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Ken Norton, the Former Heavyweight Champion Died at 70

Sep 20, 2013 15:20 IST

Ken Norton, the former heavyweight champion died on 18 September 2013 at Nevada, US. He was 70 years old. He was struggling through the poor health from past few years. He is known most commonly for his 12-round victory over Muhammad Ali by breaking his jaw in 1973.

It is important to note that he was the only second heavyweight champion to defeat Muhammad Ali as the professional. The first one to do so was Joe Frazier in the 15-round competition in the year 1971.

Life History of Ken Norton

• Ken Norton was born on 9 August 1943 at Jacksonville, Illinois, U.S.
• He won the heavyweight title eliminator in the year 1977 and was also declared as the champion by the World Boxing Council.
• He finished off with the record of 42-7-1 and 33 knockouts.
• He later became an actor and also the commentator at various fights.
• He began his boxing career during his presence at the United States Marine Corps from 1963 to 1967.
• He was inducted at the World Boxing Hall of Fame in the year 1989 and at the International Boxing Hall Of Fame in the year 1992. In 2004, he was inducted into the United States Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame and in 2008, into the WBC Hall of Fame.
• In the year 2001, he was inducted into the Breitbard Hall of Fame by the San Diego Hall of Champions.
• He was also inducted into the California Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

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