|Real name||Terry Norris|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
June 17, 1967|
Lubbock, Texas, USA
|Wins by KO||31|
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.
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 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. Norris made defenses against former IBF champion Vincent Pettway, Nick Rupa, and Alex Rios, before being stripped of the IBF title in 1997.
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 record
|47 Wins (31 KOs), 9 Losses (4 KOs) |
|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),
|06/12/1997||Caesars, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Lost Lineal/WBC light-middleweight titles.|
|Win||47-6||Andres Arellano Sandoval||KO||2 (10),
|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|
|Win||44-6||Alex Rios||TKO||5 (12),
|07/09/1996||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained Lineal/WBC/IBF|
|Win||43-6||Vincent Pettway||TKO||8 (12),
|24/02/1996||Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia||Retained Lineal/WBC/IBF|
|Win||42-6||Jorge Luis Vado||TKO||2 (12),
|27/01/1996||Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona||Retained Lineal/WBC/IBF|
|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),
|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),
|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),
|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),
|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),
|28/03/1988||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California|
|Win||15-2||Richard Aguirre||TKO||3 (10),
|Win||14-2||Roman Nunez||KO||1 (10),
|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 (?),
|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),
|27/05/1987||Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||11-0||Sergio Nieto Rayos||TKO||1 (6),
|03/04/1987||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||10-0||Mauro Veronica||KO||2 (6),
|26/03/1987||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California|
|Win||9-0||Tino Leon||KO||1 (4),
|16/03/1987||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California|
|Win||8-0||Dick Green||KO||1 (6),
|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||4||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.|
- 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.
- 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."
- 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
- "Terry Norris - Lineal Junior Middleweight Champion". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
- A Champion Who's Fighting Obscurity - New York Times
- BDPboxing Archived 2008-02-15 at the Wayback Machine.
- Professional boxing record for Terry Norris from BoxRec
- Terry Norris' Official Website.
- Terry Norris' Facebook
- Terry Norris' Twitter
- Terry Norris - Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia
| WBC Light Middleweight Champion
31 March 1990– 18 December 1993
| WBC Light Middleweight Champion
7 May 1994– 12 November 1994
| WBC Light Middleweight Champion
19 August 1995– 6 December 1997
| IBF Light Middleweight Champion
16 December 1995– March 1997
Title last held byThomas Hearns
| Lineal Light Middleweight Champion
16 December 1995– 6 December 1997
Title next held byKeith Mullings