History | Sep 10 2015

Lloyd Honeyghan vs Donald Curry: Boxing’s fifth biggest upset

Daniel Herbert explains why Lloyd Honeyghan's win over Donald Curry was the fifth biggest boxing upset ever
Lloyd Honeyghan celebrates

As we wait to see if Andre Berto pulls off a highly unlikely against-the-odds triumph versus Floyd Mayweather on Saturday, Daniel Herbert has listed boxing’s five biggest upsets, starting with this gem:

Lloyd Honeyghan w rtd 6 Donald Curry
September 27, 1986
HAS there ever been a bigger upset by a Brit than Lloyd Honeyghan’s thrashing of Donald Curry at Atlantic City in September 1986? Sure, the Southwark man was unbeaten in stockpiling British, Commonwealth and European welterweight titles, but Curry had his own 100 per cent record, including a devastating two-round destruction of Milton McCrory. Such was the reputation of the “Lone Star Cobra” that there was serious talk of him bypassing super-welter to challenge world middleweight king Hagler. Curry had already stated plans to move up in weight and the Honeyghan match went ahead before a mere 1,100 crowd at Caesars Casino Hotel. Yet Lloyd proved a revelation as he hammered the Texan into retirement after six rounds with a broken nose and cuts on his left eye and lower lip.

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