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Terry Wayne Norris (born June 17, 1967) is an American former boxer and a three-time world champion in the light-middleweight (super-welterweight) division. Originally from Lubbock, Texas, he fought out of San Diego.

Terry Norris
Statistics
Real nameTerry Norris
Nickname(s)Terrible
Weight(s)Light-middleweight
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
NationalityAmerican
Born (1967-06-17) June 17, 1967 (age 51)
Lubbock, Texas, USA
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights56
Wins47
Wins by KO31
Losses9

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BackgroundEdit

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 and winning 4 Texas State Golden Gloves titles. 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.

Professional boxing careerEdit

Norris turned professional in August 1986. He outpointed future middleweight title holder Quincy Taylor in August 1988. Norris beat future super-middleweight champion Steve Little to win the vacant NABF light-middleweight title in December 1988, and defended it against former IBF title holder Buster Drayton. Norris also picked up two losses; a unanimous decision to Derrick Kelley, and a disqualification loss to Joe Walker in the first round after Norris hit Walker when Walker was down.

In July 1989 at Atlantic City Convention Center, New Jersey, Norris challenged Julian Jackson for the WBA light-middleweight title. Norris won the first round with his speed and movement, but a big right cross from the champion knocked Norris down in round two. 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 light-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 scored two knockdowns and easily beat the faded Sugar Ray via a 12-round unanimous verdict. His next defense, a June victory over another former undisputed welterweight champion - 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 middleweight titlist Jorge Castro, and two reigning welterweight champions; WBA title-holder Meldrick Taylor, and IBF title-holder Maurice Blocker.

Losing and regaining titlesEdit

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 decision 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. Norris was given yet another shot at regaining the title, and in their third fight in August of that year, Norris knocked out Santana in two rounds.

In December 1995 Norris won a unanimous decision over hated San Diego rival Paul Vaden to add Vaden's IBF title to his WBC title, plus the vacant Lineal championship.[1] Norris made defenses against former IBF champion Vincent Pettway, Nick Rupa, and Alex Rios, before being stripped of the IBF title in 1997.

Keith Mullings ended Norris's championship career by way of ninth-round stoppage in December 1997, which also ended plans for a superfight with IBF welterweight champion Felix Trinidad.

Post-championship careerEdit

Norris fought twice more after losing his title. Dana Rosenblatt defeated him by unanimous 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.

Professional boxing recordEdit

47 Wins (31 KOs), 9 Losses (4 KOs) [1]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round,
Time
Date Location Notes
Loss 47–9   Laurent Boudouani TKO 9 (12) 30/11/1998   Palais des Sports, Paris, France For WBA light-middleweight title.
Loss 47–8   Dana Rosenblatt UD 12 25/09/1998   Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Loss 47–7   Keith Mullings TKO 9 (12),
0:51
06/12/1997   Caesars, Atlantic City, New Jersey Lost Lineal/WBC light-middleweight titles.
Win 47–6   Andres Arellano Sandoval KO 2 (10),
2:27
10/09/1997   The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 46–6   Joaquin Velasquez KO 2 (10) 08/08/1997   Station Casino, Kansas City, Missouri
Win 45–6   Nick Rupa TKO 10 (12) 11/01/1997   Nashville Arena, Nashville, Tennessee Retained Lineal/WBC/IBF
light-middleweight titles.
Win 44–6   Alex Rios TKO 5 (12),
2:08
07/09/1996   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained Lineal/WBC/IBF
light-middleweight titles.
Win 43–6   Vincent Pettway TKO 8 (12) 24/02/1996   Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia Retained Lineal/WBC/IBF
light-middleweight titles.
Win 42–6   Jorge Luis Vado TKO 2 (12),
0:42
27/01/1996   Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona Retained Lineal/WBC/IBF
light-middleweight titles.
Win 41–6   Paul Vaden UD 12 16/12/1995   Core States Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Retained WBC, and won IBF & vacant Lineal light-middleweight titles.
Win 40–6   David Gonzalez TKO 9 (12) 16/09/1995   The Mirage, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBC light-middleweight title.
Win 39–6   Luis Santana TKO 2 (12) 19/08/1995   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBC light-middleweight title.
Loss 38–6   Luis Santana DQ 3 (12) 08/04/1995   Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada For WBC light-middleweight title.
Loss 38–5   Luis Santana DQ 5 (12) 12/11/1994   Plaza Mexico, Mexico City Lost WBC light-middleweight title.
Win 38–4   Simon Brown UD 12 07/05/1994   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBC light-middleweight title.
Win 37–4   Armando Campas KO 4 (10) 18/03/1994   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 36–4   Simon Brown KO 4 (12) 18/12/1993   Estadio Cuauhtemoc, Puebla, Puebla Lost WBC light-middleweight title.
Win 36–3   Joe Gatti TKO 1 (12) 10/09/1993   Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas Retained WBC light-middleweight title.
Win 35–3   Troy Waters RTD 3 (12) 19/06/1993   San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California Retained WBC light-middleweight title.
Win 34–3   Maurice Blocker TKO 2 (12) 20/02/1993   Estadio Azteca, Mexico City Retained WBC light-middleweight title.
Win 33–3   Pat Lawlor RTD 3 (10) 13/12/1992   The Mirage, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 32–3   Meldrick Taylor TKO 4 (12) 09/05/1992   The Mirage, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBC light-middleweight title.
Win 31–3   Carl Daniels TKO 9 22/02/1992   San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California Retained WBC light-middleweight title.
Win 30–3   Jorge Fernando Castro UD 12 13/12/1991   Palais omnisports, Bercy, Paris Retained WBC light-middleweight title.
Win 29–3   Brett Lally TKO 1 (12) 17/08/1991   San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California Retained WBC light-middleweight title.
Win 28–3   Donald Curry KO 8 (12),
2:54
01/06/1992   Radisson Resort, Palm Springs, California Retained WBC light-middleweight title.
Win 27–3   Sugar Ray Leonard UD 12 09/02/1991   Madison Square Garden, New York City Retained WBC light-middleweight title.
Win 26–3   Rene Jacquot UD 12 13/07/1990   Patinoire d'Annecy, Annecy, Upper Savoy Retained WBC light-middleweight title.
Win 25–3   John Mugabi KO 1 (12),
2:47
31/03/1990   Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida Won WBC light-middleweight title.
Win 24–3   Tony Montgomery UD 12 21/11/1989   Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California Retained NABF light-middleweight title.
Win 23–3   Jorge Vaca SD 10 09/10/1989   Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Win 22–3   Nathan Dryer KO 4 (?),
?
21/09/1989   El Cortez Hotel, San Diego, California
Loss 21–3   Julian Jackson TKO 2 (12),
1:33
30/07/1989   Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey For WBA light-middleweight title.
Win 21–2   Ralph Ward UD 10 23/05/1989   The Showboat, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 20-2   Buster Drayton UD 12 28/03/1989   Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained NABF light-middleweight title.
Win 19–2   Steve Little TKO 6 (12),
1:06
09/12/1988   Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada Won vacant NABF light-middleweight title.
Win 18–2   Gilbert Baptist UD 10 18/10/1988   El Cortez Hotel, San Diego, California
Win 17–2   Quincy Taylor UD 10 12/08/1988   Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 16–2   Clayton Hires KO 2 (10),
1:14
28/03/1988   Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Win 15–2   Richard Aguirre TKO 3 (10),
?
03/02/1988   Riverside, California
Win 14–2   Roman Nunez KO 1 (10),
2:58
21/01/1988   San Diego, California
Loss 13–2   Joe Walker DQ 1 (6),
?
25/11/1987   Bally's, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 13–1   Edward Neblett TKO 6 (?),
2:10
04/09/1987   Bally's, Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 12–1   Derrick Kelly UD 10 13/08/1987   Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Win 12–0   Nathan Dryer TKO 3 (8),
1:33
27/05/1987   Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 11–0   Sergio Nieto Rayos TKO 1 (6),
0:40
03/04/1987   Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 10–0   Mauro Veronica KO 2 (6),
2:36
26/03/1987   Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Win 9–0   Tino Leon KO 1 (4),
2:45
16/03/1987   Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Win 8–0   Dick Green KO 1 (6),
0:53
26/02/1987   El Cortez Hotel, San Diego, California
Win 7–0   Gilbert Baptist UD 4 05/02/1987   Raincross Square, Riverside, California
Win 6–0   Lang McGowan PTS 4 03/12/1986   Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Win 5–0   Carlos Gutierrez UD 6 21/11/1986   Reseda Country Club, Los Angeles, California
Win 4–0   Daryl Colquitt KO 4 (4),
?
07/10/1986   Reseda Country Club, Los Angeles, California
Win 3–0   George Murphy PTS 4 25/09/1986   Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Win 2–0   Carlos Gutierrez UD 4 13/08/1986   Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Win 1–0   Jose Luis Cordova KO 1 (?),
?
02/08/1986   San Jose Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California Professional debut.

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.[2]
  • He settled a lawsuit out of court with Don King for a sum of $7.5 million in 2005.
  • Brother of former WBA 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 WBC super welterweight title. 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."[3]
  • Norris is married to Tanya E. Norris
  • Norris and his wife founded his Foundation The Final Fight to assist former pro boxers who are ill, broke and homeless.
  • Norris and his wife own World Champion Cardio Boxing, a popular workout program in North

Hollywood.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Terry Norris - Lineal Junior Middleweight Champion". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ A Champion Who's Fighting Obscurity - New York Times
  3. ^ BDPboxing Archived 2008-02-15 at the Wayback Machine.

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Achievements
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
Vacant
Title last held by
Thomas Hearns
Lineal Light Middleweight Champion
16 December 1995– 6 December 1997
Vacant
Title next held by
Keith Mullings