LLOYD’S TOUGHEST TEST

Honeyghan up against it in su­per-champ Curry, writes Daniel Her­bert

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OUR front page head­line 31 years ago per­mit­ted no doubt about what we thought would hap­pen: “Lloyd’s fac­ing toughest test of all” we blared in an­tic­i­pa­tion of Lloyd Honeyghan’s chal­lenge to world wel­ter­weight cham­pion Don Curry.

We said the Ber­mond­sey tal­ent “faces an un­en­vi­able task against a man re­garded as one of the best pound for pound fight­ers in the world” – made all the more daunt­ing by the fight hap­pen­ing in At­lantic City.

In­side, our pre­view out­lined why Curry rep­re­sented such a for­mi­da­ble ob­sta­cle. Wrote Tim Mo, “Curry is an ex­cep­tional cham­pion. He can box and he can punch; he walks up close to his op­po­nents and yet seems in­vul­ner­a­ble to their punches.”

Mo con­ceded that Honeyghan, “has pro­gressed ex­traor­di­nar­ily well in the last two years”, with a three­r­ound de­mo­li­tion of Euro­pean champ Gian­franco Rosi in Italy the high­light. But the writer pre­dicted a Curry win “some­where be­fore the half­way stage”.

In the event, Honeyghan pulled off one of the great­est tri­umphs in Bri­tish box­ing his­tory as he stopped Curry in six.

Photo: AC­TION IMAGES/SPORT­ING PIC­TURES

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