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Ken Norton

Ex-Heavyweight Boxing Champ Dies at 70

9/18/2013 5:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
R.I.P.

0918_ken_norton_sernior_sr_died_Dead_dies_article_gettyFormer heavyweight boxing champ Ken Norton -- who had 3 classic fights with Muhammad Ali -- died today in Las Vegas ...according to his son.

Norton had been in failing health for several years after a series of strokes.

Norton defeated Ali -- breaking his jaw in the process -- during their first non-title fight in 1973. They faced each other in the ring two more times ... with Ali winning both.

Their last battle was the 1976 classic held in Yankee Stadium (below).

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Norton was awarded the WBC Heavyweight title in 1978, when reigning champ Leon Spinks refused to give Norton -- the top contender -- a shot at the belt.

However, Norton lost to Larry Holmes a few months later ... in his first defense of the belt.

His boxing career began while he was serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in the mid to late 60s -- and he was a 3 time heavyweight champ in the Corps.

Norton's son said his dad was in hospice when he died today. He was 70 years old.




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Azi    

I've used his internet security program for many years.

307 days ago
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Mr Bob Dobalina    

I remember him. He was a tuff son of a gun.. RIP brother!!

307 days ago
18.

jc    

RIP Champ...Semper Fi!!!

307 days ago
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Observer    

For all you've accomplished and contributed, Thanks Champ.

Oh, if your upstairs, they have endless ringside seats I hear. Enjoy.

307 days ago
20.

Anthonynyadira    

True champion, true American, true inspiration..

307 days ago
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nof    

Great fighter, great NFL Legend for a son.


Won at least TWO of the Ali fights.


Ken Sr. just kept coming, kept coming, kept coming -


One of 5-6 Legends from the greatest Heavyweight era -


Wished Kenny Sr. could have done a Mariano Rivera-like tour so we could have all said good-bye.


Rest Well, Legend - you've earned it.

307 days ago
22.

thanhbuta    

RIP Champ, hope u find a good place in heaven ^_^
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307 days ago
23.

Genghis Khan    

Always loved this guy in the ring. RIP Champ!

307 days ago
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RIP, One of 5-6 Legends from the greatest Heavyweight era

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