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Ken Norton boxer

Ken Norton image
Status inactive
Age 70
Division heavyweight
Height 6′ 3″/191cm
Reach 80″/203cm
Debut 1967-11-14
Born 1943-08-09
Death 2013-09-18
Nationality USA
Residence San Diego, California, USA
bouts
50
won
42
lost
7
draw
1
bouts
50
won
42
lost
7
draw
1
Status inactive
Age 70
Division heavyweight
Height 6′ 3″/191cm
Reach 80″/203cm
Debut 1967-11-14
Born 1943-08-09
Death 2013-09-18
Nationality USA
Residence San Diego, California, USA

Kenneth Howard Norton Sr. (August 9, 1943 – September 18, 2013) was an American professional boxer who competed from 1967 to 1981, and held the WBC heavyweight title in 1978. He is best known for his trilogy with Muhammad Ali, in which Norton won the first fight by split decision, and controversially lost the latter two fights by split and unanimous decision, respectively. Norton also fought a slugfest with Larry Holmes in 1978, narrowly losing a split decision. Having officially retired from boxing in 1981, Norton was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992.Norton was an outstanding athlete at Jacksonville High School. He was selected to the all-state team football 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. In an interview with ESPN Fitness Magazine in 1985, Norton said that he would have become a teacher or a policeman if he had not taken up boxing.

Kenneth Howard Norton Sr. (August 9, 1943 – September 18, 2013) was an American professional boxer who competed from 1967 to 1981, and held the WBC heavyweight title in 1978. He is best known for his trilogy with Muhammad Ali, in which Norton won the first fight by split decision, and controversially lost the latter two fights by split and unanimous decision, respectively. Norton also fought a slugfest with Larry Holmes in 1978, narrowly losing a split decision. Having officially retired from boxing in 1981, Norton was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992.Norton was an outstanding athlete at Jacksonville High School. He was selected to the all-state team football 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. In an interview with ESPN Fitness Magazine in 1985, Norton said that he would have become a teacher or a policeman if he had not taken up boxing.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
May 11, 1981 Gerry Cooney WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York LOSS
Technical knockout
Nov. 7, 1980 Randall Cobb WWWWWW HemisFair Arena, San Antonio WIN
Split-decision
Aug. 19, 1979 Scott LeDoux DWWWWL Metropolitan Sports Center, Bloomington DRAW
Points
March 23, 1979 Earnie Shavers WLLWWW Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas Hilton Pavilion, Las Vegas LOSS
KO
Nov. 10, 1978 Randy Stephens LWWWLW Caesars Palace, Las Vegas WIN
KO
June 9, 1978 Larry Holmes WWWWWW Caesars Palace, Sports Pavilion, Las Vegas World Boxing Council World Heavyweight

LOSS
Split-decision
Nov. 5, 1977 Jimmy Young LWWWWW Caesars Palace, Las Vegas WIN
Split-decision
Sept. 14, 1977 Lorenzo Zanon WWWWWW Caesars Palace, Las Vegas WIN
KO
May 11, 1977 Duane Bobick WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 28, 1976 Muhammad Ali WWWWWW Yankee Stadium, Bronx World Boxing Association World Heavyweight

World Boxing Council World Heavyweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
July 10, 1976 Larry Middleton DLLWLL Sports Arena, San Diego WIN
Technical knockout
April 30, 1976 Ron Stander LWWWLW Capitol Center, Landover WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 10, 1976 Pedro Lovell LWWWWW Convention Center, Las Vegas WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 14, 1975 Jose Luis Garcia WWLLWW Civic Center, Saint Paul WIN
KO
March 24, 1975 Jerry Quarry WWWWLW Madison Square Garden, New York vacant NABF Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
March 4, 1975 Rico Brooks LLLLLL Red Carpet Inn, Oklahoma City WIN
KO
June 25, 1974 Boone Kirkman WWWWWL Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle WIN
Corner retirement
March 26, 1974 George Foreman WWWWWW El Poliedro, Caracas World Boxing Association World Heavyweight

World Boxing Council World Heavyweight

LOSS
Technical knockout
Sept. 10, 1973 Muhammad Ali WWWWWL Forum, Inglewood NABF Heavyweight

LOSS
Split-decision
March 31, 1973 Muhammad Ali WWWWWW Sports Arena, San Diego NABF Heavyweight

WIN
Split-decision
Dec. 13, 1972 Charlie Reno WDLWLW San Diego NABF Heavyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Nov. 21, 1972 Henry Clark WWWWWL Sahara Tahoe Hotel, Stateline WIN
Technical knockout
June 30, 1972 James J Woody LWWLLL San Diego WIN
Corner retirement
June 5, 1972 Herschel Jacobs WLWWWL San Diego WIN
Unanimous decision
March 17, 1972 Jack O'Halloran LLWWLW Coliseum, San Diego WIN
Unanimous decision
Feb. 17, 1972 Charlie Harris LLLLLL Coliseum, San Diego WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 29, 1971 James J Woody WLLWWL Coliseum, San Diego WIN
Unanimous decision
Aug. 7, 1971 Chuck Haynes WWDLWL Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica WIN
KO
June 12, 1971 Vic Brown WLWWWL Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica WIN
KO
April 24, 1971 Steve Carter WWWWWL Valley Music Theatre, Woodland Hills WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 16, 1970 Robie Harris LLWLWW Coliseum, San Diego WIN
KO
Sept. 26, 1970 Chuck Leslie WWWLLW Valley Music Theatre, Woodland Hills WIN
Unanimous decision
Aug. 28, 1970 Roy Wallace LWDLWW Coliseum, San Diego WIN
KO
July 2, 1970 Jose Luis Garcia LWWWLW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles LOSS
KO
May 8, 1970 Ray Junior Ellis LWWLWL Coliseum, San Diego WIN
KO
April 7, 1970 Bob Mashburn WLDWLW Arena, Cleveland WIN
KO
March 13, 1970 Stamford Harris LDWWWL Coliseum, San Diego WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 4, 1970 Aaron Eastling WDLLLW Silver Slipper, Las Vegas WIN
KO
Oct. 21, 1969 Julius Garcia W Coliseum, San Diego WIN
Technical knockout
July 25, 1969 Gary Bates LLWWLL Coliseum, San Diego WIN
Technical knockout
May 29, 1969 Bill McMurray LWLLLW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Technical knockout
March 31, 1969 Pedro Sanchez LLLLLL Sports Arena, San Diego WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 20, 1969 Wayne Kindred WWWWLL Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 11, 1969 Joe Hemphill WWLDLL Valley Music Theatre, Woodland Hills WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 5, 1968 Cornell Nolan WWWL Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
KO
July 23, 1968 Wayne Kindred LWWWWL Circle Arts Theater, San Diego WIN
Technical knockout
March 26, 1968 Jimmy Gilmore LWWLLL Community Concourse, San Diego WIN
KO
Feb. 6, 1968 Harold Dutra WWWWWW Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 16, 1968 Sam Wyatt WLLWWL Community Concourse, San Diego WIN
Points
Nov. 14, 1967 Grady Brazell LW Community Concourse, San Diego WIN
Technical knockout