A Lesson in Manliness From The Ex-Marine: Ken Norton

In honor of the Marine Corps Birthday, here is a lesson in Manliness from a boxing match between  USMC Sports Hall of Fame inductee Ken Norton and Randy Stephens.

This bout took place on national TV on this very date in 1978. Ken Norton discussed this bout in his autobiography, Going the Distance. Norton had Stephens out on his feet. Stephens was staggered and Ken could see that he was hurt and about to go down. Norton could have thrown more punches, but instead he stopped punching and watched Stephens slowly fall to the canvas - the bout was stopped. Norton won by KO at 2:42 of the third. After the fight, Stephens manager thanked Norton for letting up on his boxer.

Norton deserves a sportsmanship award for this lesson in manliness. He was a credit to boxing and a man...a class act both in and out of the ring.

[Ken Norton-Randy Stephens Fight Page @ BoxRec]

 

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