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Orlin Levance Norris (born October 4, 1965 in Lubbock, Texas)[1] is an American boxer who held the WBA cruiserweight title and fought in several noteworthy boxing matches in the 1980s and 1990s. He is the brother of retired former champion Terry Norris.

Orlin Norris
Statistics
Real nameOrlin Levance Norris
Nickname(s)Night Train / The Juice
Weight(s)Cruiserweight
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Reach70 in (178 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born (1965-10-04) October 4, 1965 (age 53)
Lubbock, Texas
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights70
Wins57
Wins by KO30
Losses10
Draws1
No contests2

As an amateur, he won the National Golden Gloves title.

Norris turned pro in 1986 as a heavyweight and became a highly ranked and much avoided contender.

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Heavyweight contenderEdit

In 1988 he won the NABF heavyweight title with a decision over the towering Larry Alexander, and followed it up with more easy points wins over respected challengers Renaldo Snipes, Jesse Ferguson, and ex-world champion Greg Page (boxer).

Page had been considered as an opponent for Evander Holyfield; however, after defeating Page, the shot was not offered to Norris. In 1990 he was outboxed by crafty ex-world champion Tony Tubbs (a decision later changed to a no-decision after Tubbs tested positive for an illegal substance), and followed up that momentum killer with a further loss, an 8th round TKO to hard hitting Bert Cooper, where Norris was decked in the 8th round and twisted his knee, unable to continue.

In 1990 Norris regained some ground by beating future world champion Oliver McCall by split decision, and in 1991 regained his NABF title with a first round knockout of Lionel Washington. He defended the title against ex-world champion Tony Tucker; however, he lost on a controversial split decision, after it appeared Norris had outboxed his giant opponent rather easily.

Cruiserweight World ChampionEdit

After the Tucker performance, Norris struggled to find contenders who would risk fighting him, and was forced to move down a division, into the cruiserweights. Having won the USBA belt in that division, in 1993 Norris beat Marcelo Victor Figueroa to capture the vacant WBA cruiserweight title and went on to successfully defend the title five times, including two wins over Arthur Williams and a victory over Adolpho Washington (two future world champs). Norris also retained his WBA Cruiserweight title in Mexico with a crushing win over fellow American James Heath.

In 1995 the weight draining caught up with Norris, as a very sluggish, strange performance saw him lose his belt to Nate Miller via 8th round KO in London, England. Norris was hospitalised after the fight although he checked himself out the following morning.

Return to heavyweightEdit

In 1996 he moved back up to heavyweight and scored a revenge win over an aging Tony Tucker; however, a long legal battle with Don King saw him lose his WBA mandatory #1 challenger status and instead of a challenge to King-promoted champion Evander Holyfield, Norris was forced to fight 6'7" King-managed heavyweight Henry Akinwande in an eliminator. Akinwande stayed at long range and scraped a decision over Norris. Once again a heavyweight title fight escaped Norris.

In 1999 he travelled to the UK and demolished colourful prospect Pele Reid in one round, but Herbie Hide pulled out of a WBO title fight with Norris at the last minute.

Norris fought Mike Tyson in 1999. After the first round ended, Tyson knocked Norris down with a left hook and Norris injured his knee when he went down. Norris said he was unable to continue the fight and the bout was ruled a no contest. After the fight, Norris received an MRI scan at the Valley Hospital Medical Center and was diagnosed with a dislocated kneecap. Nevada State Athletic Commission physician Dr. Flip Homansky confirmed that the scan "clearly shows the path his kneecap took" as he fell and then got back up, popping it back into place. Tyson accused Norris of throwing the match.[2] Norris was an aging fighter by the time he came back in 2000, outscored by Andrew Golota, and in 2001 making little effort and collapsing in sixty seconds against Vitali Klitschko in Germany, and losing a 12 round decision to Brian Nielsen in Denmark for the IBO title.

In 2005, he scored a draw with former champion Vassiliy Jirov, injecting some life back into his career.

Professional boxing recordEdit

57 Wins (30 knockouts, 27 decisions), 10 Losses (4 knockouts, 6 decisions), 1 Draw, 2 No Contest [3]
Result Record Opponent Type Rounds Date Location Notes
Loss 57-10-1
2 NC
  Ola Afolabi TKO 7 (8) 03/11/2005   4th and B, San Diego, United States
Draw 57-9-1
2 NC
  Vassiliy Jirov MD 8 21/07/2005   Palace Indian Gaming Center, Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 57–9
2 NC
  Albert Sosnowski MD 8 28/05/2005   Staples Center, Los Angeles, United States
Win 57–8
2 NC
  Ken Murphy TKO 6 (8) 01/10/2004   Spotlight 29 Casino, Coachella, California, United States
Win 56–8
2 NC
  Mike Peak UD 8 19/06/2004   Home Depot Center, Carson, California, United States Peak took a standing 8 count in the 7th..
Win 55–8
2 NC
  Roberto Coelho UD 8 13/05/2004   San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, United States
Win 54–8
2 NC
  Troy Weida TKO 3 (10) 13/06/2003   Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City, Oregon, United States
Win 53–8
2 NC
  Harry Funmaker TKO 5 (10) 15/03/2003   Ho-Chunk Casino, Baraboo, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 52–8
2 NC
  Brian Nielsen UD 12 16/06/2001   Brøndby hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark For IBC Heavyweight title.
Win 52–7
2 NC
  Brian Yates UD 8 24/04/2001   Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, United States
Loss 51–7
2 NC
  Vitali Klitschko KO 1 (12) 27/01/2001   Rudi Sedlmayer Halle, Munich, Germany For vacant WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.
Win 51–6
2 NC
  Bradley Rone UD 10 02/11/2000   Coeur d'Alene Casino, Worley, Idaho, United States
Loss 50–6
2 NC
  Andrew Golota UD 10 16/06/2000   Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
NC 50–5
2 NC
  Mike Tyson NC 1 (10) 23/10/1999   MGM Grand, Las Vegas, United States Norris was hit and knocked down after the bell, injuring his knee in the fall, resulting in NC.
Win 50–5
1 NC
  Pele Reid KO 1 (8) 26/06/1999   New London Arena, Millwall, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 49–5
1 NC
  Nate Miller UD 12 06/08/1998   Grand Casino Avoyelles, Marksville, Louisiana, United States Retained IBA Super Cruiserweight title.
Win 48–5
1 NC
  Adolpho Washington UD 12 22/05/1998   Monroe, Michigan, United States Won vacant IBA Super Cruiserweight title.
Loss 47–5
1 NC
  Henry Akinwande UD 12 13/12/1997   Amphitheater, Pompano Beach, Florida, United States
Win 47–4
1 NC
  Marion Wilson SD 10 14/11/1996   Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland, United States
Win 46–4
1 NC
  Jeff Pegues KO 1 (?) 12/10/1996   Forum di Assago, Milan, Italy
Win 45–4
1 NC
  Tony Tucker SD 10 24/02/1996   Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia, United States
Win 44–4
1 NC
  Cleveland Woods RTD 6 (10) 10/02/1996   MGM Grand, Las Vegas, United States
Loss 43–4
1 NC
  Nate Miller KO 8 (12) 22/07/1995   New London Arena, Millwall, London, England, United Kingdom Lost WBA World Cruiserweight title.
Win 43–3
1 NC
  Adolpho Washington UD 12 17/03/1995   Memorial Auditorium, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States Retained WBA World Cruiserweight title.
Win 42–3
1 NC
  James Heath KO 2 (12) 12/11/1994   Plaza Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico Retained WBA World Cruiserweight title.
Win 41–3
1 NC
  Arthur Williams TKO 3 (12) 02/07/1994   Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, United States Retained WBA World Cruiserweight title.
Win 40–3
1 NC
  Arthur Williams SD 12 04/03/1994   MGM Grand, Las Vegas, United States Retained WBA World Cruiserweight title.
Win 39–3
1 NC
  Art Jimmerson TKO 4 (?) 09/01/1994   Del Mar, California, United States
Win 38–3
1 NC
  Marcelo Victor Figueroa TKO 6 (12) 06/11/1993   Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, France Won vacant WBA World Cruiserweight title.
Win 37–3
1 NC
  Jack Basting TKO 4 (10) 19/08/1993   Sedalia, Missouri, United States The bout was stopped due to Basting's badly swollen left eye.
Win 36–3
1 NC
  Richard Mason UD 12 23/04/1993   The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee, United States Retained NABF Cruiserweight title.
Win 35–3
1 NC
  Troy Jefferson TKO 2 (8) 06/02/1993   Sports Arena, San Diego, United States
Win 34–3
1 NC
  David Sewell TKO 5 (12) 25/11/1992   Las Vegas, United States Retained NABF Cruiserweight title.
Win 33–3
1 NC
  Keith McMurray KO 2 (?) 27/05/1992   San Diego, United States
Win 32–3
1 NC
  Anthony Hembrick TKO 8 (12) 25/03/1992   San Diego, United States Retained NABF Cruiserweight title. Hembrick was knocked down three times in round 8.
Win 31–3
1 NC
  James Pritchard PTS 8 13/12/1991   Palais Omnisports, Bercy, France
Win 30–3
1 NC
  Jesse Shelby TD 10 (12) 17/08/1991   Sports Arena, San Diego, United States Won vacant NABF Cruiserweight title. An accidental headbutt caused a cut over the right eye of Norris. The fight went to the scorecards.
Loss 29–3
1 NC
  Tony Tucker SD 12 03/06/1991   Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, United States Lost NABF Heavyweight title.
Win 29–2
1 NC
  Lionel Washington TKO 1 (12) 30/04/1991   Country Club, Reseda, California, United States Won vacant NABF Heavyweight title. Title had been vacated by Ray Mercer when he won the WBO title.
Win 28–2
1 NC
  Jamie Howe TKO 7 (10) 09/02/1991   Madison Square Garden, New York, United States
Win 27–2
1 NC
  Tony Willis RTD 9 (10) 11/12/1990   Country Club, Reseda, California, United States
Win 26–2
1 NC
  Oliver McCall SD 10 17/11/1990   Lee County Civic Center, Fort Myers, Florida, United States
Win 25–2
1 NC
  Henry Hearns KO 1 (?) 17/11/1990   Country Club, Reseda, California, United States
Win 24–2
1 NC
  Greg Gorrell TKO 8 (10) 25/09/1990   Country Club, Reseda, California, United States
Win 23–2
1 NC
  Danny Wofford TKO 10 (10) 28/08/1990   Country Club, Reseda, California, United States
Loss 22–2
1 NC
  Bert Cooper TKO 8 (10) 17/02/1990   Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, Canada Lost NABF Heavyweight title.
ND 22–1
1 NC
  Tony Tubbs NC 12 21/11/1989   Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California, United States Retained NABF Heavyweight title. Originally Tubbs was initially announced as the victor. ND because he tested positive for an illegal substance.
Win 22–1   Dee Collier UD 12 01/08/1989   Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, United States Retained NABF Heavyweight title.
Win 21–1   Greg Page UD 12 25/04/1989   Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, United States Retained NABF Heavyweight title.
Win 20–1   Jesse Ferguson UD 12 15/11/1988   San Diego, United States Retained NABF Heavyweight title.
Win 19–1   Dwain Bonds UD 12 27/07/1988   Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, United States Retained NABF Heavyweight title.
Win 18–1   Andrew Stokes PTS 10 27/05/1988   Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, United States
Win 17–1   Renaldo Snipes UD 12 19/03/1988   Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, United States Retained NABF Heavyweight title.
Win 16–1   Woody Clark KO 1 (10) 23/02/1988   Country Club, Reseda, California, United States
Win 15–1   Larry Alexander MD 12 25/11/1987   Bally's Las Vegas, Las Vegas, United States Won NABF Heavyweight title.
Win 14–1   Billy Joe Thomas TKO 3 (?) 04/09/1987   Bally's Las Vegas, Las Vegas, United States
Win 13–1   John Barbier KO 1 (10) 13/08/1987   Forum, Inglewood, California, United States Barbier down twice.
Win 12–1   Gary Lightbourne UD 10 25/05/1987   Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, United States
Win 11–1   Eddie Richardson KO 2 (10) 03/04/1987   Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, United States
Win 10–1   Avery Rawls PTS 10 20/03/1987   Las Vegas, United States
Win 9–1   Mike Gans KO 7 (10) 26/02/1987   El Cortez Hotel, San Diego, United States
Win 8–1   Rufus Hadley UD 10 12/02/1987   Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, United States
Win 7–1   Roger Troupe KO 2 (6) 05/02/1987   Raincross Square, Riverside, California, United States Troupe down twice.
Win 6–1   David Smith UD 4 21/11/1986   Country Club, Reseda, California, United States
Win 5–1   Mike Bardwell UD 6 28/10/1986   Country Club, Reseda, California, United States
Win 4–1   Ricky Reese TKO 1 (6) 25/09/1986   Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, United States Reese apparently took a thumb in the eye and was unable to continue.
Win 3–1   Ray Mitchell UD 4 18/09/1986   El Cortez Hotel, San Diego, United States
Loss 2–1   Olian Alexander PTS 4 02/08/1986   San Diego, United States
Win 2–0   Levi Billups KO 1 (4) 25/07/1986   Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, United States
Win 1–0   Lionel Washington KO 3 (?) 16/06/1986   Civic Auditorium, Bakersfield, California, United States
Achievements
Preceded by
Larry Alexander
NABF Heavyweight Champion
25 November 1987 – 17 February 1990
Succeeded by
Bert Cooper
Preceded by
Ray Mercer
Vacated
NABF Heavyweight Champion
30 April 1991 – 3 June 1991
Succeeded by
Tony Tucker
Preceded by
James Warring
Vacated
NABF Cruiserweight Champion
17 August 1991 – 6 November 1993
Vacated
Succeeded by
Thomas Hearns
Preceded by
Bobby Czyz
Vacated
WBA Cruiserweight Champion
6 November 1993 – 22 July 1995
Succeeded by
Nate Miller

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lubbock, Texas". City-Data.com. Retrieved May 31, 2014.
  2. ^ Schuyler, Ed. "Knee, Not Ear, New Source of Tyson's Woes". Daily Times. Associated Press. Retrieved 2013-03-22.
  3. ^ http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=515&cat=boxer

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