Muhammad Ali Reclaims Heavyweight Title With 12-Round Split Decision – September 10, 1973 (This Day In Boxing History)

After a 12-round brawl, Muhammad Ali topped the No. 1 ranked contender.

Ali (56-5, 37 KOs) reclaimed the North American Boxing Federation heavyweight title over Ken Norton in front of a crowd of 12,1000 in California. This was the second of three meetings for the two boxers.

In the first meeting, Norton broke Ali’s jaw and claimed victory with a split decision. But in this meeting, Ali edged his way to the majority of the judges’ favor.

Ali and Norton would meet again three years later, but “The Greatest” was able to retain his title.

“Ken Norton is a best man I have ever fought,” Ali said after the fight.

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