1985-02-16 Billy Costello w pts 12 Leroy Haley, Midtown Centre, Kingston, New York, USA - WBC

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1985-02-16 Billy Costello w pts 12 Leroy Haley, Midtown Centre, Kingston, New York, USA - WBC. Referee: Arthur Mercante. Scorecards: 118-111, 116-111, 119-109. Although the harder hitter of the pair the champion could not put Haley (139) down, even suffering the ignominy of being dropped himself in the second with what seemed to be a push. With his crouching style and durability, Haley was a difficult man to pin down, but by the sixth Costello (138½) had assumed control and was beginning to dominate with the left jab and heavy left hooks to the body. Despite suffering a badly cut left eye in the seventh Haley would not be deterred, continuing to offer up a difficult target before punching away with both hands in the 12th to go down fighting.

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