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Ken Norton, the split-decision heavyweight boxer


Mecca V.I.P.
Dec 17, 2016
An unknown journeyman who fought for the money, Ken Norton rose to fame when he defeated Muhammad Ali by split decision. In their rematch, it was Ali’s turn to win by a split decision. And to settle the score, they had a 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] fight where Ali won this time by unanimous decision. But Norton had earned the moniker jaw breaker because Ali had admitted that he suffered a broken jaw in his first fight with Norton. And although Norton did not become a bona-fide world heavyweight champion, he was awarded the honor retroactively when champion Leon Spinks insisted on fighting Ali in a rematch after grabbing the belt in their first fight.