1991-02-09 Terry Norris w pts 12 Sugar Ray Leonard, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBC
1991-02-09 Terry Norris w pts 12 Sugar Ray Leonard, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBC. Referee: Arthur Mercante (jnr). Scorecards: 116-110, 120-104, 119-103. Coming back to the ring for the first time since defending his WBC super-middleweight title on 7 December 1989, the 35-year-old Leonard (154) was given a chance to win the 154lbs title when taking on the champion, Norris (152½). Once the finest fighter on the planet, Leonard was a shadow of his former self, being dropped twice, in the second and seventh, and hammered without let up throughout. Well beaten, it was only Leonard’s pride and courage that got him through and he was often picked off by long punches from either hand as Norris boxed on the outside. The last two sessions were especially difficult for Leonard, his left eye swelling fast, as Norris staggered him repeatedly and belted him along the ropes, but although the decision was a lopsided one he made it to the final bell to receive an ovation from the crowd.
Strangely, Leonard returned for one last fling in 1997, but was demolished by Hector Camacho inside five rounds.