1990-04-14 Michael Nunn w pts 12 Marlon Starling, Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF
1990-04-14 Michael Nunn w pts 12 Marlon Starling, Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF. Referee: Mills Lane. Scorecards: 117-111, 118-110, 114-114. Much bigger than his challenger, Nunn (160) failed to take advantage of his natural assets and was happy to take no risks after initially coming to the weigh-in half a pound over the weight. Nunn even lost the opening three rounds as Starling (158) made a fast start, but once the champion got his jab working he soon piled up the points. Although Starling came again towards the end he could not hurt Nunn, who appeared too many of the ringsiders to be treating the fight no differently to what he would a sparring session, and the decision in his favour was met boos and jeers.