neither man having a fight currently booked, we could be on our way to seeing them match up in the ring once more. The post Keith Thurman Vs. Shawn Porter II Reportedly Could Be Next appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Keith Thurman Vs. Shawn Porter II Reportedly Could Be Next

By: Hans Themistode

With a close contest in June of 2016, there was always a belief that both Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter would do it again. Now, according to reports, they’ll have a chance to do just that.

As first reported by Mike Coppinger of The Athletic, a rematch between the pair is currently being discussed. Part two of their back and forth first showdown would seemingly take place in the fall later on this year.

In June of 2016, Thurman beat Porter by identical 115-113 scores on all three judges' scorecards. Shortly after, Thurman would go on to defeat Danny Garcia by split decision to unify titles in the welterweight division. But while Thurman was considered by most as the man to beat, his career took off in the wrong direction.

Following his win over Garcia, Thurman would spend close to two years on the sidelines due to various injuries. He would eventually come back to outpoint borderline contender Josesito Lopez in January of 2019. Although he appeared rusty, Thurman pressed forward with his career and would land a mega showdown against Manny Pacquiao in July of 2019. Thurman would hit the canvas in the first round of said contest but would rally back. His second-half surge wasn't enough, however, as Pacquiao handed him the first defeat of his career and stripped him of his WBA welterweight title. After the loss, the injury bug bit him once again as he hasn’t been seen in the ring due to a hand injury.

While the stock of Thurman has seemingly taken a hit, Porter’s couldn’t be any higher. The Cleveland Ohio, native went on to reel off four wins in a row, including a title winning effort against Danny Garcia and a single title defense against the highly-rated Yordenis Ugas.

In an attempt to unify titles against Errol Spence Jr., Porter fell just short of doing so via split decision in September of 2019. Brushing that loss aside, Porter picked up a wide decision win against fringe contender Sebastian Formella in August of 2020.

Although a rematch with Thurman is something that Porter has always craved, the former two-time welterweight champion was adamant in taking on current WBO belt holder, Terence Crawford. Yet, after negotiations behind the scenes broke down, Porter stated that he was putting Crawford in the rearview mirror to chase other matchups.

While nothing is official just yet, with neither man having a fight currently booked, we could be on our way to seeing them match up in the ring once more.

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