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Canastota: Boxing legend Ken Norton to attend parade

The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced that heavyweight champion and Hall of Famer Ken Norton will be among the boxing celebrities in the Parade of Champions set for Sunday June 8 at 1 p.m. in Canastota.

The Parade of Champions is part of festivities planned for the 19th annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, June 5 through 8.

We are always thrilled to welcome Ken Norton back to Canastota for the Hall of Fame Weekend and the Parade of Champions, said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy.

He brought so much excitement to the heavyweight division in the 1970s and fans really enjoy seeing him.

A key player in the heavyweight division during the 1970s, Norton was the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion in 1978. He engaged in a classic three-fight series with Hall of Famer Muhammad Ali.

Also during his career Norton scored wins over Jerry Quarry and Jimmy Young among others.

In 1992 Norton was elected into the Boxing Hall of Fame.

More than 50 boxing stars, pageant caliber marching bands, drum and bugle corps, pipe bands, as well as floats and community organizations, are scheduled to participate in the parade.

For more information on Induction Weekend, call 697-7095 or visit ibhof.com.

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