Donald Curry vs. Marlon Starling (1st meeting)

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1982-10-23 : Donald Curry 147 lbs beat Marlon Starling 146½ lbs by SD in round 12 of 12

  • Unofficial KO Magazine scorecard: 117-112 Curry
  • NABF Welterweight Title (1st defense by Curry)
  • USBA Welterweight Title (1st defense by Starling)

Donald Curry hits Marlon Starling with a left

From the New York Times:

Curry needed to sweat off three pounds to make the weight limit eight hours before the bout. He said he had been able to train only five days after bruising an old rib injury. His manager, Dave Gorman, said "three or four times" they had thought about withdrawing from the nationally televised bout.

The winner is expected to meet the undefeated Milton McCrory, ranked No.1 by both the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association, for the undisputed title Leonard is expected to vacate when he announces his decision Nov. 9 on whether he will resume fighting.

Leonard, here as a CBS commentator, was asked if either Curry or Starling gave him the "itch" to fight. "Not at all," he replied. The decision was split, but along geographic lines. Judge Arlen (Spider) Bynum of Texas had Curry, who is from Fort Worth, ahead by 116-112 on the 10-point system (8 to 4 in rounds). Judge Lou Bogash from Connecticut had Starling, who is from Hartford, ahead by 117-113. The other judge, Harold Lederman of New York, had it 116-112, Curry.

Curry worked harder. Starling clowned more, but punched less. The 23-year-old Starling, who had a 25-0 record, was at his best inside, but the 21-year-old Curry would not let him rest there. Curry, now 15-0, kept to the outside where his superior jab gave him the edge. May Fight a Friend

Curry said he hoped Leonard did not retire:"'I'd like to fight him." However, he was willing to meet McCrory, whom he described as his "best friend in boxing."