Muhammad Ali Ken Norton Sr

Former heavyweight champion Ken Norton Sr, the only boxer to break Muhammad Ali's jaw in the ring, died Wednesday in Las Vegas due to complications from a stroke. He was 70.

Norton's death was confirmed by his son, Ken Jr, who works as a linebackers coach for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks. Norton was a force to reckon with in the 1970s. He is best known for breaking the jaw of then heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali in a split decision victory in 1973 to win the North American Boxing Federation heavyweight title.

Norton’s former manager, Gene Kilroy, remembers the epic battle.

“Ali thought it would be an easy fight,” Kilroy told The Associated Press. “But Norton was unorthodox. Instead of jabbing from above like most fighters, he would put his hand down and jab up at Ali.”

Kilroy remembers Norton visiting Ali in the hospital where he was getting his jaw wired. Ali told Norton he never wanted to fight again.

But Ali took back his title 6 months later in another 12-round split decision.

The boxing titans' fought again in 1976. Ali won in a controversial 12-round split decision that Norton never lived down.

Norton told anyone who would listen that he was robbed.

“I was never the same fighter after that,” Norton told Red Smith of The New York Times in October 1979. “I never trained so hard again, never could put the same feeling into it. I was at my best that night, in the best shape I ever was.”

Norton leaves behind two sons, former UCLA standout Ken Norton Jr, who played linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys from 1988 to 1993, and Keith Norton, a former sports anchor.

  • luVn_liFe…

    I read that,May He RIP and his Family Be given Strength to get thru it :kona:

  • MsB2u

    didn't know him but rip

  • libra80sbaby

    RIP

  • FuturedocDonte

    Rest in peace :box:

  • MsB2u

    morning everybody
    :waves:

  • libra80sbaby

    Dang Sandra, you gone start our morning off with death?? :no:

  • libra80sbaby

    MsB2u :hi: Good mawning

  • luVn_liFe…

    libra80sbaby says: Dang Sandra, you gone start our morning off with death??
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    Right!
    shoot for that i'll get to these appts :kona:

    later folKs :bye:

  • Ischmoo78

    :pray: RIP

  • luVn_liFe…

    Miany says: 2 root canals, cleaning and like 5 fillings…don’t judge me
    yall
    ~
    ~
    :phew: girl daMN!

  • libra80sbaby

    :hi: Luvn. Have a great day!!

  • MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba

    :box:

  • MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba

    who stayed up doing Iphone updates
    *raises hand* :)

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    Aw RIP :sad:

  • http://thegameonbetblog.tumblr.com/ Bird

    R.I.P. Brotha Ken. Your warrior legacy is strong bruh.

  • Jdore

    Good Morning folks! :hi:

  • A.J.

    Taken :rofl: at your gravi.

  • Miany

    Rip. ....I've never seen Mandingo. I will try to find a copy & watch it.

  • MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba

    A.J. Gucci deserves to be saved too :nun:

  • Yardgirl

    R.I.P. Ken :cry: He was a class act.

  • Brownskin Cutie

    Good morning yall!!! AJ you and that gravi!!!! :hahaha:
    May this man RIP. Prayers to his family

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    Chile I'm over here listening to Brandy Never say Never album :headphones: Love me some Brandy ,,,, she is so underrated :headphones:

  • MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba

    So my work BFF brought in sweets to work :huh: I am on workout/diet mode so I cannot partake in the festivities. The entire building is running to the 1st floor like aminals (spelled that way on purpose) to get some. I am going to have to talk to her about this :eek:

  • http://pinterest.com/stilettosoulja Shuga Honey

    handsome guy. Rest in Paradise.

  • Brownskin Cutie

    @Jenie, Between Never Say Never and her latest album I agree that she is underrated.

  • libra80sbaby

    jeniefrumdabloc says:

    Chile I’m over here listening to Brandy Never say Never album :headphones: Love me some Brandy ,,,, she is so underrated :headphones:
    -----I STILL rock to that album!! Her best album ever. :yes:

  • A.J.

    A.J. Gucci deserves to be saved too
    ________
    :yes: asap babe asap.

  • Smonae

    Good Morning Ladies & Gents

    Sandy
    Jenie
    Mainy
    AJ
    Jdore
    Bird
    Taken
    Brown
    Libra
    Luvn
    MsB
    Doc
    Shuga
    Yard

    Dont know this man but may he RIP

  • Afiya

    RIP Ken! :cry:

    :wave: Good Morning Roses & Sandra :hi:

    Ali is still floating like a butterfly :yes:

  • A.J.

    AJ you and that gravi!!!!
    _________
    Did you like your history lesson brought to you buy Pine-Sol? :lol:

  • A.J.

    *by* this auto-correct chit is for the birds.

  • A.J.

    :hug: Smonae hey babe.

  • Smonae

    libra80sbaby says:

    Dang Sandra, you gone start our morning off with death??
    _____________

    I was hoping for something ratchet to get the morning started :shrugs:

  • Caramel Rain

    OMG I looovvee Brandy! :love: I listen to Never Say Never all the way through.. No need to skip a track.. *sigh* real music

  • libra80sbaby

    :waves: Smonae

  • Caramel Rain

    AJ the oatmeal was great! I just added a little evaporated milk to it. The fruti was awesome also :thumbsup:
    I'm full as a tick now :yawn:

  • Yardgirl

    Smonae! :waves: Good morning y'all!

  • http://pinterest.com/stilettosoulja Shuga Honey

    so since we already in a somber mode....

    my friend's 4 year old son died last night. im accepting all ideas of what to get her & the other kids to help out.

    he was a twin. my daughter is in the same school as her daughter so i would always help her out while the other twin was in chemo/hospice, etc. he never even got to start pre-k with them :(

    we arent friend-friends but i still take her other kids on the weekends because she always had to go back & forth to the hospital.

    she texted me in the middle of the night to give me the news. my heart is broke.

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    Ladies, if you want to do yourselves a favor, rent the movie Mandingo on Netflix. You can thank me later ;)

  • Smonae

    Damn Shuga

    4!!! Hun all I can sugest is being there, and if you can drop meals off for the kids, because the mom is going to be completely zoned out for a while.

    Thats soo sad :sad:

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    Sandra Rose says:

    Ladies, if you want to do yourselves a favor, rent the movie Mandingo on Netflix. You can thank me later
    __________________

    :thinking: :pc:

  • Jdore

    Morning Smonae :waves:

  • A.J.

    AJ the oatmeal was great! I just added a little evaporated milk to it. The fruti was awesome also :thumbsup:
    I’m full as a tick now :yawn:
    _____________
    Awesome. Now we have to try GV Oatmeal that Luvn suggested. I assume the fruit is already in it.

  • Smonae

    :newpost:

  • http://pinterest.com/stilettosoulja Shuga Honey

    Smonae says:

    4!!! Hun all I can sugest is being there, and if you can drop meals off for the kids, because the mom is going to be completely zoned out for a while.

    Thats soo sad
    _________________________

    you know how when your friend (or anyone you care about) is hurt and you just want to fix it? i know i cant but i want to do something. what do you think about edible arrangements? straight up cash?

    should i go by today? tomorrow?

    i dont knowwwwww :wail: <---for real tho

  • libra80sbaby

    Shuga Honey, I agree with Smonae. I would cook a few meals for her and the kids that can be frozen. Probably do a few loads of laundry for her and the kids too. If monetary, I would give her a Wal-mart gift card, that way she can get household stuff and/or groceries as needed. :pray: For the family. I would be sick if it were ANY of my kids.

  • http:/:2urbangirls.com UrbanGirl

    Ken Jr. is a product of good old Inglewood, CA! RIP to his father.

    Urban Girl