Boxer Ken Norton Dead at 70
He was ring nemesis of Muhammad Ali
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 18, 2013 7:26 PM CDT
Sept. 10, 1973: Muhammad Ali, right, winces as Ken Norton hits him with a left to the head during their re-match at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.   (Anonymous)

(Newser) – Former heavyweight champion Ken Norton, who beat Muhammad Ali and then lost a controversial decision to him in Yankee Stadium, died today in Las Vegas at age 70. Norton had been in poor health for the last several years after suffering a series of strokes, a friend said. Norton broke Ali's jaw in their first bout, beating him by split decision in 1973 in a non-title fight in San Diego. They fought six months later, and Ali narrowly won a split decision. They met for a third time on Sept. 28, 1976, at Yankee Stadium, and Ali narrowly won to keep his heavyweight title.

Norton would come back the next year to win a heavyweight title eliminator and was declared champion by the World Boxing Council. But on June 9, 1978, he lost a bruising 15-round fight to Larry Holmes in what many regard as one of boxing's epic heavyweight bouts and would never be champion again. Norton finished with a record of 42-7-1 and 33 knockouts. He would later embark on an acting career, appearing in several movies, and was a commentator at fights.

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Sep 19, 2013 6:14 AM CDT
Mr. Norton was a great boxer and a class act. He clearly beat Ali in NY but did not get the decision. Sorry to hear of his death at such a young age.
Sep 18, 2013 11:04 PM CDT
Even though Ken Norton gave up several of his prime fighting years, he honorably served in the Marine Corps and later resumed his boxing career. Just for that, he deserves great credit and respect. Many people, myself included, believe he outboxed Ali in their bout in Yankee Stadium. Kenny Norton was a great fighter who fought every highly ranked heavyweight who was fighting back then. God rest his soul.
Sep 18, 2013 9:43 PM CDT
I knew Ken and Jackie in SoCal (OC) in the 80's and early 90's. They were the nicest people and very proud USC parents. Rest in peace, Ken. Prayers for Jackie. He was a great boxer and won't be forgotten!