History | Jul 18 2019

On This Day: Mike McCallum flattens Donald Curry in five rounds

Matt Christie reflects on one of the finest finishes in boxing history that took place on July 18, 1987 – Mike McCallum vs Donald Curry
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1. WHILE he was still the unbeaten world welterweight champion, and regarded alongside Marvin Hagler as the best in boxing, Donald Curry agreed to step up in weight to challenge WBA light-middleweight boss, Mike McCallum. The bout was set for June 23, 1986 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, but before the contracts were signed, Curry had second thoughts about leaving his 147lb base.

2. WITHIN six months a weight-drained Curry was the victim of one of the biggest upsets of the 1980s, when he was trounced by Britain’s Lloyd Honeyghan in September 1986. After six rounds, an exhausted and bloodied Curry signalled he’d had enough.

3. CURRY moved up to light-middleweight for his next bout. By April of 1987, he had scored two comeback victories over useful duo Tony Montgomery and Carlos Santos. Both were disqualification wins that came in round five.