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Didn't he first fight Norton around 71 or 72? That was after he came back from that 3 year lay off when they striped him from the title. His prime years would have been during the time they didn't allow him to fight, so it was robbed from him. When he came back, he was not as fast on his feet as he was in 67. The Ali that Norton fought was still good, but not as good as he was from 64-67. Ali looked pretty bad in 72. I think he just wasn't motivated. It wasn't until he fought Foreman and Frazier again, when he rose to the occasion and fought much better. But still, that Ali was not as good as the one from 64-67.