Boxing Hall of Famer Ken Norton Dies at 70

One of the men who threw loss to the winning streaks of the great Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay), Ken Norton died on Wednesday in a Las Vegas care facility, at the age of 70.
Norton was a not-so-known boxer in the heavyweight class before he faced Muhammad Ali. The former rose to the pedestals of the boxers to look up to, after he beat Ali in a 12 hard fought rounds match in March 1973. He won via split decision back then.

Here goes Norton vs Ali video, if you got the time to spare:
In a rematch 3 years after (1976), Ali won and via decision to retain the WBA/WBC belts.

Ken Norton became an instant addition to the rank of the heavyweight gems Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Larry Holmes.

Norton also became an actor; He even got into a film "Mandingo" and TV series as well.

Top Rank's Bob Arum even got some words for Norton:
He was a truly a nice guy and he was a dedicated, brave, hard-working fighter
He struggled against guys who could really punch: Foreman, Earnie Shavers, [Gerry] Cooney, even a guy like Duane Bobick. But he was a tough out for anyone and when he was fighting someone who wasn't a massive fighter, he was right in the fight all the time.
Norton retired in 1981, after suffering a first round knock out against Cooney.

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