Terry Norris vs. Keith Mullings
1997-12-06 : Terry Norris 154 lbs lost to Keith Mullings 153½ lbs by TKO at 0:51 in round 9 of 12
- Location: Caesars Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
- Referee: Tony Perez
- Judge: Malcolm Bulner 75-77
- Judge: Jerry Roth 76-75
- Judge: John Stewart 76-75
- World Boxing Council Super Welterweight Title (7th defense by Norris)
Norris vs. Mullings took place before a crowd of 11,271 at the Atlantic City Convention Center.
Norris was a 7-1 favorite against Mullings, who had won just one of his previous six fights.
Norris looked good early and controlled most of the fight against Mullings.
Mullings came on strong in the eighth with a series of right hands and dropped Norris late in the round. Mullings' assault continued in the ninth, and referee Tony Perez stopped the fight just as Norris' corner was throwing in the towel.
The loss to Mullings cost Norris a lot of money. If Norris had beaten Mullings, he was going to relinquish his super welterweight title and drop down in weight to fight Oscar De La Hoya for the WBC welterweight title. Norris was going to get $4.5 million for the bout.
Norris earned $500,000 for fighting Mullings, who got $70,000.