1986-09-27 Lloyd Honeyghan w rsc 6 (12) Donald Curry, Caesar’s Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WORLD

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1986-09-27 Lloyd Honeyghan w rsc 6 (12) Donald Curry, Caesar’s Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WORLD. Referee: Octavio Meyran. In what was one of the biggest shocks ever for the weight division, Honeygan (146½) forced a stoppage after the sixth round had ended when the ringside doctors decided that Curry (146½), who had suffered a broken nose, a bad cut on the left eye and a gashed mouth, was too badly injured to carry on. That was the official reason given, but Curry, who looked weight drained, had taken a beating virtually all night as Honeyghan kept right on top of him. The action in the second round was a sign of things to come when Honeyghan opened up to almost have Curry over early on and then had him in further trouble immediately prior to the bell. Although Curry came back well in the next couple of sessions, he was again badly hurt in the fifth before being worked over throughout the sixth and being taken out of the fight. It was clear afterwards that Curry had suffered from taking off weight, but it shouldn’t detract from a magnificent performance given by the British-based, Jamaican-born fighter.

Honeyghan relinquished the WBA version of the title in December 1986 after being told that his first defence would have to be against their number-one challenger, the white South African, Harold Volbrecht. Honeyghan refused the edict on the grounds of the organisation’s attitude towards appartheid and the WBA matched Volbrecht against Mark Breland for their version of the title.