It is with great sadness, here at Boxing Pulse, that we must announce the death of former Heavyweight Champion of the World, Ken Norton. The second of the five men who beat Muhammad Ali, Norton followed in the footsteps of Smokin' Joe Frazier, facing The Greatest three times with a record of 1-2.
Norton went on record as saying "I don't want to be remembered as the man who broke Ali's jaw" but, of course, every obituary on the internet is mentioning precisely that monumental feat. Loved by many, admired by all, Norton is remembered as a tough man in the ring and a gentleman out of it. Mike Tyson had this to say:
"Today a great man passed away. A legend in the boxing world and a good man. Condolences to Ken Norton's family on this very sad day.
"Ken Norton was always nice to me even when I was just an amateur fighter. He always treated me like I was somebody. Remarkable man."
Though the champion's health had deteriorated steadily since his suffering a stroke last year, cause of death has been reported as congestive heart failure. This is surely the first time his heart has ever failed him or any of us. Rest in peace, champ.