Ken Norton dies, and the world loses one of the best boxers of all-time. According to CBSSports.com on Sept. 18, Norton, 70, died after battling strokes for the past several years.
It was Norton's son, former NFL star Ken Norton Jr.. who announced his father's death.
Norton remains best known as the man who beat Muhammad Ali and then lost a controversial return match with Ali later at Yankees' Stadium. In their first meeting, Norton broke Ali's jaw in their 1973 fight, winning by split decision. Ali won the second fight, also by split decision. Ali won the rubber match at Yankees' Stadium in a title fight in 1976.
According to Ali's long-time trainer Gene Kilroy, Norton had been fighting this battle for his life for the last two years.
Norton went on to become a heavyweight champion when he won a heavyweight title eliminator and became the WBC Champion in 1977. He lost the belt in 1978 to Larry Holmes in a big 15-round fight, one of the best in boxing history.
When Ken Norton retired from boxing, he left with a 42-7-1 record with 33 knockouts. After his boxing career, he took on acting roles, including minor movie roles and appearances on TV shows like "The A Team" and "Knight Rider."