Terry Norris former 4 x light middleweight World champion SIGNED also INSCRIBED "WBC/IBF Champ" limited edition lithograph later presented to and then SIGNED and INSCRIBED "To My Good Friend Champion Best Wishes In Life And Health" and DATED 2011 by "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler.
This limited edition 21/150 is also SIGNED by artist Steve Alce. Measures 23 1/2" x 16 1/2"
Condition excellent (heavy creasing and some soiling to bottom white boarder edge, artwork totally UNBLEMISHED)
Terry Norris Born Terry Wayne Norris in Lubbock, TX on June 17, 1967. A star baseball player during his high school years, Norris bypassed a career on the diamond for one in the ring, amassing a stellar 291-4 amateur record.
"Terrible" Terry turned pro in 1986 and defeated Quincy Taylor before TKO'ing Steve Little for the NABF junior middleweight title. In 1989 he challenged the hard-punching Julian Jackson for the WBA title, but was halted in the second round. The resilient Norris bounced back to score a sensational one-round kayo over John "The Beast" Mugabi for the WBC junior middleweight belt.
An impressive string of 10 successful defences followed, including wins over Donald Curry, Jorge Castro, Carl Daniels, Meldrick Taylor, Maurice Blocker, Troy Waters and Sugar Ray Leonard. In his 11th title defence, he was upset by Simon Brown via 4th round TKO, but regained the title with a 12-round decision in the rematch six months later.
Norris next engaged in a bizarre trilogy with Luis Santana that saw him lose the title and the rematch via disqualification before winning the third bout with a 2nd round TKO. In 1995 he unified the WBC and IBF belts when he won a 12-round decision over Paul Vaden. Wins over Vincent Pettway, Alex Rios and Nick Rupa followed.
Stripped of the IBF championship for refusal to meet the mandatory challenger, Norris defended his WBC recognition against Keith Mullings on December 6, 1997 and was stopped in the 9th stanza. Norris would lose his next two contests to Dana Rosenblatt and Laurent Boudouani before hanging his gloves up with a 47-9 (31 KOs) pro ledger.
Norris, whose brother Orlin, Jr. was the WBA cruiserweight champion, was a gifted boxer with a tremendous left hook.
"Marvelous" Marvin Hagler is a man who paid his dues. The rugged middleweight fought the toughest middleweights in the World for years before he was given the opportunity to fight for a World title.
Hagler frequently traveled to other fighter's hometown's for fights and some of his most memorable pre-title competition came in Philadelphia. There he met fighters like Bobby Watts, Willie "The Worm" Monroe, Cyclone Hart and Bennie Briscoe.
Hagler was finally given a title shot by champion Vito Antuofermo in 1979 but the two combatants fought to a draw.
He challenged for the title again one year later and this time he knocked out champion Alan Minter.
Hagler would make 12 successful title defenses. Among his victims were Antuofermo, Mustafa Hamsho, Roberto Duran, Juan Roldan, John "The Beast" Mugabi, and Thomas Hearns.
His thrilling three-round shootout with Hearns is regarded as one of the best fights of all-time.
Hagler's last fight was in 1987 when Sugar Ray Leonard came out of retirement and won an exciting, but controversial 12-round split decision for the WBC middleweight title. Hagler retired after Leonard would not give him a rematch.