1989-02-05 Marlon Starling w rsc 9 Lloyd Honeyghan, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC

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1989-02-05 Marlon Starling w rsc 9 loyd Honeyghan, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Mills Lane. After wobbling Starling (146) with a right to the head in the third round the champion failed to follow up his advantage and was dominated in every round from thereon. The real problem for Honeyghan (146½), it later transpired, came after being hit early on and suffering terrible pain from around the jaw everytime Starling landed in that area. By the sixth Honeyghan had run out of ideas and his gumshield, his continuously coming out, and he went back to his corner with his right eye closing fast and a badly swollen jaw. Bravely fighting on, Honeyghan was dropped by quick combination punches at the beginning of the ninth and on getting up and being hit at will without firing back, the referee stopped the fight on the 1.19 mark to save him from taking further punishment.

Following the fight it was announced that Honeyghan’s post-fight mandatory urine sample had revealed a quantity of the pain killing lidocaine. Although Honeyghan later stated that the substance had been prescribed by an official doctor to help get rid of the pain he had been suffering in his right hand, he was still fined.