Muhammad Ali vs. Ken Norton III

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Muhammad Ali vs. Ken Norton III
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Date: 
Tuesday, September 28, 1976
Location: 
New York, NY
Rounds Scheduled: 
15
Contracted Weight: 
HW
Titles at Stake: 
WBA/WBC HW
Referee: 
Mercante

Official Judging
Mercante 144 - 142
Lederman 143 - 142
Smith 143 - 142

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One of the most controversial decisions in heavyweight championship history. According to Bill Beadle, after fourteen rounds, two judges had it dead even at 7-7 and Mercante (the ref) had it 7-6-1 Ali. Everyone gave the last round to Ali, although it could be debated who finished stronger. This was the last fight fought at the old Yankee Stadium--Ali was guaranteed a minimum of $6,000,000 and Norton $1,000,000.

(Scorecards converted from old round-scoring system to current ten-point must system)




Fan Cards: Muhammad Ali vs. Ken Norton III


scorecard by HAGLERGOAT
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
142
KEN NORTON
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
143


scorecard by THEICEMANJDOG
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
10
144
KEN NORTON
9
9
9
10
9
10
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
10
9
141


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
143
KEN NORTON
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
9
142


scorecard by NOCTISSOLID
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
141
KEN NORTON
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
145


scorecard by DOCSCORER
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
142
KEN NORTON
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
9
143


scorecard by MARK ELDING
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
9
10
9
10
10
9
9
9
142
KEN NORTON
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
144


scorecard by GOLD
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
143
KEN NORTON
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
142


scorecard by MATCHROOM
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
142
KEN NORTON
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
9
143


scorecard by NARUTO
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
9
9
10
144
KEN NORTON
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
9
9
10
10
9
141


scorecard by LEWGR10
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
9
9
141
KEN NORTON
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
10
144


scorecard by JTL
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
145
KEN NORTON
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
141


scorecard by LUKASZRPB
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
140
KEN NORTON
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
145


scorecard by RORSCHACH
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
9
9
10
144
KEN NORTON
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
9
9
10
10
9
141


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
144
KEN NORTON
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
141


scorecard by THEAIREDALE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
9
9
10
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
141
KEN NORTON
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
146


scorecard by MARTIN EDEN
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
143
KEN NORTON
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
145


scorecard by TALESFROMTHECRYPT
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
143
KEN NORTON
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
142


scorecard by MIKE25
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
143
KEN NORTON
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
142


scorecard by ACERBITAS
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
9
9
10
9
9
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
9
142
KEN NORTON
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
10
10
144


scorecard by SANDPEAT
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
144
KEN NORTON
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
143


scorecard by VOCK42
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
10
9
9
9
10
10
142
KEN NORTON
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
9
9
143


scorecard by PPF
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
9
9
10
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
143
KEN NORTON
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
9
142


scorecard by COREY WILLINGER
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
9
9
10
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
143
KEN NORTON
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
142


scorecard by NAGABILLY
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
9
10
141
KEN NORTON
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
10
10
145


scorecard by ZAC.RJ
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
MUHAMMAD ALI
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
142
KEN NORTON
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
10
9
10
143


Comments

rorschach's picture

Ali proves once and for all that while Norton will always be a tough fight for Muhammad stylistically, that Ali even well past his prime will always defeat Ken Norton. Had Ali winning all 3 fights, the 1st & 3rd being very close with the second being 8 rounds to 4 Ali.

rorschach's picture

Eh, a little closer then I thought, still 9 rounds to 6 Ali is a clear victory imo.

Tank Abbott's picture

People are kidding themselves here, Ali never beat norton. All 3 fights he was outboxed. A blind man could've told you Norton won the third fight just based off the sound his bodyshots to Ali made. Styles make fights and Nortons style was perfect for Ali. Same thing happened to Holmes. Holmes was younger and Norton was well worn, yet I had norton winning by one round. Nortons crumpled under punchers, but nobody outboxed him.

Champion97's picture

That's silly isn't it? Scoring with your ears....
Styles make fights, but it is more about the clash of styles making the fight a certain sort of fight, as well as one style being particularly bad for another.
Ali outboxed him at times, when he was landing that jab, using his feet, Norton's shots were out of range, and Ali was landing thise clean combinations, he was outboxing him.

Ali beat Norton twice, both very close fights, especially this one, but a win is a win, and Ali beat Norton twice.

Champion97's picture

Awesome fight.
Hard fight to score, that 3rd round was very tough to score.

I thought Ali deserved the decision, again, close, but Ali, maybe just having the edge nicking that crucial round or two by doing slightly more clean work. In my opinion, Ali could have done better in both Norton fights, definitely this one, Norton was great, but I think Ali was better, and more thanjust ever so slightly better, so these fights maybe didn't have to be so close, not saying Ali could have made them one sided, definitely couldn't win nearly every round and stop it being competitive, but maybe the odd round or two, I think there was some wasteful movement from him at times, and in that round with all that stupid dancing when he was on the ropes, when he didn't do anything, just giving a round up, being stupid, he wasn't working himself hard, it was a conservative tactic, but he wasn't making Norton work either. Ali's offenisve ability was exceptional, when he exchanged with Norton, even when the puncher in the fight was landing with more power, Ali was landing with that hand speed, but the variety, accuracy, brilliant offensive ability. I think although it was hard to get Ali on the ropes, once he was there, you could just chop away at the body, Norton and Frazier did, hurt him as well, knocked a lot out of him, but Ali, adaptable, still found a way to grind out a narrow win over Norton again.

I think Joe Louis would have beaten Ali, but I think Ali, on his day, would have beaten any other heavyweight in history.