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Going the distance
Norton, Ken.
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Publication Information:
Champaign, IL : Sports Pub., [2000]

Physical Description:
viii, 213 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

The correct ISBN, 1582612250, appears on the verso of the title page and on the back of the dust jacket. An incorrect ISBN, 1582612550, appears on the front inside flap of the dust jacket.
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GV1132.N67 N67 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
GV1132.N67 N67 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The 1970s ushered in boxing's 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 Ali's jaw in the process of winning a 12-round decision over "The Greatest." Going the Distance traces the incredible path of Norton's 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 Norton's collection, as well as a chronology of Norton's 49 professional fights.

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Library Journal Review

Norton, the likeable former Marine whose crossed-arm, off-kilter style gave Muhammad Ali fits in their three close fights in the 1970s, was briefly heavyweight champion himself before losing in a rousing battle with Larry Holmes. Following his retirement and several movie roles, Norton nearly died when his car tumbled from the Santa Monica Freeway in 1986. Norton emerged from the TV death watch and recovered enough to tell his story and see his son, Ken Norton Jr., become a star in the NFL. This book, with a foreword by Joe Frazier, is two-thirds a narrative of his dramatic life and one-third approving testimonials from family and friends. Norton harbors surprisingly little bitterness, especially toward the impressive group of men (Ali, Foreman, Shavers, Holmes) he fought in the ring: I!ve always liked Ali. I liked him before we fought; I liked him after we fought: Just not during. This patchy but honest telling of his life should appeal to Norton!s fans and to large sports collections."Nathan Ward, Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.