Norris was born in
Lubbock Texas June 17, 1967. He was a star baseball player at Dunbar
High School in Lubbock but turned to boxing after an incident during
a baseball game.
Norris quit baseball
after a brawl on the field. "We were playing another team one day",
Norris recalled, "and there were some racial comments made toward
me. I was a little thrown off by it. I rushed the guy who said them,
and their whole team jumped on me. I put three guys in the hospital,
which was the bad thing of it. People said things like, 'Maybe this
guy's a troublemaker,' so a lot of my scholarships fell through.[
He turned to a career in boxing and won four Texas
State Golden Glove titles and turned pro in August 1986. Norris
faced the legendary Sugar Ray Leonard in Madison Square Garden in
February 1991. Norris easily beat the faded Sugar Ray in a 12-round
unanimous verdict. 5 foot 9 inch Norris is a a three-time world
champion in the light-middleweight (super-welterweight) division.
WBA junior middleweight
champion Laurent Boudouani ended Norris's boxing career with a
ninth-round knockout. Norris fought twice more after losing his
title. Dana Rosenblatt defeated him by unanimous decision in a
middleweight bout and then WBA junior middleweight champion Laurent
Boudouani ended his boxing career with a ninth-round knockout.
His speech was noticeably
slurred even in his early thirties and quite startling to anyone who
remembered him from just a few years earlier. After his last defeat,
the Nevada athletic commission turned him down for a new license,
basing its decision on his impaired speech, which was indicative of
Norris was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005.
Norris and his wife Tanya
own World Champion Cardio Boxing, a popular workout program in North