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Terry Norris
Personal information
Real name: Terry Norris
Nickname(s): Terrible
Nationality: American
Date of birth: (1967-06-17) June 17, 1967 (age 50)
Place of birth: Lubbock, Texas, USA
Personal Statistics
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Boxing career information

Terry Wayne Norris is a retired American boxer and a three-time world champion in the light middleweight division. Originally from Lubbock, Texas, he fought out of San Diego.

Early boxing careerEdit

A star baseball player during his high school years, Norris bypassed a career on the diamond for one in the ring, amassing a stellar 291-4 amateur record. Displaying a stunning combination of hand and foot speed as well as the ability to throw dizzying combos, Norris' athletic ability was an uncanny attribute in the ring. After turning pro Norris compiled a record of twenty one wins and two losses before challenging Julian Jackson in Norris's first title fight. He beat future champion Steve Little for the NABF junior middleweight title in December, 1988, and defended once against Buster Drayton. His two losses were by unanimous decision to Derrick Kelley and a disqualification to Joe Walker when Norris hit Walker when Walker was down.

Norris challenged Julian Jackson for the WBA junior middleweight belt in July 1989. Norris seemed to win the first round, but a big second-round right cross from the champion knocked Norris out. Norris made it to his feet before the count but was deemed unfit to continue by referee Joe Cortez.

First championship reignEdit

After winning three comeback fights, including a victory over former welterweight champion Jorge Vaca, Norris traveled to Tampa, Florida, in March 1990 to challenge John Mugabi for the WBC junior middleweight title. Norris wasted no time in stopping the champion, flooring him twice in the first round - the second time for the full count - and thus starting what would be the first of three reigns as champion.

After defending his belt against Rene Jacquot, Norris faced the legendary Sugar Ray Leonard in Madison Square Garden in February 1991. Norris easily beat the faded Sugar Ray via a 12-round unanimous verdict. His next defense, a June victory over another former welterweight kingpin - Donald Curry - further cemented Norris' place in the history of the 154-lb. division as Norris wore down his foe and knocked him out in the eighth.

Other prominent foes in that first reign included the tough future titlist Jorge Castro and two welterweight champions, Meldrick Taylor (then the WBA champion), and Maurice Blocker (who held the IBF version at the time of his challenge).

Losing and regaining titleEdit

In a shocking upset in December, 1993, Simon Brown, former WBC and IBF welterweight titlist, knocked out Norris in four rounds to win the title and halt Norris' defense streak at ten. Ring magazine named this fight as their "Upset of the Year" for 1993. In their rematch, Norris then regained the title by unanimous verdict over Brown in May 1994.

His second reign proved short when he lost the title by disqualification to Luis Santana in November, 1994. The decision to disqualify Norris was controversial. Norris hit Santana in the back of the head and Santana went down, claiming he was unable to continue. Some at ringside, however, felt that Santana refused to get up in order to gain the disqualification win. Because of the controversial nature of the match, a rematch was ordered. Norris also lost the April, 1995, rematch by disqualification, this time for hitting Santana after the bell had sounded to end the round. In their third fight in August of that year, Norris knocked out Santana to regain his title.

Norris then won a 12-round unanimous decision over hated San Diego rival Paul Vaden in December 1995 to add Vaden's IBF title to his WBC version, and made defenses against Vincent Pettway (former IBF champion), Nick Rupa, and Alex Rios, before being stripped of the IBF title by that sanctioning body in 1997. Keith Mullings then ended Norris's championship career by way of ninth-round knockout in December 1997.

Post-championship careerEdit

Norris fought twice more after losing his title. Dana Rosenblatt defeated him by twelve-round decision in a middleweight bout and then WBA junior middleweight champion Laurent Boudouani ended his boxing career with a ninth round knockout.

Norris was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005.

Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Mugabi
WBC Light Middleweight Champion
31 March 1990– 18 December 1993
Succeeded by
Simon Brown
Preceded by
Simon Brown
WBC Light Middleweight Champion
7 May 1994– 12 November 1994
Succeeded by
Luis Santana
Preceded by
Luis Santana
WBC Light Middleweight Champion
19 August 1995– 6 December 1997
Succeeded by
Keith Mullings
Preceded by
Paul Vaden
IBF Light Middleweight Champion
16 December 1995– March 1997
Vacates title
Succeeded by
Raúl Márquez

Professional boxing recordEdit

47 Wins (31 knockouts, 16 decisions), 9 Losses (4 knockouts, 5 decisions) [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 37-2-1 22x20px Laurent Boudouani TKO 9 30/11/1998 22x20px Paris WBA World Light Middleweight Title.
Loss 32-1 United States Dana Rosenblatt UD 12 25/09/1998 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut IBA World Middleweight Title. 113-115, 112-116, 113-115.
Loss 14-4-1 United States Keith Mullings TKO 9 06/12/1997 United States Caesars, Atlantic City, New Jersey WBC World Light Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 0:51 of the ninth round.
Win 17-7-1 Mexico Andres Arellano Sandoval KO 2 10/09/1997 United States The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada Sandoval knocked out at 2:27 of the second round.
Win 22-13-1 22x20px Joaquin Velasquez KO 2 08/08/1997 United States Station Casino, Kansas City, Missouri Velasquez knocked out at 0:45 of the second round.
Win 26-4-1 Canada Nick Rupa TKO 10 11/01/1997 United States Nashville Arena, Nashville, Tennessee IBF/WBC World Light Middleweight Titles.
Win 18-2 United States Alex Rios TKO 5 07/09/1996 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada IBF/WBC World Light Middleweight Titles. Referee stopped the bout at 2:08 of the fifth round.
Win 38-5-1 United States Vincent Pettway TKO 8 24/02/1996 United States Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia IBF/WBC World Light Middleweight Titles. Referee stopped the bout at 2:41 of the eighth round.
Win 13-0-1 22x20px Jorge Luis Vado TKO 2 27/01/1996 United States Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona IBF/WBC World Light Middleweight Titles. Referee stopped the bout at 0:42 of the second round.
Win 24-0 United States Paul Vaden UD 12 16/12/1995 United States Core States Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania IBF/WBC World Light Middleweight Titles. 119-109, 120-108, 118-110.
Win 40-4-1 United States David Gonzalez TKO 9 16/09/1995 United States The Mirage, Las Vegas, Nevada WBC World Light Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:59 of the ninth round.
Win 40-15-2 22x20px Luis Santana TKO 2 19/08/1995 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada WBC World Light Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:09 of the second round.
Loss 39-15-2 22x20px Luis Santana DQ 3 08/04/1995 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada WBC World Light Middleweight Title. Norris disqualified after the third round for hitting after the bell.
Loss 38-15-2 22x20px Luis Santana DQ 5 12/11/1994 Mexico Plaza Mexico, Mexico City WBC World Light Middleweight Title. Norris disqualified for hitting Santana on the back of the head, causing Santana to colapse to the canvas.
Win 41-2 22x20px Simon "Mantequilla" Brown UD 12 07/05/1994 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada WBC World Light Middleweight Title. 118-109, 117-111, 116-112.
Win 1-9-1 Mexico Armando Campas KO 4 18/03/1994 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Campas knocked out at 2:19 of the fourth round.
Loss 39-2 22x20px Simon "Mantequilla" Brown KO 4 18/12/1993 Mexico Estadio Cuauhtemoc, Puebla, Puebla WBC World Light Middleweight Title. Norris knocked out at 1:06 of the fourth round.
Win 20-2 Canada Joe Gatti TKO 1 10/09/1993 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas WBC World Light Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:28 of the first round.
Win 20-2 22x20px Troy Waters TKO 3 19/06/1993 United States San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California WBC World Light Middleweight Title.
Win 34-2 United States Maurice Blocker TKO 2 20/02/1993 Mexico Estadio Azteca, Mexico City WBC World Light Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 0:49 of the second round.
Win 18-3 United States Pat Lawlor RTD 3 13/12/1992 United States The Mirage, Las Vegas, Nevada Lawlor retired after the third round.
Win 29-1-1 United States Meldrick Taylor TKO 4 09/05/1992 United States The Mirage, Las Vegas, Nevada WBC World Light Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:55 of the fourth round.
Win 26-0 United States Carl Daniels TKO 9 22/02/1992 United States San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California WBC World Light Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:37 of the ninth round.
Win 67-2-2 Argentina Jorge Fernando Castro UD 12 13/12/1991 22x20px Palais omnisports, Bercy, Paris WBC World Light Middleweight Title. 120-112, 117-111, 118-110.
Win 30-5 United States Brett Lally TKO 1 17/08/1991 United States San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California WBC World Light Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:40 of the first round.
Win 33-4 United States Donald Curry KO 8 01/06/1992 United States Radisson Resort, Palm Springs, California WBC World Light Middleweight Title. Curry knocked out at 2:54 of the eighth round.
Win 36-1-1 United States Sugar Ray Leonard UD 12 09/02/1991 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City WBC World Light Middleweight Title. 119-103, 120-104, 116-110.
Win 26-10-1 22x20px Rene Jacquot UD 12 13/07/1990 22x20px Patinoire d'Annecy, Annecy, Upper Savoy WBC World Light Middleweight Title. 120-107, 117-109, 119-108.
Win 36-2 22x20px John Mugabi KO 1 31/03/1990 United States Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida WBC World Light Middleweight Title. Mugabi knocked out at 2:47 of the first round.
Win 22-2 United States Tony Montgomery UD 12 21/11/1989 United States Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California WBC NABF Light Middleweight Title. 117-107, 118-106, 117-106.
Win 42-8-1 Mexico Jorge Vaca SD 10 09/10/1989 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California
Win 12-6 United States Nathan Dryer KO 4 21/09/1989 United States El Cortez Apartment Hotel, San Diego, California
Loss 37-1 22x20px Julian Jackson TKO 2 30/07/1989 United States Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey WBA World Light Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:33 of the second round.
Win 12-2 United States Ralph Ward UD 10 23/05/1989 United States The Showboat, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 33-11-1 United States Buster Drayton UD 12 28/03/1989 United States Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada WBC NABF Light Middleweight Title. 117-111, 119-108, 120-107.
Win 16-8-1 United States Steve "Lightning" Little TKO 6 09/12/1988 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada WBC NABF Light Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:06 of the sixth round.
Win 9-8 United States Gilbert Baptist UD 10 18/10/1988 United States El Cortez Apartment Hotel, San Diego, California 99-91, 97-93, 96-94.
Win 10-0 United States Quincy Taylor UD 10 12/08/1988 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada 97-94, 97-94, 96-94.
Win 13-9-1 United States Clayton Hires KO 2 28/03/1988 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California Hires knocked out at 1:14 of the second round.
Win 14-2-1 United States Richard Aguirre TKO 3 03/02/1988 United States Riverside, California
Win 13-14 Mexico Roman Nunez KO 1 21/01/1988 United States San Diego, California Nunez knocked out at 2:58 of the first round.
Loss 7-0-1 United States "Smokin" Joe Walker DQ 1 25/11/1987 United States Bally's, Las Vegas, Nevada Norris disqualified for hitting Walker while he was down.
Win 5-0 22x20px Edward Neblett TKO 6 04/09/1987 United States Bally's, Las Vegas, Nevada Referee stopped the bout at 2:10 of the sixth round.
Loss 16-1-2 United States Derrick Kelly UD 10 13/08/1987 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California 94-96, 95-96, 94-97.
Win 8-3 United States Nathan Dryer TKO 3 27/05/1987 United States Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Referee stopped the bout at 1:33 of the third round.
Win 3-2 United States Sergio Nieto Rayos TKO 1 03/04/1987 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada Referee stopped the bout at 0:40 of the first round.
Win 3-1 United States Mauro Veronica KO 2 26/03/1987 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California Veronica knocked out at 2:36 of the second round.
Win 0-1-1 Tino Leon KO 1 16/03/1987 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California Leon knocked out at 2:45 of the first round.
Win 0-2 United States Dick Green KO 1 26/02/1987 United States El Cortez Apartment Hotel, San Diego, California Green knocked out at 0:53 of the first round.
Win 4-2 United States Gilbert Baptist UD 4 05/02/1987 United States Raincross Square, Riverside, California
Win 2-0 United States Lang McGowan PTS 4 03/12/1986 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Win 0-1-1 United States Carlos Gutierrez UD 4 21/11/1986 United States Reseda Country Club, Reseda, California
Win 2-0 United States Daryl Colquitt KO 4 07/10/1986 United States Reseda Country Club, Reseda, California
Win 1-0-2 United States George Murphy PTS 4 25/09/1986 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Win 0-0-1 United States Carlos Gutierrez UD 4 13/08/1986 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California 39-38, 39-37, 39-37.
Win -- United States Jose Luis Cordova KO 1 02/08/1986 United States San Jose, California

Additional informationEdit

  • Once entertaining scholarships to several schools, Norris quit baseball after a brawl on the field. "We were playing another team one day", Norris recalled, "and there were some racial comments made toward me. I was a little thrown off by it. I rushed the guy who said them, and their whole team jumped on me. I put three guys in the hospital, which was the bad thing of it. People said things like, 'Maybe this guy's a troublemaker,' so a lot of my scholarships fell through.[1]
  • He settled a lawsuit out of court with Don King for a sum of $7.5 million in 2005.
  • Brother of Former IBF Cruiserweight Champion Orlin Norris.
  • The speech of Terry Norris was noticeably slurred even in his early thirties and quite startling to anyone who remembered him from just a few years earlier. After his last defeat, the Nevada athletic commission turned him down for a new license, basing its decision on his impaired speech, which was indicative of brain damage.
  • Norris was known to spar 12 rounds every other day in preparation for fights. Some speculate that this intense training routine is a factor which may have ultimately led to his early expiration as a fighter.
  • In preparation for his fight against John "The Beast" Mugabi, his strength trainer put Terry on a regimented weight training program. He went on to KO Mugabi and win the W.B.C. Super Welterweight championship. He continued his strength training for the duration of his career.
  • A source close to the Norris camp is quoted as saying "The best boxing I ever watched live was sparring between the Norris brothers."[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. A Champion Who's Fighting Obscurity - New York Times
  2. BDPboxing

External linksEdit

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