How good was Terry Norris really?

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  1. Saad54

    Saad54 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    You're playing up Leonard to rationalize that he was at the top of his game when he faced Norris, but I'm not buying it.

    He was not "better than ever" against Duran in 89 and then was inactive for over a year before the Norris fight. And he had to make a weight he hadn't fought at since 1984. Maybe poetic justice for making Lalonde fight at 168 though.
     
  2. redrooster

    redrooster Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    you're being too pessimistic

    Me, I'm more realistic about the situation

    for one, 154 was leonard's TRUE weight

    too much weight only slows him down as we saw in the lalonde fight

    more over, Ray had plenty of "just right" fights to get him ready for Terry, for the ring rust to fade

    one year wasnt a problem

    The only REAL problem was, he couldnt adjust to the new levels of speed; Ray had never been in the ring with anyone this fast and there are no sparring partners that can approach it

    so how does one prepare?

    How does one fight a Terry Norris?

    answer: you don't

    but before you come down on leonard, just remember how much better he did than the Mugabis, the Gattis, the Taylors, and the Currys of the world
     
  3. redrooster

    redrooster Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    why would less ring rust lead to worse subsequent performances?
     
  4. ETM

    ETM I thought I did enough to win. Full Member

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    Duran busted Leonard face in that 3rd fight. After the fight Ray cuts over both eyes and a busted lip. That was with him on his bicycle the whole fight.
     
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