History | Sep 27 2019

On This Day: Lloyd Honeyghan stuns Donald Curry and grabs world welterweight title

Nathan Fogg looks back on a defining night for British boxing, as Lloyd Honeyghan defeated the undisputed champion Donald Curry in the biggest win of his career

ON September 27 1986 Lloyd Honeyghan sealed his place among the very best of British by delivering one of the most impressive and important wins in history from a Brit fighter on the road.

His opponent was Donald Curry, the huge favourite with an unblemished 25-0 record – which was valued by the bookmakers at a much higher stock than Honeyghan’s own perfect 27-0 record. At stake were Curry’s WBC, WBA and IBF welterweight titles, but perhaps more importantly, the winner would be the undoubted, undisputed champion.

Curry had destroyed the likes of Milton McCrory, defeated the brilliant Marlon Starling, and was rightly regarded as one of the finest in boxing. Plans to match the American with Marvin Hagler were being discussed and he appeared destined for true greatness.