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Ken Norton's death Wednesday brought back a lot of memories. It's too bad this generation can't form any new ones.
That's why you had to feel sad not only for Norton, but for today's boxing fans. All 193 of them.
Norton came along at the right and wrong time: Right for fans, who had more great fighters than their eyes could follow; wrong for Norton, who would have ruled the heavyweight world if he'd come along today.
Actually, Norton probably would have been an NFL tight end or MMA god. I hate to turn this into another "Boxing is Dead" lament -- but this news drove home just how far the sport has fallen.
Remember the '70s? It was when men were men. Boxers fought regularly, Howard Cosell called the bouts and anyone with a black-and-white TV could watch. As we learned March 31, 1973, there was no telling what you might see.
"In my opinion the fighters of our era, in the '70s, were the greatest group of fighters ever assembled," ...
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Former Heavyweight champion Ken Norton Sr. died on Wednesday at the age of 70. He was being cared for in a Las Vegas, Nevada facility. Norton was most famous for his surprise defeat of Muhammad Ali in March 1973, winning a Split Decision to grab the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Norton broke Ali's jaw in the second round of that fight. Later that year they fought again...
Former heavyweight champion Ken Norton, who beat Muhammad Ali and then lost a controversial decision to him in Yankee Stadium, died Wednesday at a local care facility, his son said. He was 70.
Norton had been in poor health for the last several years after suffering a series of strokes, a friend of the fighter said.
"He's been fighting the battle for two years," said...
LAS VEGAS , NV — Former heavyweight champion Ken Norton, died Wednesday according to his son at the age of 70. Famous for defeating Muhammad Ali by split decision in their first meeting 1973 (after breaking Ali’s jaw) lost 6 months later in a rubber match. They met for a third time on Sept. 28, 1976, at Yankee Stadium with Ali narrowly winning to retain the belt. To read the...
Boxing legend Ken Norton passed away on Wednesday, September 18th at the age of 70. Norton was a former heavyweight champion and one of just two fighters to take down boxing icon Muhammad Ali while he was in his prime.
Norton began his boxing career while enlisted in the Marines. He was also owner of a 14-fight win streak that ended with Ali’s victory in the second fight of their...
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...
Ken Norton death has been confirmed by his son Ken Norton Jr. Ken Norton Sr. died at the age of 70 in Henderson, Nevada which is just his residence just outside of Las Vegas. Ken Norton has been in poor health the last couple of years and had a series of strokes in that timeframe. […]
It is a dark day for the world of boxing. One of the sports great former champions, Ken Norton, passed away at the age of 70. His health had been declining over the last few years. He had been living in Arizona for the last year since suffering his last stroke roughly a year ago.
During the course of his career he was 42-7-1. He made a name for himself when he took a fight against...
Ken Norton Sr./Wikipedia
Former Boxing Champ Ken Norton Sr. has passed away at an Arizona hospital early Wednesday.
For those unfamiliar, Norton beat Muhammed Ali in a famous 1973 fight, breaking his jaw and handing Ali only his second professional defeat. In late 1977, he briefly held the World Boxing Council Heavyweight title before losing to Leon...
Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Norton was a hell of a fighter.
Former heavyweight champion Ken Norton has died at age 70. #RIP
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) September 18, 2013