1984-01-29 Billy Costello w rsc 10 (12) Bruce Curry, Civic Centre, Beaumont, Texas, USA - WBC
1984-01-29 Billy Costello w rsc 10 (12) Bruce Curry, Civic Centre, Beaumont, Texas, USA - WBC. Referee: Richard Steele. Defending his title for the third time, Curry (139½) felt the weight of his challenger’s punches as early as the first when a big left hook left him on unsteady legs. Bravely battling back, Curry began to take the fight to Costello (140) before being caught heavily again, in the fourth, and being cut over the left eye in the sixth. From the seventh onwards Costello began to assume control with his heavy-laden left hooks and right hands seemingly shaking Curry up every time he connected, and at the end of the ninth the champion looked all in. With the tenth seeing no let up in Costello’s pursuit of Curry, when the latter had got to his feet after being dropped by a cracking left-right the referee eventually came to his rescue after 56 seconds of the round had elapsed. At the time of the stoppage, Curry was in dire straits as all manner of punches were finding the target.