History | Oct 28 2014

On This Day: Jorge Vaca controversially takes the WBC welterweight title from Lloyd Honeyghan

Matt Christie recounts the shocking night when Lloyd Honeyghan came unstuck against unknown Jorge Vaca
Jorge Vaca v Lloyd Honeyghan  |  Jorge Vaca of Mexico (left) traps Lloyd Honeyghan of Great Britain in the corner during their welterweight boxing match held at Wembley Conference Centre, London on 28th October 1987. Vaca was the winner on points. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images.)

1. JORGE VACA was IBF and WBC welterweight champion Lloyd Honeyghan’s second choice as a challenger. The Mexican stepped in when IBF-rated Bobby Joe Young – fresh off a win over drug-ravaged Aaron Pryor – was deemed unsuitable by the British Boxing Board of Control. The British body refused to sanction 15-round bouts – the scheduled length of IBF bouts at the time – so only the WBC title would be at stake. With Young unranked by the governing body, and a fit and ready Vaca listed at No.4, the switch was made. That the WBC were hosting their convention in London during fight week was also a factor

2. HONEYGHAN was widely expected to win. The Briton – chasing countryman Jim Watt’s record of four successful defences of a world title – had been impressive since landing on the world scene 13 months before. Donald Curry, Johnny Bumphus, Maurice Blocker and Gene Hatcher had all been beaten, making Lloyd one of the pound-for-pound leaders in the sport.

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