Donald Curry vs. Jun Suk Hwang

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1983-02-13 : Donald Curry 146¼ lbs beat Jun-Suk Hwang 147 lbs by UD in round 15 of 15

  • Vacant WBA Welterweight Title

Notes

  • The WBA title had been vacated by Sugar Ray Leonard, who retired following surgery to repair a detached retina.
  • Curry was ranked #1 by the WBA and Hwang was ranked #3.
  • Curry's purse was $75,000 and Hwang's was $25,000.
  • The fight was televised by ESPN.
  • There was a crowd of 9,000.



From the New York Times:

FORT WORTH, Feb. 13— Donald Curry, surviving the first knockdown of his professional career, captured the World Boxing Association welterweight title tonight with a unanimous 15-round decision over Jun Sok Hwang of South Korea.

Curry, unbeaten in 16 fights and winner of 12 by knockouts, assumed the championship vacated last year with the retirement of Sugar Ray Leonard.

In the seventh round, a right uppercut sent Curry to his knees. He was dazed by the blow, but he managed to backpedal his way out of trouble. From that point his jabs and combinations began to take their toll on Jun.

It was the first loss for Jun, who had won 21 fights and also had 12 knockouts. Referee Roberto Ramirez of Puerto Rico scored the bout 146-139, as did Judge Ishmael Fernandez of Puerto Rico. Judge Harmando Cedeno of Panama had it 148-140.

Curry, a Fort Worth native who came into the bout weighing 146¼ pounds to 147 for Jun, was a heavy favorite.