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Subject: Former heavyweight champion Ken Norton dies at age 70

Written By: warped on 09/19/13 at 6:52 am

He was the second man to beat Muhammad Ali, breaking Ali’s jaw and sending him to the hospital in their 1973 heavyweight fight.

Ken Norton frustrated Ali three times in all, including their final bout at Yankee Stadium where he was sure he had beaten him once again.

Norton, who died Wednesday at the age of 70, lost that fight for the heavyweight title. But he was forever linked to Ali for the 39 rounds they fought over three fights, with very little separating one man from the other in the ring.

Norton, born Aug. 9, 1943, in Jacksonville, Ill., started boxing when he was in the Marines, and began his pro career after his release from duty in 1967. He lost only once in his early fights but had fought few fighters of any note when he was selected to meet Ali.

At the time, Ali was campaigning to try to win back the heavyweight crown he lost to Joe Frazier in 1973.

After that bruising first bout, they faced off two more times, including the final fight at Yankee Stadium on a night when police were on strike and many in the crowd feared for their safety. The fight went 15 rounds and Ali won a decision.

Kilroy said Ali and Norton never had any animosity toward each other and became good friends over the years. Still, Norton always thought he had won all three fights.

Norton would come back in 1977 to win an eliminator against Jimmy Young and was declared champion by the WBC when Spinks was stripped of the title.

His fight against Holmes in 1978 at Caesars Palace was his last big hurrah, with the two heavyweights going back and forth, trading huge blows inside a steamy pavilion in the hotel’s back lot. The fight was still up for grabs in the 15th round and both fighters reached inside themselves to deliver one of the more memorable final rounds in heavyweight history.

...Norton had been in failing health for several years after a series of strokes. Norton's son said his dad was in hospice when he died today. He was 70 years old.



Subject: Re: Former heavyweight champion Ken Norton dies at age 70

Written By: LyricBoy on 09/19/13 at 7:13 am

It's always sad to see a professional boxer die so soon.  You always hope that they have one more fight left in them.  :-\\

Subject: Re: Former heavyweight champion Ken Norton dies at age 70

Written By: gibbo on 09/19/13 at 6:23 pm

I watched those Ali/Norton fights on youtube not so long ago ... and agree that he had the better of Ali (for whatever reason).

RIP Ken Norton... :\'(

Subject: Re: Former heavyweight champion Ken Norton dies at age 70

Written By: Howard on 09/19/13 at 7:26 pm

R.I.P Ken Norton :\'(

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