How good was Terry Norris really?

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by redrooster, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. PernellSweetPea

    PernellSweetPea Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Feb 26, 2009
    A prime enough Jackson? I think he would always land on Terry.
  2. juppity

    juppity Boxing Addict Full Member

    Dec 28, 2016
    Not dumb. Was more of a hot head. Once hit he forget to use the skills that made him
    champion and this made him vulnerable.
  3. thanosone

    thanosone Love Your Brother Man Full Member

    Sep 23, 2007
    That is why I think Jackson KO'S him 10/10.
    Not good to see interviews of him slurring his speech. Always enjoyed his fights. Never Timid Terry Norris.
  4. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper Well-Known Member Full Member

    Oct 18, 2009
    A fantastic offensive fighter with speed, technique, combinations but suspect chin, not great defensively, lacked discipline in fights and his CV is good but too many past it names on there and a number of bad losses. HOF deservedly yes but not an ATG.
  5. Cecil

    Cecil Boxing Addict Full Member

    Mar 22, 2015
    Great post.
  6. redrooster

    redrooster Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jan 29, 2005
    and its a shame Terry didnt get the chance to avenge that loss

    My prediction is another lopsided points win for Terry
  7. redrooster

    redrooster Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jan 29, 2005
    you actually think I'm impressed with Benitez?

    and speed? WHAT speed?

    I just dont understand why you use the Hearns loss, a LOPSIDED LOSS, to to prove anything

    benitez wasnt a bomber and he never won the big one. moreover, he had just a couple defenses whereas Terry holds the record

    You have to look at it this way; Ray Leonard & Hearns both own lopsided sins over "wonderful" Wilfred

    while Terry owns a head splitting, utterly insane dominant showing over Ray

    Come to think of it, Ray did a lot better than the others who were usually stopped including Mugabi, Gatti, etc.,, Curry, Brown, Taylor

    so how is slow little benitez who cant do anything, going to fare against someone who's five times faster than himself?
  8. redrooster

    redrooster Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jan 29, 2005
    benitez, yeah he's one of the elite tripple crown winners but never went far with any of his titles like Norris, Spinks, Hagler, Jones, Holmes, and other greats
  9. redrooster

    redrooster Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jan 29, 2005
    i dont recall Ray Leonard as the underdog

    as a matter of fact, you couldnt find one sportswriter picking Terry to win the fight

    Why WOULDNT I rate it as a great win???

    was Ray winning and hadnt he been unbeaten in ten years and hadnt he outboxed Duran, his arch foe 12/12 rounds and wasnt Ray the heavy favorite?

    and didnt Ray have a vast edge in quality of opposition???

    the question is why dont YOU rate it as a great win?

    Yet you think I should think more highly of Wilfred benitez for losing a lospided contest to Hearns
  10. redrooster

    redrooster Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jan 29, 2005
    no, he wasn't LIKE 36 years!

    cant you give his exact age? He was 34 and unbeaten in 10 years

    I didnt notice any wear on his body

    and he wasnt even TOUCHED by Duran in his previous fight! Unless you want to count the one right hand Duran caught him with

    and Taylor?

    did you not KNOW he was holding the 147 pound title he'd won from Davis in a lopsided bout? Aaron was the naturally bigger man and that didnt hurt Meldrick any, obviously

    moreover, Terry even dropped to 149 to help him out?


    no he did not lose LIKE 7 fights before meeting Terry. he lost two fights in 1986, one of those being to Marvin Hagler.

    This is why I say, none of the criticism is justified. Terry was just too fast for everybody
  11. robert ungurean

    robert ungurean Богдан Full Member

    Jun 9, 2007
    He was very good. Not great. Very good offensive fighter with very fast hands.
    He had a fragile chin. Brawled when he should have boxed many a times. Warriors mentality but also shows a lack of discipline.
    On a side note. All this Leonard talk. I was not a fan of Leonard when he was fighting and I'm not much a fan now I've just learned to accept what a special fighter he was. On the other hand always was a Norris fan. That being said prime Leonard KTFO a prime Norris 10 out of 10 times
  12. Rainer

    Rainer Active Member Full Member

    May 2, 2019
    The difference between them imo, is Leonard beat prime versions of ATG's and Norris beat past their sell by date versions.
  13. mark ant

    mark ant Obsessed with Boxing banned Full Member

    May 4, 2017
    I completely agree but Norris P4P was far better than Berbick and may have been able to beat Ray at 154, I don`t think Ray looked great against Kalule, I feel a prime Norris could have beaten a prime Kalule more convincingly than Ray did.
  14. mark ant

    mark ant Obsessed with Boxing banned Full Member

    May 4, 2017
    Taylor fought just like Norris when they met at 154, throwing all caution to the wind and getting caught time and again with his leaky defense, both fighters relied more on athleticism than fight IQ I`d say.
  15. cuchulain

    cuchulain Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jan 6, 2007
    Rooster, you are delusional !

    Did you read what I said ?

    He was 35 years old and hadn't been in the ring for well over a year. He was IN NO WAY comparable to the Leonard who defeated Benitez and Hearns and went fifteen with Duran in Montreal.

    Either of that Leonard or Duran would have crucified any version of Terry Norris.

    I did not compare Berbick to Norris.

    I was drawing a comparison between two great champions Ali and SRL, both well past their primes, getting defeated later in life by two men who would not have troubled them in the least when they were prime.