Iran Barkley vs. Sumbu Kalambay

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1987-10-23 : Iran Barkley 156 lbs lost to Sumbu Kalambay 159½ lbs by UD in round 15 of 15


  • The WBA title had been stripped from Marvin Hagler because he chose to fight Sugar Ray Leonard instead of Herol Graham, the No. 1-ranked contender.
  • Kalambay earned a title shot by outpointing Herol Graham.
  • The AP reported: "Kalambay outpaced the 27-year-old challenger from New York and used superior boxing technique throughout the 15-round fight. Barkley was unable to land his powerful left hooks as Kalambay, a fan of Muhammad Ali, moved fast on the ring and used his left jab to keep his opponent away."
  • This was the last WBA middleweight title fight scheduled for 15 rounds.

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