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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kenneth Howard Norton  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: August 9, 1943 in Jacksonville, Illinois

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Born in Jacksonville, Illinois

Biographical and Professional Information

He is a former world champion heavyweight boxer. Norton is one of the few to beat Muhammad Ali. Norton was an outstanding athlete at Jacksonville High School. His track coach entered him in eight events and Ken placed first in all. As a result, the "Ken Norton Rule" was instituted in Illinois high school sports which limits participation of an athlete to a maximum of three track and field events.


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Titles At Your Library

Going the Distance : The Ken Norton Story
ISBN: 1582612250

Sports Publishing LLC. 2000

The 1970s ushered in boxings greatest class of heavyweight fighters. The fight game has never before or since seen such a talented and charismatic group. Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, and Ken Norton have been hailed as Champions Forever, as the world heavyweight title was passed among them throughout the decade. On March 31, 1973, Norton broke Alis jaw in the process of winning a 12-round decision over The Greatest. Going the Distance will trace the incredible path of Nortons life, from Jacksonville, Illinois, to Northeast Missouri State University, to the U.S. Marines, to his historic bout with Ali in San Diego, California, and on to his life today. The book includes exclusive personal photos from Nortons collection, as well as a chronology of Nortons 49 professional fights. Foreword by Joe Frazier 6 x 9 Eight-page photo insert


Awards

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International Boxing Hall of Fame