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Young lost disputed decision to Ali

2/22/2005

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.

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.