1994-03-04 Orlin Norris w pts 12 Arthur Williams, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA

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1994-03-04 Orlin Norris w pts 12 Arthur Williams, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA. Referee: Toby Gibson. Scorecards: 114-112, 118-110, 112-114. Thought to be the leading light of the cruiserweight division, the champion almost came unstuck in his first defence against the unheralded Williams (189), who took him to a split decision. Dropped by a big right in the opening session, Williams looked a beaten man for several rounds despite cutting Norris (187) over right eye in the second before having a barnstorming sixth in which he had the latter all over the place. From thereafter every round was tightly contested, with both men being shaken badly in the 11th, and even though Williams’ cleaner work in the 12th gave him the votes on two of the cards the weird scoring of one of the judges saw him come away with nothing.