Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday Larry Holmes vs Ken Norton

I remember watching this fight rooting for Holmes. I knew little of Holmes and his skills other than he was a sparring partner of Muhammad Ali. Norton had lost twice to Ali in two hotly controversial decisions, yet was crowned the WBC champion when Leon Spinks beat Ali for his title and 6 months laterContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday Larry Holmes vs Ken Norton”

Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday..Larry Holmes vs Gerry Cooney

There was a lot of bad blood leading up to this fight. Cooney was the number 1 contender and Boxing next great white hope, Larry Holmes was the heavyweight champion. Holmes was fighting for respect and to be recognized as the great champion that he was. Holmes had the displeasure of coming on the heelsContinue reading “Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday..Larry Holmes vs Gerry Cooney”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Earnie Shavers vs. Ken Norton

Ken Norton was best known for handing Muhammad Ali his second defeat of his Boxing career and often gave Ali fits in their 3 battles but just like his style gave Ali fits …Norton’s style never seemed to match up well with sluggers like George Foreman, Gerry Cooney and Earnie Shavers. The fight vs ShaversContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Earnie Shavers vs. Ken Norton”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Gerry Cooney

Gerry Cooney or also known as Gentleman Gerry was a knockout artist who wasn’t a head hunter, instead he was a body snatcher meaning the ribs, chest or stomach was fair game to him. He was a southpaw whose fighting style is best described as unpolished and had a weak chin. He didn’t cover upContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Gerry Cooney”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Mike Weaver

Nicknamed Hercules by Ken Norton for his rock solid physique, Mike Weaver won by the knock out and lost by the Knockout. He is best known for his Knockout wins over John Tate, Carl the Truth Williams , Gerrie Coetzee¬†and his knock out losses to Larry Holmes, Michael Dokes and Pinklon Thomas. In late 1978Continue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Mike Weaver”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …John Tate

John Tate was a boxer who held the World Boxing Association version of the World Heavyweight Championship from October 1979 to March 1980, losing the title in his first defense. Tate loss his title to Mike Weaver ..Tate who was ahead through out the fight and was winning going into the last round …was knockedoutContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …John Tate”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Earnie Shavers

He was called the hardest puncher of all time and that was saying alot about the man called Earine (the Acorn) Shavers. Joe Fraizer, George Foreman, Ken Norton and Larry Holmes had made their reps as being hard punchers, but Shavers was a class above that. It was like getting in the ring with aContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Earnie Shavers”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Larry Holmes : The Easton Assassin

His heavyweight reign was overshadowed by the spectre of Muhammad Ali and was the prelude to Mike Tyson rise as a future heavyweight. Larry Holmes was the Rodney Dangerfield of Boxing…he got no respect, he wasn’t Ali … even Sugar Ray Leonard in the lower weight classes got more attention and way more respect, inContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Larry Holmes : The Easton Assassin”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Ken Norton

Ken Norton was a solid heavyweight never to win the Heavyweight title in the ring. He was a match up problem for Muhammad Ali. Styles make fights and Norton’s style made for tough fights for Ali. Three fights in all. Only the last of their trilogy was for the heavyweight title. Which Ali won byContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Ken Norton”