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Heavyweight Champ Ken Norton Passes LAS VEGAS (AP) - Former heavyweight champion Ken Norton, who beat Muhammad Ali and later lost a controversial decision to him in Yankee Stadium, died Wednesday at a local care facility. He was 70. Ken Norton Jr., a coach with the Seattle Seahawks, confirmed the death to The Associated Press before handing the phone to his wife, too distraught to talk. Norton, the only heavyweight champion never to win the title in the ring, had been in poor health for the last several years after suffering a series of strokes, a friend of the fighter said. "He's been fighting the battle for two years," said Gene Kilroy, Ali's former business manager. "I'm sure he's in heaven now with all the great fighters. I'd like to hear that conversation."
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Added: 18th September 2013
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Posted by: Lava1964 on 2013-09-19 
Ken Norton was one of the nicest guys in sports. The media loved him. He was always approachable and was never known to have refused an interview request.

It's pretty much established that he got the short end of a bad decision against Ali in their Yankee Stadium title fight in 1976.
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