HSK Remembers Ken Norton…by Jacky Jasper
“I train for my fights mentally as well as physically.” ~Ken Norton
Farewell To A Boxing Legend…
He’s best known for being the three-time championship fighter to step into the ring with Muhammad Ali to battle for the title. Some of you may remember him as the man Sly wanted to play Apollo Creed in “Rocky”, but I remember Ken Norton most from his role in ‘Mandingo’, from watching TV as a kid.
“Norton acted in many movies, most notably the 1975 Hollywood film “Mandingo,” in which he played the slave Mede, who is trained to fight by his owner.” ~The New York Times
Ken Norton went on to become the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion. He passed away at the age of 70, yesterday in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson.
Here’s what George Forman Tweeted in remembrance of his homey:
According the Associated Press, Norton’s death was confirmed by his son Ken Jr., an assistant coach with the N.F.L.’s Seattle Seahawks and a pro linebacker for 13 seasons. Sources say Norton had been in poor health for several years after sustaining a series of strokes.
“Norton continued making TV, radio and public speaking appearances until suffering injuries in a near-fatal car accident in 1986. It left him with slurred speech.”
RIP Ken Norton…