Lloyd Honeyghan

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Lloyd Honeyghan
Errol Christie and Lloyd Honeyghan.jpg
Honeyghan (right) with Errol Christie
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Reach69 in (175 cm)
Born (1960-04-22) 22 April 1960 (age 61)
Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica
Boxing record
Total fights48
Wins by KO30

Lloyd Honeyghan (born 22 April 1960) is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1980 to 1995. He reigned as the undisputed welterweight champion from 1986 to 1987; and held the WBC, Ring magazine and lineal welterweight titles twice between 1986 and 1989. At regional level he held the British, European and Commonwealth welterweight titles between 1983 and 1985, as well as the Commonwealth super-welterweight title from 1993 to 1994.

Early life and amateur career[edit]

Honeyghan was born in Jamaica and spent his early years there.[1] He came to England at the age of nine to join his parents who had settled in Bermondsey. He took up boxing at the age of 11 with the Fisher Amateur Boxing club. He was a good, rather than an outstanding amateur boxer. He boxed for England but never won an ABA title, being beaten in the English semi-finals by Joey Frost in 1979. In the 1980 ABA championships he was beaten early in the competition on points by Gunther Roomes, at the South East Division of the London championships and decided to turn professional.

Professional career[edit]

Honeyghan turned professional with Terry Lawless in 1980. He debuted with a six-round points decision victory over fellow novice Mike Sullivan. He won his first 13 fights, including a victory over the tough Kostas Petrou. Before positioning himself for an eliminator against the capable Lloyd Hibbert for the British welterweight title on 18 January 1983. Honeyghan outpointed the future British super-welterweight champion over ten rounds. He followed this by capturing the Southern Area welterweight title with a fourth-round knockout over the dangerous Sid Smith in March 1983.

British welterweight champion[edit]

Honeyghan captured the British welterweight title via a twelve-round points decision against the tough Cliff Gilpin on 5 April 1983, after suffering the first knockdown of his career in the second round. Honeyghan later stated that Gilpin gave him one of his hardest fights.[2]

He remained busy throughout 1983, travelling to the United States to defeat Kevin Austin, then outpointing US contender Harold Brazier in London before rounding off the year with a clear points victory in a British title rematch with Cliff Gilpin.

In 1984 Honeyghan fought only once, defeating Roberto Mendez. He suffered a broken thumb and had to have a pin inserted into his left hand to keep the bone in place.[3]

European welterweight champion[edit]

On 5 January 1985 he captured the European welterweight title with a highly impressive third-round knockout of future two time super-welterweight world champion Gianfranco Rosi in Perugia, Italy.[4] Following this, Honeyghan defeated R W Smith (better known as Robert Smith) who is the current General Secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control in six rounds. He kept extremely busy during 1985, defeating three US contenders in world title challenger Roger Stafford, followed by Danny Paul and Ralph Twinning.

Honeyghan and Lawless parted company because Honeyghan believed that Lawless was spending too much time on the career of Frank Bruno and not enough on his career. As such the two couldn't get on and things came to a head following an altercation between Honeyghan and his trainer in the Royal Oak gym run by Lawless. Following the incident, Lawless banned Honeyghan from his gym; Honeyghan promptly signed with Mickey Duff.[5]

Honeyghan appointed former British featherweight champion Bobby Neill as his new trainer and closed out 1985 with a stoppage victory over fellow world rated Briton and former stablemate Sylvester Mittee, for the British, European, and Commonwealth welterweight titles.[6]

On 20 May 1986 Honeyghan stopped top US contender Horace Shufford in eight rounds in London, earning him a title shot against the unbeaten and undisputed welterweight world champion Donald Curry of the US.[7]

Undisputed welterweight champion[edit]

On 27 September 1986, Honeyghan defeated Curry for the undisputed welterweight title. The fight took place in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and was televised by Showtime.[8] [9]

At the time Curry was considered to be one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world with his only possible rival being Marvin Hagler. Honeyghan was given little chance by the majority of the media. However, there were rumours that Curry was having difficulty making the welterweight limit and that this would be his last fight at the weight. The betting odds prior to the fight were 6–1 against Honeyghan and he placed a bet of $5,000 on himself to win the fight. He caused a major upset by dominating the fight, nearly dropping Curry in the second round, before Curry retired at the end of round six. Curry suffered a broken nose along with cuts to his lip and above his eye, which required 20 stitches. As a result of his bet Honeyghan earned an additional $30,000.[5][10]

At the press conference before the fight Curry had dismissed his little known and lightly taken British opponent, asking "Who is this ragamuffin?" Because Honeyghan had come to the press conference in casual clothes. Honeyghan thereafter adopted the title 'Raggamuffin' with relish. Embracing his Jamaican heritage where a raggamuffin is a streetwise tough guy.

The fight had taken place one night after another "expert shocker", when Edwin Rosario knocked out Livingstone Bramble in two rounds to claim the WBA lightweight title, and one week after Honeyghan's win, Ring magazine mentioned his victory on their "Weekend of shockers!" issue's cover. (Rosario's photo was featured on the cover of that issue).

WBA title vacated[edit]

Honeyghan disagreed with the WBA's rules that allowed fights to take place in apartheid South Africa, so he publicly and controversially dumped the WBA welterweight title into a London trash bin soon after winning it, relinquishing the title rather than defending it against South African Harold Volbrecht. Honeyghan was criticised for showing a lack of respect after dropping the belt in the trash can, especially as Deuk Koo Kim had lost his life in 1982 when fighting Ray Mancini for the WBA Lightweight title. Honeyghan did admit to regretting his actions, which had resulted after he had been prompted to do so by tabloid newspaper photographers.[5] His stance proved significant, as soon after, the WBA stopped sanctioning fights held in South Africa. It also provided his manager Mickey Duff with the opportunity to avoid Mark Breland who would have become the number one contender, assuming that Honeyghan had won. The vacant title was won by Breland following a seventh-round stoppage of Volbrecht.

Continued title defences[edit]

After winning the world title he changed his boxer-puncher style to that of more of a brawler. He became known for his full frontal assault on opponents. Most boxers would spend the early rounds boxing cautiously until they had figured out their opponent's style of fighting. Honeyghan went for a knockout from the opening bell. Asked why he had changed his fighting style Honeyghan quipped "You don't get paid for overtime in this business."[11]

In his first defence, after dominating and flooring his opponent in the first round. He caused controversy by (legally at that time) racing across the ring and trying to hit his opponent, former super-lightweight world champion Johnny Bumphus, as soon as the bell sounded to start the second round. Honeyghan threw a left hook which missed but the momentum from his forearm knocked an unsteady Bumphus to the canvas. Honeyghan had a point deducted from his score and Bumphus was given time to recover. However, the fight had already been knocked out of him and he did not last much longer. [12]Asked why he had done this, Honeyghan stated "The bell went ding and I went dong."[13] The rules were changed following this incident so that at the beginning of each round the referee stands in the middle of the ring. Instead of in a neutral corner, as it had previously been, to prevent punches being thrown until both fighters are ready.

In his second defence of the title, Honeyghan defeated the then unbeaten future world champion Maurice Blocker on points.[14] He became a crowd pleaser with his all action style of fighting and recorded one of the fastest wins in a world title fight with a 45 second blow-out of former Super-lightweight champion Gene Hatcher of the US.[15] His manager Duff said after the fight "The best fighter I have been involved with was John Conteh, even though he never reached his full potential. Lloyd is catching him up fast. I've never known a more dedicated fighter."[5]

Losing the titles[edit]

He controversially lost his WBC title to Jorge Vaca in 1987 when a clash of heads meant that the fight had to be stopped due to a cut sustained by Vaca.[16] Vaca had come in as a late replacement for Bobby Joe Young who had been deemed an unacceptable opponent by the British Boxing Board of Control. Honeyghan was expected to win the fight as Vaca was a relatively unknown fighter. However, an off form Honeyghan was given plenty of trouble by the heavy-handed Mexican. The WBC implemented their technical decision rule (which has now been withdrawn) and Honeyghan had a point deducted from his score, even though the clash of heads had been deemed accidental and the round had not been completed. [17] Without the point deduction the fight would have been a draw meaning that Honeyghan would have retained his title. After the point deduction the scorecards favoured Vaca and he became the new champion.[5] The fight was not for the IBF title which was declared vacant and was subsequently won by Simon Brown. Many fans said that Vaca had been given the decision because the WBC who are based in Mexico were holding their convention in London during the week of the fight.

Honeyghan became only the second British boxer in history to regain a world title, when he knocked Vaca out in a return fight for the WBC title in the third round.[18] The first being Ted "Kid" Lewis earlier in the 20th century. In the post-fight press conference Honeyghan, who could at times be an outspoken character. Expressed his views on Mickey Duff, stating "Mickey and I don't mix outside of boxing, he looks at me as a pawn, a commodity. I don't like him." This elicited a memorable response from Duff who stated "Fortunately, there is nothing in our contract that says we have to like each other I will continue to do the best job I can for him."[5]

Honeyghan next defended against tough South Korean Yung-Kil Chung, halting him in five rounds in July 1988 when the Korean refused to get up after being hit with an accidental low blow.[19] In February 1989 Honeyghan lost his WBC title to former Don Curry victim and arch-rival Marlon Starling. There was bad blood between the two fighters and Honeyghan boxed wildly against the defensively excellent Starling. He was stopped in the ninth round after taking heavy punishment throughout the fight. [20] [21] [22] Years before the two fought Starling came out with a classic foot in mouth boxing quote when he said "I'll fight Lloyd Honeyghan for nothing if the price is right."[23]Honeyghan returned later in the year, labouring to a points decision over Delfino Marin in Florida, however he appeared to be a fading force.

He had to apologise to the WBA for his previous actions in order to fight for the WBA title in 1990 against Mark Breland. By this time Honeyghan was past his best and was stopped by Breland in three rounds after being knocked down six times.[24]

Later career at super-welterweight[edit]

In 1991, he resumed his career at super-welterweight having outgrown the welterweight division. During 1991 and 1992 he won six consecutive fights against relatively modest opposition in Mario Olmedo, John Welters, Darryl Anthony, Alfredo Ramirez, Mickey Duncan and Carlo Colarusso. In early 1993 he was still good enough to win the Commonwealth super-welterweight title by defeating the useful Mickey Hughes.[25] However, in June of that year he was stopped in ten rounds by former world champion Vinny Pazienza in a contest made at middleweight.[26] Victories over Steve Goodwin and in 1994 Kevin Adamson followed, with Honeyghan retaining the Commonwealth title in the latter fight. He did not fight for another year and retired after he was stopped in a bout by fellow Briton Adrian Dodson in three rounds in 1995, on the undercard of Nigel Benn vs. Gerald McClellan.[27]

Doping allegations[edit]

Lloyd Honeyghan always had trouble with his hands and tested positive for a painkilling drug after his fight against Marlon Starling. He was fined $1,500 by the Nevada Athletic Commission.[28][29]

Personal life[edit]

On leaving school Honeyghan became an apprentice printer and he continued in this trade until he became a full time professional boxer.

In his younger days Honeyghan developed a reputation for being a flashy dresser and a ladies' man. The tabloid newspapers had a field-day when he became a world champion and revealed that he had fathered five children with three different women, none of whom he had married.[5][30]

He was attacked and hit on the head with a hammer at a weigh-in at the Thomas A' Beckett gym in 1993.[31] A fellow boxer, Darren Dyer, was arrested and charged with causing actual bodily harm after the attack but was acquitted in the subsequent trial. There had been bad blood between the two stemming from the Curry fight, when Dyer who was also managed by Duff had been one of Honeyghan's sparring partners. There had been an altercation between him and Dyer in the changing rooms following his win over Mickey Hughes for the Commonwealth title.[32]

When Frank Bruno fought Oliver McCall for the WBC World heavyweight title in September 1995. Honeyghan entered the ring as a member of McCall's camp, despite the fact that he and Bruno had been friends in the past, when they had both been part of the Terry Lawless stable of fighters. He received a lot of criticism from British boxing fans as a result of his actions.

He had a block of flats named after him in Southwark to mark his achievements.[33]

Honeyghan put on a lot of weight in retirement and in October 2017, it was reported that he had suffered a heart attack but was making a good recovery in hospital.[34] [35] It was reported in September 2020 that Honeyghan had suffered a blood clot on his lung (Pulmonary embolism) and was again being treated in hospital.[36] He suffered from Septicemia when in hospital and was placed on life support. At one stage a Do-Not-Resuscitate Order was placed on his medical notes which was only removed when his family objected. He made a recovery and was released from hospital.

Business dealings[edit]

Towards the end of his boxing career Honeyghan got involved in the music business. He produced two CDs featuring various reggae artists.[37]

In common with a lot of former boxing champions Honeyghan found himself in financial difficulties towards the end of his career and was forced to fight on beyond the point where he should have retired. At one stage he had owned a Rolls-Royce and several properties. However, he was declared bankrupt in 1994 and automatically discharged from bankruptcy in 1997.[38] [39]

Following his retirement, he tried his hand as a boxing manager and promoter. He promoted a few boxing shows in South London. However, without the backing of a television company it was difficult for him to make money and he eventually relinquished his promoter's licence.[5]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
48 fights 43 wins 5 losses
By knockout 30 4
By decision 13 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
48 Loss 43–5 Adrian Dodson TKO 3 (10), 2:24 25 Feb 1995 London Arena, London, England
47 Win 43–4 Kevin Adamson TKO 6 (12) 26 Feb 1994 Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, England Retained Commonwealth super-welterweight title
46 Win 42–4 Steve Goodwin KO 6 (10) 2 Nov 1993 Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, London, England
45 Loss 41–4 Vinny Pazienza TKO 10 (12), 0:56 26 Jun 1993 Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
44 Win 41–3 Mickey Hughes TKO 5 (12), 1:00 30 Jan 1993 International Centre, Brentwood, England Won Commonwealth super-welterweight title
43 Win 40–3 Carlo Colarusso KO 6 (10) 28 Oct 1992 Royal Albert Hall, London, England
42 Win 39–3 Mickey Duncan RTD 2 (10), 3:00 13 May 1992 Royal Albert Hall, London, England
41 Win 38–3 Alfredo Ramirez PTS 8 22 Apr 1992 Wembley Arena, London, England
40 Win 37–3 Darryl Anthony KO 2 (10) 8 May 1991 Royal Albert Hall, London, England
39 Win 36–3 John Welters KO 1 (10) 12 Feb 1991 Festival Hall, Basildon, England
38 Win 35–3 Mario Olmedo TKO 4 (10) 10 Jan 1991 Latchmere Leisure Centre, London, England
37 Loss 34–3 Mark Breland TKO 3 (12) 3 Mar 1990 Wembley Arena, London, England For WBA welterweight title
36 Win 34–2 Delfino Marin UD 10 24 Aug 1989 Hyatt Regency, Tampa, Florida, US
35 Loss 33–2 Marlon Starling TKO 9 (12), 1:19 4 Feb 1989 Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, US Lost WBC, and The Ring welterweight titles
34 Win 33–1 Yung-Kil Chung TKO 5 (12), 0:42 29 Jul 1988 Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US Retained WBC, and The Ring welterweight titles
33 Win 32–1 Jorge Vaca KO 3 (12), 2:58 29 Mar 1988 Wembley Arena, London, England Won WBC, and The Ring welterweight titles
32 Loss 31–1 Jorge Vaca TD 8 (12) 28 Oct 1987 Wembley Conference Centre, London, England Lost WBC, and The Ring welterweight titles;
Split TD after Vaca cut from accidental head clash
31 Win 31–0 Gene Hatcher TKO 1 (12), 0:45 30 Aug 1987 Plaza de Toros de Nueva Andalucía, Marbella, Spain Retained WBC, IBF, and The Ring welterweight titles
30 Win 30–0 Maurice Blocker UD 12 18 Apr 1987 Royal Albert Hall, London, England Retained WBC, IBF, and The Ring welterweight titles
29 Win 29–0 Johnny Bumphus TKO 2 (12), 0:55 22 Feb 1987 Wembley Conference Centre, London, England Retained WBC, IBF, and The Ring welterweight titles
28 Win 28–0 Donald Curry RTD 6 (12), 3:00 27 Sep 1986 Circus Maximus Showroom, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US Won WBA, WBC, IBF, and The Ring welterweight titles
27 Win 27–0 Horace Shufford TKO 8 (12) 20 May 1986 Wembley Arena, London, England
26 Win 26–0 Sylvester Mittee TKO 8 (12), 1:39 27 Nov 1985 Alexandra Palace, London, England Retained European welterweight title;
Won British and Commonwealth welterweight titles
25 Win 25–0 Ralph Twinning TKO 4 (10), 1:00 1 Oct 1985 Wembley Arena, London, England
24 Win 24–0 Danny Paul UD 10 30 Aug 1985 Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
23 Win 23–0 Roger Stafford TKO 9 (10), 2:58 6 Mar 1985 Royal Albert Hall, London, England
22 Win 22–0 R W Smith RTD 6 (10), 3:00 12 Feb 1985 Royal Albert Hall, London, England
21 Win 21–0 Gianfranco Rosi KO 3 (12), 0:59 5 Jan 1985 PalaEvangelisti, Perugia, Italy Won European welterweight title
20 Win 20–0 Roberto Mendez PTS 8 6 Jun 1984 Royal Albert Hall, London, England
19 Win 19–0 Cliff Gilpin PTS 12 6 Dec 1983 Royal Albert Hall, London, England Retained British welterweight title
18 Win 18–0 Harold Brazier PTS 10 24 Oct 1983 Grosvenor House Hotel, London, England
17 Win 17–0 Kevin Austin TKO 10 (10) 9 Jul 1983 DaVinci Manor, Chicago, Illinois, US
16 Win 16–0 Cliff Gilpin PTS 12 5 Apr 1983 Royal Albert Hall, London, England Won vacant British welterweight title
15 Win 15–0 Sid Smith KO 4 (10), 2:05 1 Mar 1983 Royal Albert Hall, London, England Won Southern Area welterweight title
14 Win 14–0 Lloyd Hibbert PTS 10 18 Jan 1983 Royal Albert Hall, London, England
13 Win 13–0 Frank McCord KO 1 (8), 2:12 22 Nov 1982 Hilton on Park Lane, London, England
12 Win 12–0 Ian Kid Murray TKO 3 (8), 1:20 22 Sep 1982 Hilton on Park Lane, London, England
11 Win 11–0 Kostas Petrou PTS 8 18 May 1982 York Hall, London, England
10 Win 10–0 Dave Sullivan TKO 3 (8), 1:34 23 Mar 1982 York Hall, London, England
9 Win 9–0 Derek McKenzie TKO 6 (8), 1:35 15 Mar 1982 Hilton on Park Lane, London, England
8 Win 8–0 Tommy McCallum PTS 6 2 Mar 1982 Royal Albert Hall, London, England
7 Win 7–0 Granville Allen TKO 5 (6), 1:25 9 Feb 1982 Royal Albert Hall, London, England
6 Win 6–0 Dave Finigan KO 2 (6) 25 Jan 1982 Hilton on Park Lane, London, England
5 Win 5–0 Alan Cooper TKO 4 (8), 1:08 24 Nov 1981 Wembley Arena, London, England
4 Win 4–0 Dave Finigan TKO 1 (8), 1:36 16 Nov 1981 Hilton on Park Lane, London, England
3 Win 3–0 Dave Sullivan PTS 6 10 Feb 1981 York Hall, London, England
2 Win 2–0 Dai Davies TKO 5 (6) 20 Jan 1981 York Hall, London, England
1 Win 1–0 Mike Sullivan PTS 6 8 Dec 1980 Royal Albert Hall, London, England

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 22 April 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2014. Mr Lloyd Honeyghan, former boxer, 51
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbwF8KBx5Ok
  3. ^ Jimmy Tibbs "Sparring with life" Trinity Mirror Sport Media 2014 ISBN 978-1908695857
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YSqTH0ImYc&t=1s
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Twenty and Out: A Life in Boxing - Mickey Duff ISBN 978-0002189262
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tk3hug3jk9w
  7. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdc7nuoQOUM&t=141s
  8. ^ Honey Nasty: The Night Lloyd Honeyghan Ruined Donald Curry, Hannibal Boxing
  9. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmDXrSPL_O4&t=3s
  10. ^ McIlvanney On Boxing ISBN 978-1840186055
  11. ^ www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/boxing/2324874/Lloyd-Honeyghan-inspires-David-Haye.html
  12. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jNXMOJTiVY
  13. ^ www.just-one-liners.com/the-bell-went-ding-and-i-went-dong/
  14. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9wAeJKgEBQ
  15. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWSvKRMZ1d4
  16. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ofc7ftDHR8&t=3s
  17. ^ https://www.boxingscene.com/wbc-abolishes-automatic-point-deduction-rule-unintentional-fouls--151070
  18. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhNEFs1ICio&t=267s
  19. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABYP_8Pt2Ec&t=299s
  20. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1VZ8SV6xus&t=305s
  21. ^ https://www.boxingoverbroadway.com/the-magic-man-talks-boxing-my-interview-with-marlon-starling-mike-silver-boxing/
  22. ^ https://www.upi.com/Archives/1989/01/03/Lloyd-Honeyghan-and-Marlon-Starling-who-have-been-feuding/2036599806800/
  23. ^ https://boxrec.com/media/index.php/Marlon_Starling
  24. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FZ1NC7TD8I&t=23s
  25. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnAFiy7JrvA&t=1178s
  26. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0C0ETmErjU&t=354s
  27. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvhPU38uza0&t=419s
  28. ^ "Honeyghan Faces Fine". nytimes.com. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  29. ^ "Lloyd Honeyghan fined $1,500". nytimes.com. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  30. ^ https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1989-02-04-sp-1589-story.html
  31. ^ https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/body-blow-for-gym-used-by-champions-1448804.html
  32. ^ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/boxer-hurt-at-fight-weigh-in-1455284.html
  33. ^ www.southwarknews.co.uk/news/building-honour-boxing-champ-honeyghan/
  34. ^ https://www.pressreader.com/uk/boxing-news/20171012/281522226308930
  35. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QD4xsWaHXT4
  36. ^ https://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&edid=6f6e5d2e-59e0-487d-a1da-27e649c11f3a
  37. ^ [http://www.discogs.com/Various-Lloyd-Honeyghan-All-Stars-Vol-1/release/5771132
  38. ^ https://www.pensions-ombudsman.org.uk/decision/2009/n01279/lloyd-honeyghan-limited-pension-scheme-n01279
  39. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/boxing/8124417.stm

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Preceded by
Sid Smith
Southern Area
welterweight champion

1 March 1983 – 5 April 1983
Won full British title
Title next held by
Rocky Kelly
Title last held by
Colin Jones
British welterweight champion
5 April 1983 – April 1985
Title next held by
Kostas Petrou
Preceded by
Gianfranco Rosi
European welterweight champion
5 January 1985 – September 1986
Title next held by
Jose Varela
Preceded by
Sylvester Mittee
British welterweight champion
27 November 1985 – September 1986
Title next held by
Kirkland Laing
welterweight champion

27 November 1985 – September 1986
Title next held by
Brian Janssen
Preceded by
Mickey Hughes
super-welterweight champion

30 January 1993 – October 1994
Title next held by
Leo Young Jr.
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Donald Curry
WBA welterweight champion
27 September 1986 – December 1986
Title next held by
Mark Breland
WBC welterweight champion
27 September 1986 – 28 October 1987
Succeeded by
Jorge Vaca
IBF welterweight champion
27 September 1986 – October 1987
Title next held by
Simon Brown
The Ring welterweight champion
27 September 1986 – 28 October 1987
Succeeded by
Jorge Vaca
Undisputed welterweight champion
27 September 1986 – December 1986
Titles fragmented
Title next held by
Cory Spinks
Preceded by
Jorge Vaca
WBC welterweight champion
29 March 1988 – 4 February 1989
Succeeded by
Marlon Starling
The Ring welterweight champion
29 March 1988 – 4 February 1989
Michael Spinks
UD15 Larry Holmes
KO Magazine Upset of the Year
The Ring Upset of the Year
RTD6 Donald Curry

Sugar Ray Leonard
SD12 Marvin Hagler