Ken Norton, the undisputed number one contender for Muhammad Ali's world heavyweight crown, wants the World Boxing Council (WBC) to honour its commitments by getting Ali to defend the title against him.
GV INTERIOR: 13th WBC convention in progress
SV: Asian delegates
SV: African delegates
SV: European delegates
LV: meeting in progress.
SV: American promoter Don King raises arm of Ken Norton.
CU: Norton speaks
CU: World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman of Mexico speaks.
NORTON: "Well, basically I'm not making a claim on the title, I'm making a claim on the statement that the man said, that the WBC states that, you know, that they would make Ali flight me or fight the winner of the Norton-Young fight. In this, Ali made the fight, because he stated that he couldn't fight both, that he would fight you know, the winner of the Norton Young fight . As I was the victor of the fight he should fight me. The WBC stated that if Ali did not fight me they would remove the title, and that I would become the champion. WBC champion. And Ali was given 'X amount of days to fight me after the Young-Norton fight. And I felt the WBC is a very honourable organisation, and they should honour their commitment. And I think Ali is an honourable man, and he should also honour his commitment."
SULAIMAN: "During May, the World Boxing Council ordered the elimination of Norton and Young to find the official contender to the title. Norton won the fight, and now the World Boxing Council is going to discuss the way of asking Muhammad Ali to comply with the commitments of the regulations. We have not arrived at a decision. We listened to Ken Norton's words today, and we will be informing the world, the boxing world, of our decision by next Friday."
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Background: Ken Norton, the undisputed number one contender for Muhammad Ali's world heavyweight crown, wants the World Boxing Council (WBC) to honour its commitments by getting Ali to defend the title against him. Norton, speaking on Wednesday (30 November) at the WBC's annual convention in Madrid, said that before he beat Jimmy Young in their recent final eliminator, Ali promised to meet the winner. The champion, however, seems in no hurry to do this. The WBC ordered him to defend against Norton by December the 31st, but Ali has gone ahead and arranged to meet 13th ranked Leon Spinks on February the 15th. Now WBC President Jose Sulaiman of Mexico has urged Ali to either defend against Norton or 'retire from boxing in triumph."
SYNOPSIS: Fight officials came from all over the world for the convention. And even in his absence, Ali as always was high on the agenda. The world champion is a Law unto himself and this is why Ken Norton decided to speak to delegates in person.
With Norton in Spain, was America fight impresario Don King, who knows Ali will-he has staged several of his fights.