Ken Norton, born August 9, 1943, in Jacksonville, Illinois, started boxing when he was in the Marines, and began his pro career after his release from duty in 1967. On Wednesday, September 18, 2013 Norton died at the age of 70.
Norton was the father of former Linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys Ken Norton Jr. His son who now coaches for the Seattle Seahawks said he who would receive inspiration by simply watching his dad train for fights.
Norton Jr. briefly spoke with the Associated press but could not compose himself to go into any details other than confirming his father’s death.
Norton is the only heavyweight champion to never win the title in the ring, and boxing fans still talk about the bruising battle he waged with Larry Holmes for the title in 1978. But it was his first fight with Ali that made the former Marine a big name and the two additional fights with Ali that defined his legacy.
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