RIP Ken Norton


A place for the discussion of all things not closely related to the sport and its competitive side. (as always, locked for the duration of major international championship)

RIP Ken Norton

Postby br » Wed Sep 18, 2013 4:30 pm

http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-sp ... 5488.story

"Ken Norton Sr., a former heavyweight boxing champion who defeated Muhammad Ali in 1973, then lost in the rematch later that year, died Wednesday at a hospital in Arizona where he had been undergoing rehabilitation since suffering a stroke last year, according to his friend and manager Patrick Tenore. Norton was 70 and had congestive heart failure."
br
 
Posts: 478
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:32 am

Re: RIP Ken Norton

Postby jazzcyclist » Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:33 pm

:cry:
jazzcyclist
 
Posts: 10860
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:32 am

Re: RIP Ken Norton

Postby user4 » Thu Sep 19, 2013 6:22 am

One of the most amazing athletes the ring has ever seen. He was a great American and leaves a great Norton legacy.
user4
 
Posts: 1438
Joined: Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:05 pm

Re: RIP Ken Norton

Postby Pego » Thu Sep 19, 2013 6:40 am

That was the greatest era of pro heavyweight boxing ever.
Pego
 
Posts: 10203
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:32 am
Location: beyond help

Re: RIP Ken Norton

Postby user4 » Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:04 am

One could easily argue that he went 2 for 3 against Ali.
user4
 
Posts: 1438
Joined: Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:05 pm

Re: RIP Ken Norton

Postby gh » Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:20 pm

didn't somebody at one point verify that he was the state discus champion of Illinois (I think)?
gh
 
Posts: 46335
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:31 am
Location: firmly at Arya's side!

Re: RIP Ken Norton

Postby Marlow » Thu Sep 19, 2013 2:46 pm

Wiki sez this (who knows how true it is)

wiki wrote: His track coach entered him in eight events, and Norton placed first in all of them. As a result, the "Ken Norton Rule", which limits participation of an athlete to a maximum of three track and field events, was instituted in Illinois high school sports.


I kinda don't doubt it!
Marlow
 
Posts: 21126
Joined: Thu Jan 24, 2008 5:00 pm
Location: Somewhere over the . . . hill

Re: RIP Ken Norton

Postby user4 » Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:50 am

I think the most amazing thing about Ken Norton is that he had one of the least favorable paths to the top of the HW ranks.

He enlists into the Marine Corps after a few years of college in 1963 and within a year he takes an interest in the Marine boxing program. Now keep in mind that a military boxer is in many respects a step below a well trained amateur boxer in terms of time to devote to the sport and access to quality training/expertise. Norton rises to the top and he becomes a 3 time Marine HW champion by 1967.

He fulfills his military obligation in 1967 and he turns pro beginning the long hard climb of every boxer. He gradually acclimates to the professional game, and eventually serves as a sparing partner for the HW champion Joe Frazier. By the early '70s, at the age of 27, Norton is finally getting solid training under the guidance of the great Eddie Futch.

His big break comes 6 years after leaving the Marine corp, when at almost 30 years of age, with a mere 3 years of training under Futch, Norton finds himself ranked 8th in the HW division. He signs on to fight the No. 1 ranked Muhammad Ali in San Diego, March 31, 1973.

Before the fight, Ali predicts a 3rd round KO. But Norton doesnt read the script and the ex Marine dominates the ex-champ convincingly breaking Ali's jaw in a late round, likely the 12th. From that point on Norton is a household name. The rest is history.

He is one of the greatest raw talents to ever fight as a HW and anyone that has ever heard him speak can tell you that he was a great American a model citizen and a genuinely great man.
user4
 
Posts: 1438
Joined: Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:05 pm


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Dutra5 and 8 guests

cron