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The real action was outside the Stadium

While Ali and Norton battled, the city of New York was fighting for its own survival

Updated: June 4, 2010, 5:42 PM ET
By Michael Woods | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

The last time they had boxing at Yankee Stadium, on Sept. 28, 1976, Muhammad Ali was the headliner, 34 years old and staring smack-dab into a divorce. His opponent, the pesky and tough-minded Ken Norton, who in two previous fights had made Ali look mortal, felt the third time was going to be his charm.

On Saturday, boxing will again take center stage in the new version of "The House That Ruth Built". This time the names are not as big and the fight game is not what it used to be, but when ...

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