Remembering When Don Curry Was “The Next Sugar Ray Leonard” — Boxing News


Generally known as “The Lone Star Cobra,” unbeaten, untouchable welterweight grasp Don Curry was on the peak of his appreciable powers in 1985, with the 24-year-old failing to place a foot unsuitable in any of the 4 fights he had that yr.

Curry, who had been WBA welterweight champion since 1983, and who had added the IBF belt to his document the next yr, retained each titles with a stoppage win over Colin Jones in January of ’85, with Curry’s exquisitely positioned punches nearly tearing Jones’ nostril from his face within the struggle staged in England. This begin to the yr was spectacular sufficient, however the best way Curry ended the yr was actually particular.

After two non-title victories, each coming by way of stoppage, Curry confronted Kronk fighter Milton McCrory, the reigning WBC welterweight champion. The unification showdown, billed as “The Toss Up,” would see the winner turn out to be the primary unified welterweight king since Sugar Ray Leonard. Because it turned out, the tag line connected to the showdown was vast off the mark.

McCrory was a fantastic fighter. Having overwhelmed widespread opponent Jones to win the vacant WBC crown at 147 kilos (this after boxing a draw with Jones), “The Ice Man” had then reeled off 4 title retentions. Loads of individuals did certainly see the McCrory-Curry struggle as a toss-up. The December sixth struggle held in Las Vegas – 35 years in the past this week – had everybody’s consideration. Curry was 23-0, McCrory was 27-0-1.

Curry was exceptionally good on the evening. Quick, highly effective, correct, and spiteful along with his punches, Curry turned what was an in depth struggle on paper right into a veritable slaughter. Curry, the older man by a yr, harm McCrory on the finish of the opening spherical with a stinging left hook to the pinnacle, this shot sending his rival again to his nook on wobbly legs. In spherical two, Curry was an absolute beast.

Not lengthy into the spherical, a Curry left despatched McCrory down. Upon attempting to rise, McCrory fell to his knees. The struggle was then allowed to go on and Curry wasted no time in closing the present. Firing in a monstrous proper hand that landed cleanly on his rival’s chin, Curry left McCrory flat on his again. It was a really electrifying efficiency.

Curry actually did seem like the subsequent Sugar Ray – the subsequent all-time nice welterweight. This made what adopted, in 1986, all of the extra surprising. However for now, in a yr that had seen so many particular fights and so many shows of fantastic ring prowess, Don Curry was THE man. The considered Curry dropping a struggle was just about non-existent.

And who had even heard of Lloyd Honeyghan!


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