In this Sept. 10, 1973, file photo, Muhammad Ali, right, winces as Ken Norton hits him with a left to the head during their re-match at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File)
Los Angeles September 10th 1973: The press credential for the second Muhammad Ali v Ken Norton fight. (Photo by Michael Brennan/Getty Images)
Heavyweight boxer Ken Norton looks on in this portrait circa 1977. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Muhammad Ali, left, comes out of the corner at Ken Norton, right, during the WBC/WBA heavyweight title fight September 28, 1976 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx borough of New York City. Ali retained the title with a twelve round unanimous decision. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Ken Norton and Muhammad Ali on the cover. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)
Ken Norton (L) lands a punch against Muhammad Ali during the fight at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Muhammad Ali won the NABF heavyweight title by a SD 12. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)
Ken Norton, right, fights Jimmy Young, left, in an Eliminator WBC heavyweight fight November 5, 1977 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. Norton won the fight in a fifteen round split decision. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Ken Norton celebrates winning the fight against Ron Stander at Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. Ken Norton won by a TKO 5. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)
Former boxer Ken Norton appears onstage at the Keep Memory Alive foundation’s “Power of Love Gala” celebrating Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena February 18, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event benefits the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Muhammad Ali Center. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former heavyweight champion Ken Norton, who beat Muhammad Ali and then lost a controversial decision to him in Yankee Stadium, has died.
His son says he passed away 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 of his said.
Gene Kilroy, who was Ali’s former business manager, says he’s sure Norton is “in heaven now with all the great fighters,” and Kilroy would like to hear that conversation.
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 Sept. 28, 1976, at Yankee Stadium and Ali narrowly won to keep his heavyweight title.
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