The death of former world heavyweight boxing champion Ken Norton brought back some fond memories for me. In 1975, Norton was in Miami Beach training at the 5th Street Gym for a match with Rico Brooks.
Brooks was a fast fighter, and Norton was looking for sparring partners with a similar style of fighting.
I was an amateur boxer at the time, and Norton used me as one of his sparring partners. He was a true gentleman and a credit to the sport.
Our sparring matches must have paid off. Norton knocked out Brooks in one round, and I went on to knock out Tyrone McClary in one round.
Sherman ‘Big Train’ Bergman, Miami Beach