Ken Norton, Sr. (August 9, 1943 – September 18, 2013) was an American professional boxer. Norton is a former WBC heavyweight champion. In a professional career spanning 14 years, Norton officially retired from the sport in May 1981. His final fight was against world ranked challenger Gerry Cooney, in which Norton was defeated by TKO in round 1.
Norton defeated two world champions in Muhammad Ali and Jimmy Young, as well as top contenders such as Jerry Quarry, Duane Bobick and Randall Cobb.
He died in Henderson, Nevada on September 18, 2013 at the age of 70.
Norton was an outstanding athlete at Jacksonville High School. He was a member of the state championship football team and was selected to the all-state team on defense as a senior in 1960. His track coach entered him in eight events, and Norton placed first in seven of them. As a result, the "Ken Norton Rule," which limits participation of an athlete to a maximum of four track and field events, was instituted in Illinois high school sports. After graduating from high school, Norton went to Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University) on a football scholarship and studied elementary education...
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