1984-02-04 Donald Curry w pts 15 Marlon Starling, Bally’s Park Place Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBA

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1984-02-04 Donald Curry w pts 15 Marlon Starling, Bally’s Park Place Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBA. Referee: Joe Cortez. Scorecards: 144-142, 145-140, 145-140. With Curry (147) forcing the fight all the way, landing the harder blows throughout, the challenger took heavy punishment but was always there throwing punches in response. It was always uphill for Starling (146), but he fought on gamely and even shook Curry up on occasion. There were no knockdowns, but Curry had Starling wobbling in the 15th as he looked to finish strongly, and despite one judge marking it much closer than it was the unanimous decision was a formality.

Although not involved in the promotion, the recently formed IBF announced that they would be recognising the winner as champion.