I took my Dad to Canastota's cocktail party on his 80th birthday. Ken was his favorite fighter. Ken was sitting at the time I introduced him to my Dad and he insisted on standing with his arm around him for my photo. A real giving guy. Get well.
It was Nortons Birthday yesterday.
Our heroes are getting old, keep punching Champ.
Ken Norton Hospitalized
By Robert Ecksel on August 11, 2012
Ken Norton fought in the 1970s, during the last golden age of the heavyweight division
Former heavyweight champion Ken Norton has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke.
It was reported that Norton, 69, suffered a “mini-stroke” (i.e., a TIA or transient ischemic attack), but that reporting is false.
Norton cannot currently speak and is being fed through tubes. A TIA is equivalent to dodging a bullet. Norton’s condition indicates that he dodged nothing.
A former Marine who brought a touch of class to our sometimes rambunctious sport, Norton fought during the last golden age of the heavyweight division and got it on with Muhammad Ali three times (twice in 1973 and once in 1976), George Foreman (in 1974), Jerry Quarry (in 1975), Jimmy Young (in 1977 for the WBC title), Larry Holmes and Earnie Shavers (both in 1979).
When Norton retired in 1981, his record was 42-7-1 (33 KOs).
Let’s hope Ken Norton wins this latest fight.
Say a prayer for a great champion.
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