Simon Brown vs. Terry Norris (2nd meeting)

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1994-05-07 : Simon Brown 154 lbs lost to Terry Norris 153 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12

  • Unofficial AP scorecard: 118-110 Norris
  • World Boxing Council Super Welterweight Title (2nd defense by Brown)



From The Los Angeles Times:

A grinning, assured, immeasurably wiser and nimbler Terry Norris found redemption, regained his World Boxing Council super-welterweight title and showcased a blazing new fighting style in a unanimous decision over Simon Brown Saturday night at the MGM Grand.

Norris, whose knockout loss to Brown last December raised serious questions about both his chin and aggressive style, dominated Brown Saturday night by moving in for bursts of action, then immediately swooping away from any danger.

"He outmoved me and he outboxed me," said Brown, whose record dropped to 41-3. "He moved a lot. I expected that, but he just wouldn't stand still at all."

Norris (38-4) won easily on all three cards. He said he hurt his right hand in the first round, which increased his desire to stay out of a war.

"I thought the difference was I was able to move," Norris said. "I boxed superbly. I think I surprised Simon Brown more than anybody by my ability to box, and I'm pleased with my performance."

Before his rematch, Norris said he had learned his lesson from his chin-first, knockout-or-be-knocked-out attack in the first Brown fight, and he never wandered from his stick-and-move game plan.

In the second round, Norris hurt Brown early with a straight left hand on the chin and followed it up 30 seconds later with three chopping right hands on the forehead of a bending Brown.

In between attacks, Norris stuck to his strategy of moving away from danger and, in the early going, was not touched with anything heavy. But Brown rocked him in the third with a right to the chin, and Norris' retreats got quicker after that.

"Tonight was Boxing 101," said Norris' manager, Joe Sayatovich.

When Brown started to showboat in the fourth, circling his right hand high as a taunt, Norris crushed Brown with a huge left hook under Brown's right arm that sent Brown whirling against the ropes.

By the 11th, Brown was clearly frustrated with the unsuccessful chase, and several times in the round backed away--demanding that Norris come to him, which only shortened the time Brown had to make up lost ground.