EX HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP NORTON SUFFERS A HEART ATTACK
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Mon, 01 Oct 2012
World Boxing Council president Don Jose Sulaiman has announced that former heavyweight champion Ken Norton has suffered a heart attack and is in a delicate condition at a Las Vegas hospital.
Sulaiman who visited Norton in hospital said “He’s not good, though the doctor said to me that he will be OK.”
Because of the heart attack the 69 year old Norton was unable to attend the extremely successful “Legendary Night” event that was promoted by the WBC and Hublot Saturday night in Las Vegas.
The WBC raised $1 million by auctioning twelve Hublot watches with the photos of 12 boxing legends engraved on the watch.
The Norton watch fethched $60,000.
Aside from Norton, Oscar De La Hoya also failed to attend citing a family emergency.
Norton won the WBC heavyweight title when he scored a 15 round split decision over Jimmy Young in an eliminator for the title on November 5, 1977.
Shortly after the fight the WBC awarded Norton the title as Leon Spinks refused to defend the belt against the No.1 contender and instead fought Muhammad Ali.
In his first title defense Norton lost the title by a 15 round split decision to Larry Holmes on June 9, 1978..
In his last ring appearance Norton was lost by a 1st round TKO to “The Great White Hope” Gerry Cooney at Madison Square Garden on May 11, 1981.
Click here to view a list of other articles written by Ronnie Nathanielsz.
Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:
|NBA PLAOYFFS -- Celtics stun Cavs with Game 3 steal, 111-108|
By Andrew Schroeder, Tue, 23 May 2017Ruben Villa remains undefeated with 5th round stoppage in Ontario, California
By , Tue, 23 May 2017Sampson Lewkowicz Congratulates David Benavidez for Sensational KO of Porky Medina
By , Tue, 23 May 2017Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor Finally Face Off ... As Wood Statues (PHOTO GALLERY)
By , Tue, 23 May 2017DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT'S BROADWAY BOXING RETURNS TO FOXWOODS
By , Tue, 23 May 2017Super Channel to air Mega-Fight KELL BROOK vs. ERROL SPENCE, JR. May 27 from United Kingdom
By , Tue, 23 May 2017PACQUIAO STARTS TRAINING WITH ROACH
By Peter Maniatis, Mon, 22 May 2017Viktor Nemkov defeats Ronny Markes
By , Mon, 22 May 2017The Rock's Agent Working with UFC Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk
By , Mon, 22 May 2017POMAR BROTHERS FEATURED IN TALISAY CITY AMATEUR BOXING
By Rene Bonsubre, Jr., Mon, 22 May 2017MELINDO DROPS YAEGASHI 3 TIMES EN ROUTE TO FIRST ROUND STOPPAGE; UNIFIES IBF JR FLYWEIGHT BELT (PHOTOS / VIDEO)
By Dong Secuya, Sun, 21 May 2017TODAY: 3 locations, 2 networks, 1 incredible day of boxing action!
By , Sun, 21 May 2017PACQUIAO SPARS FOUR ROUNDS
By Peter Maniatis, Sat, 20 May 2017PETALCORIN: "I HOPE THE YAEGASHI-MELINDO WINNER HAS BALLS TO FIGHT ME"
By , Sat, 20 May 2017WITH ROACH'S ARRIVAL, PACQUIAO'S TRAINING WILL GO INTO HIGH GEAR STARTING MONDAY
By Eddie Alinea of Spin.ph, Sat, 20 May 2017YAEGASHI, MELINDO MAKE WEIGHT
By , Sat, 20 May 2017WEIGHTS FROM NEW YORK: CRAWFORD - 139.2 LBS., DIAZ - 139.4 LBS.
By , Sat, 20 May 2017ONE IN A MILLION: CANELO CEMENTS STATUS AS TOP DRAW IN BOXING AS PAY-PER-VIEW NUMBERS FROM MAY 6 FIGHT SET TO ECLIPSE SEVEN FIGURES
By , Sat, 20 May 2017UFC's Stipe Miocic Fighting for Romper Acceptance, 'Everyone Should Wear One' (VIDEO)
By , Sat, 20 May 2017PACQUIAO TO START SPARRING TODAY
By Peter Maniatis, Sat, 20 May 2017 GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX & LUIS ARIAS MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES
By , Sat, 20 May 2017King's Promotions card featuring Carlos Rosario against Josh Davis to air LIVE TONIGHT on Eleven Sports
By , Sat, 20 May 2017Undefeated prospect Marrero hires Galante as manager
By , Sat, 20 May 2017Arizona Boxing News & Notes with Don Smith: Pac vs. Horn Tickets on Fire, IB MMA Show at Celebrity & More
By Don Smith, Fri, 19 May 2017