What A Fight!
A Tremendous Comeback and Dramatic End.
#31 George Chuvalo 13-2-1 (13) vs. #37 Ken Norton 13-3-1 (10)
Most fans anticipate a short fight filled with numerous power punches and nobody is disappointed in the beginning round. Both fighters try to end the fight right away and the crowd goes wild. Rounds 2-4 continues on a fast and furious pace as both fighters throw heavy amounts of leather. No jabs here! Norton is throwing a greater volume of punches but Chuvalo is landed a higher amount and the quality of his power punches seems to be slowing Norton down. Norton seems to respond by taking the next two rounds, winning the 6th convincingly while hurting Chuvalo to the body. Looks like a pretty even fight so far. Norton lands a big body shot and Chuvalo goes to the canvas at with 2:13 remaining in the 8th round. Chuvalo gets up at the count of three but takes a tremendous amount of punishment, without response, to end the round. Norton seems to be controlling the fight after the big 8th round. Both fighters are starting to fatigue but it looks like Norton is ahead entering the 12th. Chuvalo’s eye seem to be closing and he seems inspired to try to finish the fight before the doctor steps in. Norton has a point deducted here in the 14th for holding and pushing down Chuvalo’s neck. The point deduction comes after two previous warnings. The bell for final round sounds and Norton seems to be ahead, even with the point deduction. But, OH! Norton goes down from a vicious cross with 2:41 left in the round. Norton barely gets up at the count of 9! Chuvalo lands a combination to the head and body and Norton goes down for the 2nd time with over two minutes still remaining. Norton is unable to get up and Chuvalo wins by (KO15) in the last round with 1:58 remaining. Norton was ahead on all 3 cards at the time of the KO. 132-131, 133-132, 134-129. Norton’s trainer is already demanding a rematch but it hardly seems likely at this time.
Last edited by btown32; 06-03-2007 at 10:04 AM.