Ken Norton Hospitalized

By Robert Ecksel on August 11, 2012
Ken Norton Hospitalized
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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  1. dan 11:37am, 10/11/2012

    Hope Ken the best. He was a warrior. Get better Kenny

  2. Tex Hassler 02:01pm, 08/20/2012

    Holmes vs. Norton was one of the great heavyweight fights. Ken Norton is a fine man and our hearts and prayers are for him and his family.

  3. Joe 06:13am, 08/13/2012

    Even though I am a true Ali fanatic I thought Kenny may have gotten the Greatest in Yankee Stadium that night.  I know at the conclusion of the figh when he pulled his mouthpiece out and started talking trash to the Champ he sure thought he was “and new” - wasn’t meant to be.

  4. Jim Clarke 10:10pm, 08/12/2012

    Met him a few years ago, hell of a nice guy. Thoughts and prayers champ!

  5. NYIrish 09:37am, 08/12/2012

    Say a prayer for a real fighter. Semper Fi.

  6. mikecasey 05:38am, 08/12/2012

    Best wishes, Ken.

  7. Big City 02:23pm, 08/11/2012

    I am a longtime fan of Ken Norton. I wish Ken a quick return to health.

  8. Rolling Thunder 01:55pm, 08/11/2012

    Hang in there, Kenny.

  9. the thresher 09:47am, 08/11/2012

    Sad news. Kenny has had a rough go of it ever since that acciident.

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