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Heavyweight Boxing Champ Ken Norton Dies at 70

120218-Ken_Norton-139299914_620x350Former heavyweight boxing champion Ken Norton Sr. has died at 70, according to his son. Norton had been battling several health ailments including a last year and a stroke.  A previously unheralded Norton famously Muhammad Ali in 1973 in , breaking his jaw in the process. It was just the second defeat of Ali’s career. Norton went on to become an actor in the early 70s staring in some of the most historic films such as Mandingo where he played a slave. Norton finished his career -7-1, including knockouts and he retired in 1981 following a -round loss to Gerry Cooney at Madison Square Garden. He continued his career in movies at that point. One of his sons, Ken Norton , was a linebacker in the NFL and is now a for the Seattle Seahawks. ( Ken Norton above, younger Ken below)career-norton12

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