Larry Holmes vs Ken Norton (June 9, 1978,)
In his first defense of the WBC title , Norton and new #1 contender Larry Holmes met in a classic fight. After 15 brutal rounds, Holmes was awarded the title via an extremely close split decision. The three judges’ cards were as follows: 143-142 for Holmes, 143-142 for Holmes and 143-142 for Norton. The March 2001 edition of The Ring magazine listed the final round of the Holmes-Norton bout as the 7th most exciting round in boxing history.