LLOYD’S TOUGHEST TEST
Honeyghan up against it in super-champ Curry, writes Daniel Herbert
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.
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