New York, US – American boxer Ken Norton, best known for breaking the jaw of legendary Muhammad Ali whom he defeated in a monumental upset in 1973, has died at the age of 70, the online fightnews.com reported.
Norton, who passed away on Wednesday morning, later lost two close decisions to Ali.
He also fought with Larry Holmes while amassing a career mark of 42 victories, with 33 knockouts, seven losses and one draw. Holmes won the fight by the narrowest of margins.
He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992.
Norton had suffered a serious stroke last year.
He retired in 1981 and turned his attention to charitable projects.
Norton would later appear in about 20 motion pictures, while also working as a television and radio sports commentator.
Twice voted “Father of the Year” by the Los Angeles Sentinel and the Los Angeles Times in 1977, Norton left behind two sons, Ken Norton Jr., who played professional football, and Keith, who was once a sports anchor for a television station in Houston.