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Former heavyweight champion Norton dies

  • FILE - In this Sept. 10, 1973, file photo, Muhammad Ali, right, winces as Ken Norton hits him with a left to the head during their re-match at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 10, 1973, file photo, Muhammad Ali, right, winces as Ken Norton hits him with a left to the head during their re-match at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File)

  • World heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman, right, and challenger Ken Norton are pictured in New York City Jan. 30, 1974.   They are scheduled to meet for the title in Caracas, Venezuela in late March 1974.   (AP Photo/David Pickoff)

    World heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman, right, and challenger Ken Norton are pictured in New York City Jan. 30, 1974. They are scheduled to meet for the title in Caracas, Venezuela in late March 1974. (AP Photo/David Pickoff)

  • World heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman, right, and challenger Ken Norton are pictured in New York City Jan. 30, 1974.   They are scheduled to meet for the title in Caracas, Venezuela in late March 1974.   (AP Photo/David Pickoff)

    World heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman, right, and challenger Ken Norton are pictured in New York City Jan. 30, 1974. They are scheduled to meet for the title in Caracas, Venezuela in late March 1974. (AP Photo/David Pickoff)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 10, 1973, file photo, Muhammad Ali, right, winces as Ken Norton hits him with a left to the head during their re-match at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File)
  • World heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman, right, and challenger Ken Norton are pictured in New York City Jan. 30, 1974.   They are scheduled to meet for the title in Caracas, Venezuela in late March 1974.   (AP Photo/David Pickoff)
  • World heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman, right, and challenger Ken Norton are pictured in New York City Jan. 30, 1974.   They are scheduled to meet for the title in Caracas, Venezuela in late March 1974.   (AP Photo/David Pickoff)

Boxing’s Norton dies

Former heavyweight champion Ken Norton, who beat Muhammad Ali and then lost a controversial decision to him in Yankee Stadium, has died.

His son said he passed away yesterday at a local care facility. He was 70.

Norton had been in poor health for the last several years after suffering a series of strokes, a friend of his said.

Norton broke Ali’s jaw in their first fight, beating him by split decision in 1973 in a non-title fight in San Diego. They fought six months later, and Ali narrowly won a split decision.

They met for a third time on Sept. 28, 1976, at Yankee Stadium and Ali narrowly won to keep his heavyweight title.

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