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WBA champ Norris knocks out Curry

Terry Norris retained his World Boxing Council super-welterweight title Saturday night with an eighth-round knockout of former champion Donald Curry. In the second fight of the title doubleheader, Meldrick Taylor made the first defense of his World Boxing Association welterweight crown a successful one, taking a split decision over previously unbeaten Luis Garcia of Venezuela.

Taylor was favored 118-112 by judge Fritz Werner of San Diego and 115-113 by judge Neffie Quintana of Albuquerque, N.M. Garcia got the nod from Rodolfo Maldonado of Panama, 117-114.

The win ran Taylor's record to 27-1-1, with 14 knockouts. Garcia is 22-1, with 17 knockouts. Both weighed 146} for their fight in the temporary outdoor arena.

Norris (28-3, 15 knockouts), in his first fight since beating Sugar Ray Leonard, knocked Curry down for an eight count as the seventh round ended, then knocked him out 2:53 into the eighth round of the 12-round fight.

Curry (33-5, 24 knockouts) has lost three of his past five bouts.

Norris took the title last March 31 with a first-round knockout of John Mugabi. His first defense was a 12-round decision over Rene Jacquot of France last July 31.

On the undercard Saturday, Gabriel Ruelas, returning to the ring for the first time after breaking his right arm in a bout in April 1990, took a unanimous decision over Pedro Mendoza in their 10-round junior-lightweight bout.

South Korean wins WBA title in Seoul

SEOUL, South Korea _ Kim Yong-gang of South Korea took the World Boxing Association flyweight title from Blavis Alvarez, beating the Colombian in a split decision. Each fighter was knocked down once in the 12-rounder.