History | Mar 31 2018

On This Day: Ken Norton breaks Muhammad Ali’s jaw

Ken Norton was thought to have confirmed the demise of Muhammad Ali on this day in 1973, writes Matt Christie
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WITH the world reeling from George Foreman’s stunning victory over Joe Frazier, 31-year-old Muhammad Ali opted to stay busy and signed to fight ninth-ranked, but largely unknown, Ken Norton on March 31, 1973.

But the San Diego fight, expected to be another routine win on the braggart’s comeback trail, upset the heavyweight order even further.

Ali entered the ring wearing a pristine jewel encrusted robe, a gift from Elvis Presley. He would never wear it again.