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Terry Norris vs Ray Leonard

Terry Norris vs Ray Leonard

Date: 9th February 1991

Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, USA

Title: WBC World Super-welterweight Title

Promoted by: Victory Promotions

Tv: Showtime

Terry Norris
( 26 - 3 - 0 )
Weight: 152 1/2 lbs

Ray Leonard
( 36 - 1 - 1 )
Weight: 154 lbs

Sugar Ray Leonard was fighting for the first time in fourteen months and at 154 lbs for the first time since 1884 and yet he entered the ring against 'Terrible' Terry Norris as a 12 to 5 favourite.

It wasn't long before Leonard discovered that Norris was not only faster than he was but that he also hit harder and knew how to set traps that fooled Leonard.

In the second round, a lightning-fast left hook dropped Leonard and although he wasn't hurt, he knew that he couldn't afford to be hit cleanly by the younger man.

The middle rounds were fought on a slightly more even score, although Norris would nearly always finish exchanges with the better shots. In the 7th Norris toyed with Leonard at times and dropped him for the second time in the fight with a fast right hand that the 35-year-old never saw coming.

While Sugar Ray remained competitive for the rest of the fight he wasn't winning rounds and the outcome was inevitable when the final bell rang.

Scores; Billy Costello 116-110 | Barbara Perez 120-104 | Sid Rubenstein 119-103.

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