Ken Norton, 42-7-1, 33 KO’s was a world champion and a force in the heavyweight division during an era considered the best ever for that weight class. However, does being the fifth best fighter of the heavyweight division during the 1970’s make him a hall-of-famer though?
After playing at Northeast Missouri State on a football scholarship, Norton entered the Marines where he began to box. After compiling an amateur record of 24-2 and winning the All-Marine Heavyweight Championship three times. Norton won the U.S. trials for the 1967 Pan American Games; however, he was passed over for another heavyweight because his “crab-like” style was considered to be flawed for the international games.