Originally Posted by Flea Man
Duran aside I think Tommy had problems with his right hand at 154.
Tommy was moving up and down weights at that time. He fought Murray Sutherland in July of 1983 at middleweight, and then went down to defend the title he won from Wilfred Benitez in Dec. of 1982. So Minchillo was the first defense. Once he stopped Duran he did knock out Fred Hutchings, who was not a terrible fighter, and later he stopped Medal. although that fight was a TKO in 8. I think he could have stopped Medal sooner since he had him hurt badly, but that was the same day as the McGuigan/Cruz fight which was on the undercard, so Tommy was a little cautious to not burn himself out in the still warm night.