Why so little mention of the fact that Curry quit against Honeygan ..?

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  1. he grant

    he grant Historian/Film Maker Full Member

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    At the time Donald Curry fought Llyod Honeygan he was not only the undefeated , undisputed welterweight champion of the world but he was a television superstar being hailed as the greatest pound for pound fighter in the world .. the future was his .. his crushing, title unifying victory over McCrory made him as close to a superstar as there was post Leonard .. then he fought Honeygan in an under publized fight few even knew was scheduled , began to get a beating but nothing super dramatic and he flat out quit in his corner ... it's almost glossed over and rarely mentioned ... the man was the number one pound for fighter in the world , people were saying Ray Leonard would have no short against him in a comeback and against an near unknown in a fight where he was losing but not by any significant margin he simply folded up his tent .. can someone explain this to me ?
     
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  2. sweetsci

    sweetsci Well-Known Member Full Member

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    In my case, I forgot. I was a pretty big Curry fan when he was champ. I went into the Navy in September 85 and was really looking forward to the McCrory unification match. I was "on duty" that night and frustrated that nobody else had any interest in the Curry-McCrory fight. All TVs were tuned to Miami Vice. Several months later I was sent to Norfolk, to "sea", so I was unable to watch the Honeyghan fight. When I heard the result I was totally shocked. I'm not sure I've ever seen the fight, to be honest.
     
  3. Toney F*** U

    Toney F*** U Boxing junkie Full Member

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    Could’ve been a fix
     
  4. Bujia

    Bujia Active Member Full Member

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    It was 30 some odd years ago.
     
  5. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Curry was supposedly il prepared for that match
     
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    salsanchezfan Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    He clearly wasn't thinking. All he had to do was quit DURING the round like Duran, which apparently you're lionized for.
     
  7. joebeadg

    joebeadg Well-Known Member Full Member

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    wasn't he sick for that fight? He got an asskicking, thats for sure
     
  8. Cecil

    Cecil Boxing Addict Full Member

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    He was said to have weight issues for the fight and in fairness he didn’t look right.They probably thought though it would be a routine defence as he was destroying everything they were putting in
    front of him at the time.
    The trouble was he was fighting a version of Honeyghan which would be the best he’d ever be.
    Honeyghan was totally focused and disciplined that night and very sharp.
    Curry would need to have been at his very best to win but Honeyghan just gave him a sustained beating and they pulled him out.
    As a non participant I find it hard to accuse a fighter of quitting, his corner were obviously acting in their fighters best interests as it wasn’t going to get any better.
     
  9. George Crowcroft

    George Crowcroft 'Snarky Little Gobshite' - IntentionalButt Full Member

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    Tbh it's probably for the best. Don was a pretty tough guy and Honeyghan wasn't gonna let up. Could've been brutal after such a weight drain.
     
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  11. PernellSweetPea

    PernellSweetPea Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    I don't think the quitting was significant as much as once Honeyghan started to hit him he didn't have a plan B which was surprising for an elite who was compared to Leonard. Leonard or Hearns would have tried another tactic, but Donald as fast as his hands were and the great counterpuncher he was couldn't adjust and Honeyghan kept nailing him. And he knew the same was coming so he shook his head at Gorman after round 6 and that was that. He was a very good fighter, but I think his limitations came out with Honeyghan more than with McCallum, yet even with Mike he really didn't know what to do after Mike started to take over, which is not the usual take on McCallum vs. Curry.

    Also to add to this Curry had that excuse about the weight. Many people assumed that was the problem, and didn't think Honeyghan who was something like 26-0 was the problem. Lloyd was good and I saw his record at the time and the way he took care of guys and it was obvious he was no push over. Decent handspeed and underrated power.
     
  12. Colonel Sanders

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    Why so little mention... what do you even mean ? We should thrash Curry for quitting once in a while ?
    Also, you need to rewatch that fight, Curry was not in the fight at all. He was getting mauled. I've no problem with Curry quitting, or whatever you want to call it, and I don't need to mention it whenever I get the chance.
     
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  13. he grant

    he grant Historian/Film Maker Full Member

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    Dude you crack me up sometimes. :)
     
  14. he grant

    he grant Historian/Film Maker Full Member

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    No, for quiting at the top of his game , at the height of his career ... yes he was getting beat but he simply quit.
     
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    he grant Historian/Film Maker Full Member

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    Duran received horrific worldwide ridicule from quitting most of all in Panama where he had to flee the country for his own safety ... it wasn't until the Moore fight that he was able to properly show his face ..