Orlin Norris, thrown out of the world heavyweight scene last year, continues his comeback Tuesday night at the Country Club in Reseda against powerful Mike Hunter, who was thrown out of Australia last week.
The fight is for the vacant North American Boxing Federation heavyweight championship.
Hunter, originally from Greenville, S.C., had moved to Sydney a year ago and won three fights there, raising his record to 19-2-2 with 17 knockouts. But when he filled out his Australian visa application early in 1990, he neglected to inform officials of that country that he had served seven years in a U. S. prison after an armed robbery conviction.
Because of that, Australian officials last week ordered Hunter deported.
The deportation cost Hunter an April 13 bout in Sydney against Puerto Rico’s Carlos de Leon. The winner of that bout had been promised a shot at the World Boxing Council’s cruiserweight champion, Massimiliano Duran of Italy.
Instead, Hunter steps out of the 190-pound division and into the heavyweight division that he had abandoned more than a year ago.
Norris was a rising star in the heavyweight class until he sustained a freak knee injury during a bout early last year. He lost that fight and his NABF title. But since his return he has won six consecutive bouts, five of them by knockout, and brings a record of 28-2-1 with 14 knockouts into the fight with Hunter.
Norris, of San Diego, is the brother of welterweight Terry Norris, who scored a lopsided and unanimous decision in February over Sugar Ray Leonard in Madison Square Garden.
Hunter fought at the Country Club in 1987. He brings a 10-fight win streak into the bout.
Unless you count the one against the Australian government.
Also scheduled to fight on the card is super middleweight Joey DeGrandis, 7-1 with three knockouts, and junior lightweight Larry Loy, 6-0-1, both of Van Nuys. Also fighting will be unbeaten heavyweight Jimmy Ellis (14-0-1 with 13 knockouts) of Redondo Beach.
The first fight will start at 7:30 p.m.