Ken Norton Hospitalized
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.