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    1976 Muhammad Ali vs. Ken Norton III Official Judges' Scorecards.
    "It was crazy, you've never seen anything like it," said Bob Arum, the fight promoter. "Pockets being picked, watches ripped off." This third meeting of Heavyweight legends Ali and Norton found New York City in the midst of a police strike that turned the scene outside Yankee Stadium into something resembling the fall of Rome, as roving gangs of hoodlums preyed upon the fans brave enough to step off the subway. Nearly a third of ticket holders simply turned around and headed back home. The 108 ticket sellers manning kiosks outside the House That Ruth Built sold just ten tickets to walk-ups in total. "It was anarchy," said Jerry Izenberg of the Newark Star-Ledger. "It was a disgraceful evening."

    Sharing that opinion, but for a decidedly different reason, was Ken Norton, who outshone the Champion and eight-to-five favorite Ali in every CompuBox statistic and yet fell to a unanimous decision. Boxing Monthly magazine rates the contest as the fifth most disputed title fight decision in history, and while Ali endorsed the ruling publicly, he admitted to Mark Cronin in October of 1976, "Kenny's style is too difficult for me. I can't beat him, and I sure don't want to fight him again. I honestly thought he beat me in Yankee Stadium, but the judges gave it to me, and I'm grateful to them."

    Here are those controversial cards, executed by the men who were arguably the most respected fight judges of their era--Arthur Mercante, Barney Smith, and Harold Lederman. Each document exhibits a degree of light wear appropriate for its service, but no distractions of consequence. They are matted and framed above a facsimile fight poster in miniature to final dimensions of 27x23". Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

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