Terry Norris

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Terry Norris
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Real nameTerry Norris
Nickname(s)Terrible
Weight(s) Light middleweight
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Nationality American
Born (1967-06-17) June 17, 1967 (age 54)
Lubbock, Texas, USA
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights56
Wins47
Wins by KO31
Losses9

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.

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Early years and amateur career

A star baseball player during his high school years, Norris bypassed a career on the diamond for one in the ring, claiming an amateur record of 291–4, 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 career

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 reign

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 titles

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 WBC welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya.

Post-championship career

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.

Norris suffers from pugilistic dementia and Parkinson's disease caused by his boxing career [ citation needed ]. This affects his speech and coordination.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
56 fights47 wins9 losses
By knockout314
By decision165
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
56Loss47–9 Flag of France.svg Laurent Boudouani TKO9 (12)Nov 30, 1998 Flag of France.svg Palais des Sports, Paris, FranceFor WBA light-middleweight title.
55Loss47–8 Flag of the United States.svg Dana Rosenblatt UD12Sep 25, 1998 Flag of the United States.svg Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut
54Loss47–7 Flag of the United States.svg Keith Mullings TKO9 (12)Dec 06, 1997 Flag of the United States.svg Caesars, Atlantic City, New Jersey Lost WBC and lineal light middleweight titles
53Win47–6 Flag of Mexico.svg Andres Arellano SandovalKO2 (10)Sep 10, 1997 Flag of the United States.svg The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada
52Win46–6 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Joaquin VelasquezKO2 (10)Aug 08, 1997 Flag of the United States.svg Station Casino, Kansas City, Missouri
51Win45–6 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Nick RupaTKO10 (12)Jan 11, 1997 Flag of the United States.svg Nashville Arena, Nashville, Tennessee Retained WBC, IBF, and lineal light middleweight titles
50Win44–6 Flag of the United States.svg Alex RiosTKO5 (12)Sep 07, 1996 Flag of the United States.svg MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBC, IBF, and lineal light middleweight titles
49Win43–6 Flag of the United States.svg Vincent Pettway TKO8 (12)Feb 24, 1996 Flag of the United States.svg Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia Retained WBC, IBF, and lineal light middleweight titles
48Win42–6 Flag of Nicaragua.svg Jorge Luis VadoTKO2 (12)Jan 27, 1996 Flag of the United States.svg Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona Retained WBC, IBF, and lineal light middleweight titles
47Win41–6 Flag of the United States.svg Paul Vaden UD12Dec 16, 1995 Flag of the United States.svg Core States Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Retained WBC light middleweight title;
Won IBF and vacant lineal light-middleweight titles
46Win40–6 Flag of the United States.svg David GonzalezTKO9 (12)Sep 16, 1995 Flag of the United States.svg The Mirage, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBC light-middleweight title.
45Win39–6 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Luis Santana TKO2 (12)Aug 19, 1995 Flag of the United States.svg MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBC light-middleweight title.
44Loss38–6 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Luis Santana DQ3 (12) Apr 08, 1995 Flag of the United States.svg Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada For WBC light-middleweight title.
43Loss38–5 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Luis Santana DQ5 (12)Nov 12, 1994 Flag of Mexico.svg Plaza Mexico, Mexico City Lost WBC light-middleweight title.
42Win38–4 Flag of Jamaica.svg Simon Brown UD12May 07, 1994 Flag of the United States.svg MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBC light-middleweight title.
41Win37–4 Flag of Mexico.svg Armando CampasKO4 (10)Mar 18, 1994 Flag of the United States.svg MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
40Loss36–4 Flag of Jamaica.svg Simon Brown KO4 (12)Dec 18, 1993 Flag of Mexico.svg Estadio Cuauhtemoc, Puebla, Puebla Lost WBC light-middleweight title
39Win36–3 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Joe Gatti TKO1 (12)Sep 10, 1993 Flag of the United States.svg Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas Retained WBC light-middleweight title
38Win35–3 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Troy Waters RTD3 (12)Jun 19, 1993 Flag of the United States.svg San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California Retained WBC light-middleweight title
37Win34–3 Flag of the United States.svg Maurice Blocker TKO2 (12)Feb 20, 1993 Flag of Mexico.svg Estadio Azteca, Mexico City Retained WBC light-middleweight title
36Win33–3 Flag of the United States.svg Pat LawlorRTD3 (10)Dec 13, 1992 Flag of the United States.svg The Mirage, Las Vegas, Nevada
35Win32–3 Flag of the United States.svg Meldrick Taylor TKO4 (12)May 09, 1992 Flag of the United States.svg The Mirage, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBC light-middleweight title
34Win31–3 Flag of the United States.svg Carl Daniels TKO9Feb 22, 1992 Flag of the United States.svg San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California Retained WBC light-middleweight title
33Win30–3 Flag of Argentina.svg Jorge Fernando Castro UD12Dec 13, 1991 Flag of France.svg Palais omnisports, Bercy, Paris Retained WBC light-middleweight title
32Win29–3 Flag of the United States.svg Brett LallyTKO1 (12)Aug 17, 1991 Flag of the United States.svg San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California Retained WBC light-middleweight title
31Win28–3 Flag of the United States.svg Donald Curry KO8 (12)Jun 01, 1991 Flag of the United States.svg Radisson Resort, Palm Springs, California Retained WBC light-middleweight title
30Win27–3 Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Leonard UD12 Feb 09, 1991 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City Retained WBC light-middleweight title
29Win26–3 Flag of France.svg Rene Jacquot UD12Jul 13, 1990 Flag of France.svg Patinoire d'Annecy, Annecy, Upper Savoy Retained WBC light-middleweight title
28Win25–3 Flag of Uganda.svg John Mugabi KO1 (12)Mar 31, 1990 Flag of the United States.svg Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida Won WBC light-middleweight title
27Win24–3 Flag of the United States.svg Tony MontgomeryUD12Nov 21, 1989 Flag of the United States.svg Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California
26Win23–3 Flag of Mexico.svg Jorge Vaca SD10Oct 09, 1989 Flag of Mexico.svg Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
25Win22–3 Flag of the United States.svg Nathan DryerKO4 (?Sep 21, 1989 Flag of the United States.svg El Cortez Hotel, San Diego, California
24Loss21–3 Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg Julian Jackson TKO2 (12)Jul 30, 1989 Flag of the United States.svg Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey For WBA light-middleweight title
23Win21–2 Flag of the United States.svg Ralph WardUD10Mar 23, 1989 Flag of the United States.svg The Showboat, Atlantic City, New Jersey
22Win20–2 Flag of the United States.svg Buster Drayton UD12Mar 28, 1989 Flag of the United States.svg Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained NABF light-middleweight title
21Win19–2 Flag of the United States.svg Steve Little TKO6 (12)Dec 09, 1988 Flag of the United States.svg Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada Won vacant NABF light-middleweight title
20Win18–2 Flag of the United States.svg Gilbert BaptistUD10Oct 18, 1988 Flag of the United States.svg El Cortez Hotel, San Diego, California
19Win17–2 Flag of the United States.svg Quincy Taylor UD10Aug 12, 1988 Flag of the United States.svg Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
18Win16–2 Flag of the United States.svg Clayton HiresKO2 (10)Mar 28, 1988 Flag of the United States.svg Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
17Win15–2 Flag of the United States.svg Richard AguirreTKO3 (10)Feb 03, 1988 Flag of the United States.svg Riverside, California
16Win14–2 Flag of Mexico.svg Roman NunezKO1 (10)Jan 21, 1988 Flag of the United States.svg San Diego, California
15Loss13–2 Flag of the United States.svg Joe WalkerDQ1 (6)Nov 25, 1987 Flag of the United States.svg Bally's, Las Vegas, Nevada
14Win13–1 Flag of Barbados.svg Edward NeblettTKO6 (?)Sep 04, 1987 Flag of the United States.svg Bally's, Las Vegas, Nevada
13Loss12–1 Flag of the United States.svg Derrick KellyUD10Aug 13, 1987 Flag of the United States.svg Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
12Win12–0 Flag of the United States.svg Nathan DryerTKO3 (8)May 27, 1987 Flag of the United States.svg Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
11Win11–0 Flag of the United States.svg Sergio Nieto RayosTKO1 (6)Apr 03, 1987 Flag of the United States.svg Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
10Win10–0 Flag of the United States.svg Mauro VeronicaKO2 (6)}Mar 26, 1987 Flag of the United States.svg Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
9Win9–0 Flag of the United States.svg Tino LeonKO1 (4)Mar 16, 1987 Flag of the United States.svg Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
8Win8–0 Flag of the United States.svg Dick GreenKO1 (6)Feb 26, 1987 Flag of the United States.svg El Cortez Hotel, San Diego, California
7Win7–0 Flag of the United States.svg Gilbert BaptistUD4Mar 05, 1987 Flag of the United States.svg Raincross Square, Riverside, California
6Win6–0 Flag of the United States.svg Lang McGowanPTS4Dec 03, 1986 Flag of the United States.svg Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
5Win5–0 Flag of the United States.svg Carlos GutierrezUD6Nov 21, 1986 Flag of the United States.svg Reseda Country Club, Los Angeles, California
4Win4–0 Flag of the United States.svg Daryl ColquittKO4 (4)Oct 07, 1986 Flag of the United States.svg Reseda Country Club, Los Angeles, California
3Win3–0 Flag of the United States.svg George MurphyPTS4Sep 25, 1986 Flag of the United States.svg Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
2Win2–0 Flag of the United States.svg Carlos GutierrezUD4Aug 13, 1986 Flag of the United States.svg Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
1Win1–0 Flag of the United States.svg Jose Luis CordovaKO1 (?)Aug 02, 1986 Flag of the United States.svg San Jose Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California Professional debut.

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Achievements
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Lupe Aquino
NABF super welterweight champion
December 9, 1988 – March 31, 1990
Vacant
Title next held by
Brett Lally
World boxing titles
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 – 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
Vacated
Succeeded by
Raúl Márquez
Vacant
Title last held by
Thomas Hearns
Lineal Light Middleweight Champion
16 December 1995 – 6 December 1997
Succeeded by
Keith Mullings
Awards
Previous:
Buster Douglas
KO10 Mike Tyson
KO Magazine Upset of the Year
W12 Sugar Ray Leonard

1991
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Azumah Nelson
KO8 Jeff Fenech