It's been awhile but I'm finally back with my 3rd edition of a series I started about a month or so back. I decided to watch, or re-watch some of the most contentious decisions in boxing history. In my first I did perhaps the biggest of them all, Hagler vs Leonard. I scored it 115-113 for Hagler. And then I did Whitaker vs De La Hoya. Which I believe I scored 115-112 Whitaker. Either way, it was for Whitaker. Now I am going to do one which has garnered some steam in the comments. Larry Holmes vs Ken Norton on June 9, 1978 from Caesars Palace for the WBC Heavyweight Championship. This is my first 15 rounder I've done so let's get ready to roll. Remember to comment on the fight and fights you'd like to seen done which I'll do relatively quickly since I've missed 3 weeks. Let's do it
Round 1 - 10-9 Holmes
Holmes won it with his speed and the jab. Very good jab kept Norton away and he landed the bigger shots including a few straight right hands
Round 2 - 10-9 Holmes, 20-18
Wow. What a round for Holmes. Led with the jab and hit Norton with everything else. Uppercuts, right hooks, a short left hook, and a few nice combos. Dominant round.
Round 3 - 10-9 Holmes, 30-27
Norton improved late throwing the jab but Holmes' hand speed was the difference maker. Great left jab and a few solid power shots won the round.
Round 4 - 10-9 Holmes, 40-36
Holmes was just beating Norton to the punch. Kept him off with that grea tlead left jab and landed 3-4 sharp counter right hands. Norton just wasn't able to get off and it's another round for Larry Holmes.
Round 5 - 10-9 Holmes, 50-45
Norton came alive early landing a left hook but the rest of the round saw Holmes keeping Norton away with the jab and landing some big counter rights and right hooks.
Round 6 - 10-9 Norton, 59-55 Holmes
I thought long and hard about this one. But it was very close and Norton's best round. He nicks it. He started to block more from Holmes and landed 2-3 big shots as well.
Round 7 - 10-9 Norton, 68-65 Holmes
Norton sneaked it late. Landed a sharp combo to the body and a left and right to the head. Holmes was moving well but Norton started to block more of Holmes' jabs and he won the round.
Round 8 - 10-9 Norton, 77-75 Holmes
Great round. Both traded big shots. But this was a Norton round. He got Holmes against the ropes, cut the ring off, and hit some good combos inside. Holmes jab was decreasing in effect and Norton's was increasing as well.
Round 9 - 10-9 Norton, 86-85 Holmes
Norton wins this purely on big shots. He landed 3-4 huge right hands. Was walking through the Holmes jab and landing some major right hooks.
Round 10 - 10-9 Norton, 95-95
Norton was setting the pace. Coming forward, doubling, tripling up the jab and was controlling the round. He wins a close one.
Round 11 - 10-9 Norton, 105-104
Holmes just wasn't active. The whole round he backed up and backed up and threw a jab. That was running. Norton came forward and landed some big shots to win the round. 6 rounds in a row from Norton on my card.
Round 12 - 10-9 Holmes, 114-114
Holmes was more aggressive this around. Was standing and landing some good counter shots and his jab was far better and efficient. In a 12 round fight, I'd of had it a draw.
Round 13 - 10-9 Holmes, 124-123
Clear round from Holmes. He looked sharper and wasn't backing up and running like Round 11. He stood there, let Norton come, countered him, and then went forward himself and threw bombs in there. At least 10 big right hands. and I was shocked Norton didn't go down.
Round 14 - 10-9 Norton, 133-133
Close round. Really close. Norton looked dead tired and Holmes was backing up on his feet but Norton nicks it on bigger shots
Round 15 - 10-9 Holmes, 143-142
What a round. One of the best I've ever seen. Norton was sustaining the pressure and bigger shots till late where a big Holmes rally, including staggering Norton won him the fight for me.
Final Scorecard: 143-142 Larry Holmes
That was a terrific fight. Great fight. Holmes controlled it early with the jab and Norton just wasn't getting off. Norton picked it up from Rounds 6-11 with his jab and some very sharp combos. The last 4 rounds were just back and forth affairs won mainly by who landed the bigger shots. Over the course of the fight it was Larry Holmes and that's why I give him the slight nod on my scorecard in a absolutely terrific fight.
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