Famed boxer Ken Norton dies at age 70

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Nevada (CNN) — Forty years after rising to the top of the boxing world and out dueling Muhammad Ali, Ken Norton lost his final fight — a battle following a stroke — at a Nevada medical facility, a friend said.

He was 70 years old when he died Wednesday at a Veterans Affairs’ medical facility in Henderson, Nevada, according to Gene Kilroy, who had managed Ali and more recently visited Norton as he recovered from a stroke.

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While some younger people may know him best as the father of former NFL linebacker and now a coach for the Seattle Seahawks Ken Norton Jr., the elder Norton was one of the most prominent figures in all of sports during the 1970s — in large part because of his consistently great bouts with Ali.

Their first showdown, in 1973, ended with Norton earning a split-decision victory — and…

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