Ken Norton

Professional Boxer, Boxer

1943 – 2013

Who was Ken Norton?

Kenneth Howard "Ken" Norton, Sr. was an American heavyweight boxer. He is a former WBC world heavyweight champion. Norton fought in one of the classic eras of heavyweight boxing, and competed against many of the best boxers in the division. He was known for his unconventional cross-arm style defence, which made him an awkward and frustrating opponent to face. Norton's name became household when he became the second man to defeat Muhammad Ali in 1973, and in doing so broke the champion's jaw in the process. Norton ended up fighting Ali three times, and he lost the latter two bouts. Norton is also known for his classic battle with Larry Holmes, a fight which he lost by split decision. The final round of the fight between Norton and Holmes is largely recognised as one of the greatest rounds of all time.

Norton scored several decisive victories over the course of his career, which secured his place in the history of heavyweight boxing. He holds notable wins over Muhammad Ali, Jerry Quarry, Ron Stander, Duane Bobick, Jimmy Young and Randall Cobb.

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Aug 9, 1943
Also known as
  • Kenneth Howard Norton Sr.
  • Ken Howard Norton
  • Kenneth Howard Norton
  • The Black Hercules
  • The Jaw Breaker
  • The Fighting Marine
  • Kenneth H. Norton
  • Kenneth Howard Florence
  • Ken Norton Sr.
  • Ruth Norton
  • Jeannette Norton
    (1966 - 1968)
  • Jacqueline Halton
    (1977 - )
  • Rose Conant
    ( - 2013-09-18)
  • Ken Norton, Jr.
  • Keith Norton
  • Brandon Norton
  • Kenejon Norton
  • Kenisha Norton
  • United States of America
  • Truman State University
Sep 18, 2013