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Old 09-18-2013, 06:18 PM
 
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Former heavyweight boxer Ken Norton Sr. dies at 70

Former heavyweight boxer Ken Norton Sr. dies at 70

Ken Norton Sr., a former heavyweight boxing champion who defeated Muhammad Ali in 1973, then lost in the rematch later that year, died Wednesday at a hospital in Arizona where he had been undergoing rehabilitation since suffering a stroke last year, according to his friend and manager Patrick Tenore. Norton was 70 and had congestive heart failure.

Norton broke Ali's jaw in their initial fight, then lost at the Inglewood Forum in the rematch. Ali defeated Norton again in a decision at Yankee Stadium in New York in 1976.

In 1978, Norton won the World Boxing Council heavyweight championship when Leon Spinks chose not to fight him. He lost the title to Larry Holmes that June.

Norton finished with a record of 42-7-1 and 33 knockouts. He later went on to an acting career.

One of his sons, Ken Norton Jr., was a star linebacker at UCLA who played for the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL and now coaches for the Seattle Seahawks.
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:49 PM
 
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Default Shocking and tragic

I had wondered about Ken Norton's health over the last few years, especially after the deaths of Frazier and Lyle. All three had been knocked out by George Foreman during the '73-'77 period. Norton and Lyle both died at the same age, 70.

Very sad news indeed. Great fighter.
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Old 09-19-2013, 06:46 AM
 
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Ken Norton seemed to be too nice to be a fighter. He was incredibly athletic, powerful, and physical, but he didn't appear to carry into the ring, the level of anger, malice that someone like George Foreman brought into the ring. He didn't have the rage of a Louis, Tyson, even Ali. In that sense, he was closer to Frazier, who was basically a good guy just trying to make a living. Maybe this is why he and Frazier were good friends, and vowed to never fought each other.

When I first saw Norton on TV before the first Ali fight, Howard Cosell was saying that Norton was employing hypnotism in his preparation for Ali. Ali underestimate the Marine and got his jaw broken in the losing effort. I only read yesterday that while Norton visited him in the hospital, he told Norton that he was a great fighter, and that he didn't want to fight him again.

Norton was a great athlete who boxed, but I don't think he wanted to hurt anyone in the ring. Can't imagine what kind of damage he could've done had he wanted to. He was good for the sport and a great fighter. Those who knew him best seemed to agree that he was a fine person and a great man. This is what I feel about him too.

May this proud Marine rest in peace.
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:43 AM
 
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R.I.P. to Ken Norton.
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:23 AM
 
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I was saddened by the news. RIP
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:42 AM
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RIP Ken.

I watched that 1973 match with Ali (I forgot Ali's jaw was broken). Those were exciting days in boxing. I don't think I can name the heavyweight champ of today.
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Old 09-19-2013, 01:28 PM
 
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RIP Ken.

I watched that 1973 match with Ali (I forgot Ali's jaw was broken). Those were exciting days in boxing. I don't think I can name the heavyweight champ of today.
I agree. The heavyweight division was great in those days.
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Old 09-19-2013, 03:01 PM
 
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The 70's heavyweights were one of the most exciting eras for that division. Ken Norton was a late bloomer and most of his success is owed to Eddie Futch. It was Futch who trained both Frazier and Norton on how to beat Ali. It was only when Norton got away from Futch that his career started to come to a close. He had a lot of heart and was probably one of the best conditioned and best built heavyweights ever. It's sad to see one of the old time greats go, may he rest in peace.
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Old 09-20-2013, 09:54 AM
 
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I was thinking about Mr. Norton last week and was wondering how he had been doing since his stroke. RIP to a true legend.
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Old 09-20-2013, 10:09 AM
 
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RIP in champ. I agree, the 70s heavyweight fighters were an amazing bunch.
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