1989-08-14 Michael Nunn w pts 12 Iran Barkley, Lawlor Events Centre, Reno, Nevada, USA - IBF
1989-08-14 Michael Nunn w pts 12 Iran Barkley, Lawlor Events Centre, Reno, Nevada, USA - IBF. Referee: Carlos Padilla. Scorecards: 116-113, 115-113, 114-114. Taking the fight to Nunn (159) throughout despite being badly cut on the lip and bleeding from the left eye early on, Barkley (160) was always in with a chance, especially when the southpaw champion decided to showboat rather than getting on with the job in hand. At times Nunn looked good, pumping in the jab and throwing blinding combinations, but he lazed around too often and was hurt in the eighth, tenth and 11th rounds when Barkley got to him with solid blows. Although the Punch Stats showed Nunn landing 346 punches to Barkley’s 245 the decision was loudly booed by the majority of the crowd.