Julian Jackson vs. Terry Norris

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1989-07-30 : Terry Norris 152 lbs lost to Julian Jackson 153¼ lbs by TKO at 1:33 in round 2 of 12



From The Philadelphia Inquirer:

ATLANTIC CITY — It took Julian Jackson longer to lace on his gloves than it did to bounce them off the chin of his opponent.

Jackson scored a second-round technical knockout over Terry Norris to retain his World Boxing Association junior-middleweight title yesterday afternoon at Convention Hall.

In the co-main event, world champion Julio Cesar Chavez overcame a slow start to stop Kenneth Vice in the third round of a scheduled 10-round, junior- welterweight non-title bout.

Referee Joe Cortez stopped the scheduled 12-round bout between Jackson and Norris at 1 minute, 37 seconds of the second round.

Jackson, 28, dropped Norris, 22, with a right-left-right combination, sending the challenger to the floor headfirst.

Norris beat the count at nine, but he had the glazed-eyed look of a somnambulist when he got to his feet, forcing the referee to wave the bout to an end.

The spectacular knockout came about a week after another abbreviated Atlantic City title fight, the 93-second demolition of Carl "The Truth" Williams by heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.

"I just want to tell Mike Tyson something," Jackson said after the fight. "I can do it, too."

Jackson (153 1/4 pounds) of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, raised his record to 38-1 with 36 knockouts; Norris (152) of San Diego fell to 21-3.

"I hit him with three punches, but I knew he was out after the first one," Jackson said. "The kid had heart, but I knew he was hurt, so I was glad the referee stopped it."

The knockout startled the crowd because it came suddenly and unexpectedly. Norris had been frustrating the champion with his lateral movement, firing punches and retreating in one fluid motion. Jackson lunged clumsily as he pursued his wily opponent for about a round and a half.

The challenger won the first round on all three scorecards, but then jackhammer punches are intended to make scorecards irrelevant. Norris, his back against the ropes midway through the second round, dropped his left hand slightly. It was all the opening the champion needed, as he landed an overhand right, a left hook and another overhand right to send the challenger to the floor.

"He did exactly what we thought he would do - move and try to go the distance," Jackson said. "Styles make fights. I had to get accustomed to his style, and believe me, it did not take long."