Former boxing champion Ken Norton, who broke Muhammad Ali's jaw, dies at 70

Norton was born in Jacksonville, Illinois, and was an award-winning athlete in American football and track and field at Jacksonville High School. His prowess on the gridiron earned him a scholarship to Northeast Missouri State University.

updated: September 19, 2013 13:17 IST
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Las Vegas: Former heavyweight champion Ken Norton, who shocked the boxing world in 1973 when he became the second man to beat Muhammad Ali in a fight, died Wednesday at a local care facility. He was 70.

His son, Ken Norton Jr., a coach with the Seattle Seahawks in the National Football League, confirmed the death to The Associated Press.

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.

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