Ken Norton Dead — Ex-Heavyweight Boxing Champ Dies at 70


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Former heavyweight boxing champ Ken Norton — who had 3 classic fights with Muhammad Ali — died today in Las Vegas …according to his son.

Norton had been in failing health for several years after a series of strokes.

Norton defeated Ali — breaking his jaw in the process — during their first non-title fight in 1973. They faced each other in the ring two more times … with Ali winning both.

Their last battle was the 1976 classic held in Yankee Stadium (below).

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Norton was awarded the WBC Heavyweight title in 1978, when reigning champ Leon Spinks refused to give Norton — the top contender — a shot at the belt.

However, Norton lost to Larry Holmes a few months later … in his first defense of the belt.

Norton”s son — Ken Norton Jr. — said his dad was in hospice when he died today. He was 70 years old.