Larry Holmes vs Ken Norton - Round 15 | June 9, 1978 |





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Published on Feb 26, 2012

Ken Norton vs. Larry Holmes
World Boxing Council Heavyweight Title
June 9, 1978

Larry Holmes 209 lbs beat Ken Norton 220 lbs by SD in round 15 of 15
Location: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Referee: Mills Lane

Judge: Harold Buck 143-142
Judge: Joe Swessel 143-142
Judge: Lou Tabat 142-143

Promoter: Don King

*The Associated Press scored the bout 143-142 for Norton.

*WBC Heavyweight Champion of the World Ken Norton was late in his prime for his first title defense vs. Larry Holmes, who was early in his peak.

*Holmes-Norton is ranked as the 10th greatest heavyweight fight of all time by Monte D. Cox, a member of the International Boxing Research Organization (IBRO).

*The September 1998 issue of The Ring magazine listed the final round of this bout as one of "The 12 Greatest Finishes of All Time."

*After winning the title from Norton on a split-decision by one point, Holmes continued as World Heavyweight Champion until 1985.

*Holmes is the second longest reigning World Heavyweight Champion in the history of boxing, behind Joe Louis.

*The 1998 Holiday Issue of The Ring ranked Holmes # 5 and Norton # 22 in "The 50 Greatest Heavyweights of All Time."

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