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Wednesday, May 11, 1977

-THE M x

Norton fights Bobick tonight

ity The Associated Press
NEW YORK - Ken Norton,
who believes in the theory of
mind over matter, and Duane
l3obick, untested but outwardly
undaunted about his first big
test as a pro, fight tonight in
Madison Square Garden.
{Your mind has'to be ready,"
said Norton. "Anything the
mind can conceive, the body
can achieve."
So far, he has twice failed to
achieve the heavyweight cham-
pionship of the world, being
knocked out in the second round
by George Foreman and losing
a disputed 15-round decision to
Muhammad Ali. And a loss to
Bobick would almost certainly
put that achievement beyond
Norton's reach.
"Once the bell rings every-
thing is great," was the un-
beaten Bobick's reaction when
asked how he felt before this
major test which would make
him a boxing "gold mine" in
terms of appeal for a fight
with Ali. The champion is op-
enly rooting for Bobick.
tobick not only is unbeaten,
but he would be billed as a
White Hope," a label he dis-
d;its, pointing out his mana--
gcer, former champion Joe Fra-
zier, an'd trainer, Eddie Futch,
are black.
Mitch, who once trained Nor-
ton, agreed with his former
charge that mental condition is
in-ortant and he thinks Bob-
icks frame of mind has been
helned by the postponement of
the bout. It originally was
scheduled for March 2 but was

postponed when Bobick suf-
fered torn rib cartilage while
sparring with brother Rodney.
"It helped him a great deal
because during the layoff he

record, fought Larry Middle-
ton last year before his fight
with Ali and stopped him on a
cut mouth in the 10th round.
Middleton is the only common

"Your mind has to be ready. Any-
thing the mind can conceive, the
body can achieve."-Ken Norton

'le doesn't know as much as
he thinks he knows," Norton
said of Futch who left him
after the second Ali fight in
September, 1973, to work full-
time with Joe Frazier,
"le says I haven't p)ro-
gressed any in four years. Any-
body who doesn't see any im-
provement in me in four years
in an imbecile."
Physically, the two fighters
are about equal. Both are
6-foot-3 while Norton's reach at
80 inches is an inch longer than
Bobick's.
Bobick, a Bowlus, Minn., na-
tive, has an edge in age, be-
ing 26 to 31 for the Califor-

nian. However, there are some
who think Norton might be
older.
"Htw old do vas watt me to
Ie," Nortoo said one day with
a glare. "Ytou want me to be
3t, 33, 20 or 34?'
In the matter of purse Nor-
ton, who is getting $500,000, has
a 2-1 edge.
Two other bouts are the pro-
gram, incltding an 11-rounder
between light heavyweights
Mike Quarry of Tampa, Fla.,
and Mike Rossman of Turners-
ville, N. J. and a six-rounder
between Howard Davis Jr., an
Olympic gold medalist from
Glen Cove, N. Y., and Carlos
Gonzales of Uuerto Rico.

was preparing himself men-
tally," said Futch.
Norton disagreed. "I think it
would have been more advan-
tageous to Bobick to fight the
first time," said Norton, adding
that he got himself motivated
d'tring the layoff.
Norton weighed in T'sesday at
272 3'4 pounds for the sched-
uled 12-round fight. He weigh-
ed 217 when he lost to Ali
Sept. 28. Bobick weighed 215%.
The fight will be televised
nationally by NBC from 9-
11:30 p.m., EDT, with the
main event set for about 10:30.
Norton was a 12-5 favorite lo-
cally and his edge would seem
to be based on the strength of
having met better fighters.
"Who's he fought," is the
knock against Bobick, who has
38-0 record with 32 knockouts.
But Futch notes that Norton
"outside of the fights with Ali
and Foreman Norton lost two
of three against Ali hasn't
fought anybody better than
Duane has fought.
Norton, who has a 37-4-0

opponent, having lost a lop-
sided 10-round decision to Bob-
ick, early last year, and he
thinks1Bobick will beat Nor-
ton.,

. ,;.

Guthrie cracks wall;
not seriously injured
By The Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS-Janet Guthrie cracked the wall yesterday
during practice for the Indianapolis 500, just after- cracking the
190 mile-an-hour barrier at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. She
was not hurt.
Miss Guthrie, 39, attempting to become the first woman to
sothify for the $1-million race May 29, had just been clocked at a
hloring 191.023 m.p.h. in her lightning when she lost control
comsing out of the second turn.
THE CAR SPUN once and Miss Guthrie had almost brought it
hock under control when the right front whacked the outside
. toiting wall.
A hospital spokesman said Miss Guthrie had a slight bruise on
cc left shin and a small cut on her left thumb. She was given
p -rmsission to continue driving.
Damage to the car was slight and it was expected to be re-
- red in time for more practice today.
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Program
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TONITE--Wednesday, May 11-7:30 p.m.
Multi-Purpose Room, 3rd Floor
Undergrad Library
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Will the winner challenge Ali?
DUANE BOBICK and Ken Norton make last minute preparations for their nationally-televised
heavyweight bout. The fight will be televised on WWJ-TV, Channel 4 from Detroit starting at 9
p.m. The main fight will begin at 10:30 p.m.
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