LAS VEGAS: Former world heavyweight boxing champion Ken Norton, who beat Muhammad Ali and then lost a controversial title fight to him in New York's Yankee Stadium, has died.
His son says Norton passed away on Wednesday at a local care facility. He was 70.
Norton had been in poor health for the last several years after suffering a series of strokes, a friend said.
Norton broke Ali's jaw in their first fight, beating him by split decision in 1973 in a non-title fight in San Diego. They fought six months later, and Ali narrowly won a split decision.
They met for a third time on September 28, 1976, at Yankee Stadium and Ali narrowly won to keep his heavyweight title.