I believe that Mark Kram summarized the feelings of most sports fans. Muhammad Ali's boxing skills have deteriorated to the point where for him to continue fighting would do nothing but tarnish his record. Whether or not the decision in the Norton fight was right is not really relevant, since Norton's performance was also far from spectacular. Probably the most accurate decision would have been a draw, since neither fighter showed any continuity or ability to control the fight.
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