Terry Norris Titles and Pro Achievements Terry Norris Titles and Pro Achievements
First Title Shot 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 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 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.His knockout of John Mugabi was The Ring Knockout of the Year for 1990.
The second round of his fight with Troy Waters was The Ring Round of the Year for 1993.
Three of Norris's 7 losses were via disqualification in bouts he was winning
Sugar Ray Leonard 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 Leonard via a 12-round unanimous verdict.
Norris vs Santana Trilogy 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 easily knocked out Santana to regain his title.
Losing and Regaining the Title 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 as pummeled Brown relentlessly throughout the fight.
Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005
After Norris retired from boxing, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s syndrome. “My doctor said that I may have had this syndrome during my last few fights,” Norris said. “My Dad noticed changes with my balance and speech. I just felt different and knew something was wrong. I pushed through and tried to hide it because I’m a warrior – that’s what I do.”