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- Starling had a purported amateur record of: 97-13
- Welterweight semi-finalist at the 1977 National AAU tournament, losing to Mike McCallum.
- Welterweight finalist at the 1975 and 1979 New England Golden Gloves tournament, losing both times to Robbie Sims.
- Knocked out Charles Newell in seven rounds in 1980. Newell later died from the injuries he suffered in the fight.
- In his first attempt to win a world title, Starling lost a fifteen-round unanimous decision to WBA/IBF welterweight champion Donald Curry in 1984.
- Knocked out Mark Breland in eleven rounds to win the WBA welterweight title in 1987.
- Retained the WBA welterweight title with a disputed twelve-round draw in a rematch with Mark Breland in 1988. Most felt Starling had won the fight.
- Lost the WBA welterweight title to Tomas Molinares in 1988. Starling was knocked out with a punch that was thrown after the bell had rung to end the sixth round. The New Jersey Athletic Control Board later changed the result to a no contest, but the WBA didn't reinstate Starling as champion.
- Knocked out Lloyd Honeyghan in nine rounds to win the Lineal/WBC welterweight title in 1989.
- In an attempt to win the IBF middleweight title, Starling lost a twelve-round majority decision to Michael Nunn in 1990.
- Lost the Lineal/WBC welterweight title to Maurice Blocker by a twelve-round majority decision in 1990. It was Starling's last fight.
- KO Magazine named Starling the 4th best welterweight of the 1980s.
- Inducted into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005.
- Starling has a record of 4-3-1 with 1 NC and 2 KOs in world title fights.
- Starling has a record of 4-5-1 with 1 NC and 2 KOs against former, current and future world champions:
- Starling has beaten four undefeated fighters with 15 or more bouts. Mark Breland, Simon Brown, Tommy Ayers, Jose Baret and didn't himself lose until 25th match.
- Reflecting on a proposed fight with Lloyd Honeyghan: "I'll fight him for nothing if the price is right."
| WBA Welterweight Champion
1987 Aug 22 – 1988 Jul 29
| WBC Welterweight Champion
1989 Feb 4 – 1990 Aug 19