Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/18/14
Ken Norton's death Wednesday brought back a lot of memories. It's too bad this generation can't form any new ones. That's why you had to feel sad not only for Norton, but for today's boxing fans. All 193 of them. Norton came along at the right and wrong time: Right for fans, who had more great fighters than their eyes could follow; wrong for Norton, who would have ruled the heavyweight world if he'd come along today. Actually, Norton probably would have been an NFL tight end or MMA god. I hate to turn this into another "Boxing is Dead" lament -- but this news drove home just how far the sport has fallen. Remember the '70s? It was when men were men. Boxers fought regularly, Howard Cosell called the bouts and anyone with a black-and-white TV could watch. As we learned March 31, 1973, there was no telling what you might see. "In my opinion the fighters of our era, in the '70s, were the greatest group of fighters ever assembled," Norton said earlier this year. Calm down, ring fans...
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