1990-08-19 Maurice Blocker w pts 12 Marlon Starling, Bally’s Park Place Hotel, Reno, Nevada, USA - WBC

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1990-08-19 Maurice Blocker w pts 12 Marlon Starling, Bally’s Park Place Hotel, Reno, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Mills Lane. Scorecards: 115-113, 115-113, 114-114. Utilising a four-and-a-half-inch-reach advantage, the challenger came out firing left jabs, continuing to slot them in all night as Starling (146) seemed to have no defence against them. With Blocker (146) also out-hitting Starling on the inside, it was not until the fifth that the latter actually connected with one of his right-hand specials. By the eighth Blocker’s lefts were really paying off as Starling’s left eye suddenly poured blood, and while the champion started to work well in an effort to cut back the deficit at the final bell he knew that he had not done enough.