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Ken Norton: Muhammad Ali Conqueror Dies
Former heavyweight champion Ken Norton, who fought and defeated Muhammad Ali in 1973, has died at the age of 70.
Norton had been in poor health for the last few years after suffering a series of strokes, according to a friend.
His son said he died on Wednesday at a care facility.
Gene Kilroy, who was Ali's former business manager, said he was sure Norton was "in heaven now with all the great fighters".
Norton broke Ali's jaw during their first fight, beating him by a split decision in 1973 in a non-title bout in San Diego.
Six months later they fought again, with Ali narrowly winning on another split decision.
They met for a third time on September 28, 1976, at Yankee Stadium and Ali narrowly won again to keep his heavyweight title.
Norton fought 50 times during his career, winning 42 matches and losing seven.
He held the WBC Heavyweight Title in 1977 after he was awarded it when Leon Spinks chose to refight Ali instead of then top contender Norton, but he lost it to Larry Holmes the following year.