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40 years ago today, George Foreman went 40-0 as a professional boxer. On March 26, 1974, Foreman defended his heavyweight title almost effortlessly as he belabored Ken Norton into senselessness in five minutes with a TKO in the second round in Caracas, Venezuela. (Neil Leifer/SI)

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40 years ago today, George Foreman went 40-0 as a professional boxer. On March 26, 1974, Foreman defended his heavyweight title almost effortlessly as he belabored Ken Norton into senselessness in five minutes with a TKO in the second round in Caracas, Venezuela. (Neil Leifer/SI)
GALLERY: Neil Leifer’s Iconic Boxing Photos

Happy 64th birthday to the great George Foreman. In this 1974 photo, Foreman knocks out Ken Norton during a fight in Caracas, Venezuala. (Neil Leifer/SI)

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Happy 64th birthday to the great George Foreman. In this 1974 photo, Foreman knocks out Ken Norton during a fight in Caracas, Venezuala. (Neil Leifer/SI)
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Muhammad Ali punches Ken Norton during their 1976 fight at Yankee Stadium. The two fought twice in 1973, splitting the fights, before the ‘76 rubber match. Ali slugged his way to a unanimous decision in 15 rounds. Norton’s own coaches believed their fighter had a comfortable lead heading into the 15th and advised Norton to stay away from Ali, which he did, possibly giving the fight away. After the bout, even Ali admitted he thought he had been beaten. (Jerry Cooke/SI)

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Muhammad Ali punches Ken Norton during their 1976 fight at Yankee Stadium. The two fought twice in 1973, splitting the fights, before the ‘76 rubber match. Ali slugged his way to a unanimous decision in 15 rounds. Norton’s own coaches believed their fighter had a comfortable lead heading into the 15th and advised Norton to stay away from Ali, which he did, possibly giving the fight away. After the bout, even Ali admitted he thought he had been beaten. (Jerry Cooke/SI)
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SI photographer Neil Leifer captures the aerial view of Ken Norton on the ropes after being knocked down by George Foreman in the second round of their 1974 fight. Norton was knocked down three times in two rounds, giving a TKO victory to Foreman. (Neil Leifer/SI)

SI VAULT: Foreman easily disposes of Norton (4.8.74)

SI photographer Neil Leifer captures the aerial view of Ken Norton on the ropes after being knocked down by George Foreman in the second round of their 1974 fight. Norton was knocked down three times in two rounds, giving a TKO victory to Foreman. (Neil Leifer/SI)
SI VAULT: Foreman easily disposes of Norton (4.8.74)

Muhammad Ali and Ken Norton exchange blows during their 1973 fight in San Diego, the first of their three bouts against one another. Ali would wind up losing a 12-round decision after Norton broke his jaw early in the fight. (Neil Leifer/SI) 

SI VAULT: Ali looking for revenge after broken jaw against Norton (4.23.73)
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Muhammad Ali and Ken Norton exchange blows during their 1973 fight in San Diego, the first of their three bouts against one another. Ali would wind up losing a 12-round decision after Norton broke his jaw early in the fight. (Neil Leifer/SI) 
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