To The Winner Goes The Spoils


Sports Arena, San Diego, California
NABF Heavyweight Title

March 31, 1973


Ken Norton is held aloft while celebrating his shock upset win over Muhammad Ali.

Ken Norton (29-1-0, 23KO) wins the NABF Heavyweight title after defeating Muhammad Ali (41-1-0, 31KO) by split decision.

Ali was outmaneuvered by Norton’s unorthodox fighting style, which involved jabbing from below and using a cross armed guard for defense. At the final bell, Norton won on a split decision. Soon after the fight, Ali was treated in hospital for a broken jaw, an injury sustained in the last round of the contest.


“Imagine you have your jaw broken and have to fight ten more rounds.” – Muhammad Ali after the fight

Thanks to Roy Bennett of Vintage Boxing Archives




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