Emmett Linton vs. Donald Curry

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1997-04-09 : Emmett Linton 153 lbs beat Donald Curry 152½ lbs by TKO at 1:08 in round 7 of 12

  • IBA Junior Middleweight Title (Vacant title)


Curry had been Linton's trainer and manager, but the two had a falling out in 1993. Linton said he didn't like the way Curry was handling his career.

Their feud erupted in 1995.

Curry accused Linton of giving information to the mother of one of Curry's children, which Linton denied. Curry said, "He let some information out about me that eventually led to me going to prison, and I confronted him about it."

The two got into a street fight. Guns were involved but not used. Curry filed charges, but they were later dropped. Shortly afterwards, Curry went to jail for not paying child support. "I've been focused on fighting Emmett ever since," Curry said.

When Curry made his comeback to the ring, he asked Bob Arum to get him a fight with Linton. Knowing that a good feud can sell a fight, Arum made the match. Curry's purse was $30,000 and Linton earned $50,000.

Linton thoroughly dominated the fight. He dropped Curry in the first round and stopped in the seventh.

"I was weak as hell," Curry said in his dressing room after the fight. "Man, I was weak. I'm real disappointed."

It was later discovered that Curry had been suffering from acute pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas that can produce nausea, vomiting, fatigue, high blood pressure and a tenderness of the abdomen.

"That condition pre-existed the fight," said Phil Hamilton, Curry's manager. "We're thinking maybe that explains why Donald felt so weak during the fight, and why maybe he deserves the chance to fight again."

Curry returned to the gym when he was well and planned to fight again. "I hope to give a better account of myself," he said. "I wasn't in shape and wasn't who I thought I was that night." However, Curry never did return to the ring.


The Las Vegas Sun - April 8, 1997
The Las Vegas Sun - April 10, 1997
The Las Vegas Sun - April 17, 1997
The Seattle Times - July 8, 1997