Young lost disputed decision to Ali

Updated: February 22, 2005, 1:23 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Former heavyweight boxer Jimmy Young, who beat George Foreman and fought Muhammad Ali and Ken Norton in the 1970s, has died. He was 56.

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Young died Sunday at Hahnemann University Hospital, a spokeswoman told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The Philadelphia Daily News reported that he died of heart disease after a six-day hospitalization.

The 6-1, 210-pound Young compiled a 35-18-3 record with 12 knockouts during a career that spanned from 1969-90.

Young lost a championship bout to Ali on April 30, 1976, although some boxing experts disputed the decision. He beat Foreman nearly a year later in a 12-round decision in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on March 17, 1977. But perhaps his toughest loss was a split decision to Norton on Nov. 5, 1977, in a WBC elimination bout in Las Vegas.

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