Before other sports matched the money and none of the danger, boxing was must-watch theater, a distillation of the rags-to-riches narrative that personified the American Dream. And Ken Norton was Exhibit A.
As a child growing up in racially polarized Detroit, I always believed Ali was our champion and Frazier was the white man’s champion.
“The world has lost a great Champion. I will always remember Joe with respect and admiration. My sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones.” — Muhammad Ali, who had three memorable fights against Frazier.