History | Feb 09 2020

On This Day: Terry Norris hammers the remnants of Sugar Ray Leonard

Matt Horan looks back on a sad chapter in Sugar Ray Leonard's career
Sugar Ray Leonard
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD was aged 34 when he challenged champion Terry Norris for the WBC light-middleweight belt on February 9, 1991. 7,495 fans flocked to Madison Square Garden to watch the fight take place.

HAVING not fought for 14 months the legendary Leonard was coming off the back of a unanimous decision win over the glorified Roberto Duran in 1989. Seven years prior to that fight ‘Sugar’ first announced he was to retire from the sport. Several more retirements and comebacks followed.

NORRIS, 11 years Leonard’s senior, was fighting in New York for the first time and with a record of 26-3, was aiming to make his first successful defence of the belt.