Lloyd Honeyghan

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Lloyd Honeyghan
Errol Christie and Lloyd Honeyghan.jpg
Honeyghan (right) with Errol Christie
Statistics
Nickname(s) Ragamuffin Man
Rated at
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Reach 69 in (175 cm)
Nationality British
Born (1960-04-22) 22 April 1960 (age 57)
Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 48
Wins 43
Wins by KO 30
Losses 5

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

Early life and amateur career[edit]

Honeyghan was born in Jamaica and spent his early years in that country.[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.

Professional career[edit]

Honeyghan turned professional with Terry Lawless in 1980. He debuted with a six-round points 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 Junior Middleweight Champion over 10 rounds. He followed this by capturing the Southern Area Welterweight Title with a fourth-round KO over the dangerous Sid Smith in March 1983.

British welterweight champion[edit]

Honeyghan captured the British Title by 12 round 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.

He remained busy throughout 1983, travelling to the United States to defeat Kevin Austin, then outpointing American 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 serious hand injury and had to have a pin inserted into his left hand to keep the bone in place.

European welterweight champion[edit]

On 5 January 1985 he capturing the European Welterweight Title with a highly impressive third-round knockout of future two time World Junior Middleweight Champion Gianfranco Rosi in Perugia, Italy. Honeyghan kept extremely busy during 1985, defeating three American 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. He signed with Mickey Duff and Honeyghan closed out 1985 with a stoppage victory over fellow world rated Briton and former stable-mate Sylvester Mittee for the European, British and Commonwealth titles.

On 20 May 1986 Honeyghan stopped top American contender Horace Shufford in eight rounds in London, earning him a title shot against the unbeaten and undisputed World Welterweight Champion Donald Curry of the United States.

Undisputed welterweight champion[edit]

At the time Curry was considered the best pound for pound fighter in the world and Honeyghan was given little chance by the majority of the media. He caused a major upset by dominating the fight, dropping Curry in the second round, before Curry retired at the end of round six. Before the fight Curry had himself dismissed his unknown foreign opponent, asking "Who is this ragamuffin?". Honeyghan thereafter adopted the title "ragamuffin" or "Ragamuffin Man" with relish.

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 belt into a London trash bin soon after winning it, relinquishing the title rather than defending it against South African Harold Volbrecht. This move would prove significant, as soon after, the WBA stopped sanctioning fights held in South Africa.

Continued title defences[edit]

After winning the world title he changed his boxer-puncher style to that of more of an out-and-out slugger. In his first defence, after dominating and flooring his opponent in the first round, he caused controversy by racing across the ring and hitting his opponent, former World light welterweight champion Johnny Bumphus as soon as the bell sounded to start the second round. Bumphus was given time to recover but the fight had been knocked out of him and he did not last much longer. In his second defence of the title, Honeyghan defeated the then unbeaten future World Champion Maurice Blocker on points. 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 light welterweight champion Gene Hatcher of the United States.

Losing the titles[edit]

He lost his 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. The scorecards at the time of the stoppage favoured Vaca. Honeyghan became only the second British boxer in history to regain a world title when he easily knocked Vaca out in a return fight in the third round, the first being Ted "Kid" Lewis earlier in the 20th century. In the post fight press conference Honeyghan 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."

Honeyghan next defended against tough South Korean Yung-Kil Chung, halting him in five rounds in July 1988. In February 1989 Honeyghan lost his title to former Don Curry victim and archrival Marlon Starling. Honeyghan boxed wildly against the defensively excellent Starling, and was stopped in the ninth round after taking heavy punishment. Honeyghan returned later in the year, labouring to a points decision over Delfino Marin in the USA, 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. Honeyghan claimed to be weight-weakened, but was probably both sliding skillwise and still suffering from the effects of the punishment he had taken in the Starling fight.

Later career at light-middleweight[edit]

In 1991, he resumed his career at light middleweight and 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 title at Light Middleweight by defeating the useful Mickey Hughes, however in June of that year he was stopped in 10 rounds by former world champion Vinny Pazienza. 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 middleweight bout by fellow Briton Adrian Dodson in three rounds in 1995, on the same boxing show as Nigel Benn v Gerald McClellan.

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 State Athletic Commission.[2][3]

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 light-middleweight 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 light-middleweight 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, The Ring, and lineal 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, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles
33 Win 32–1 Jorge Vaca KO 3 (12), 2:58 29 Mar 1988 Wembley Arena, London, England Won WBC, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles
32 Loss 31–1 Jorge Vaca TD 8 (12) 28 Oct 1987 Wembley Conference Centre, London, England Lost WBC, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles;
Split TD after Vaca sustained a cut from an 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, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles
30 Win 30–0 Maurice Blocker UD 12 18 Apr 1987 Royal Albert Hall, London, England Retained WBC, IBF, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles
29 Win 29–0 Johnny Bumphus TKO 2 (12), 0:55 22 Feb 1987 Wembley Conference Centre, London, England Retained WBC, IBF, The Ring, and lineal 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, The Ring, and lineal 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 British 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 Professional debut

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 22 April 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2014. Mr Lloyd Honeyghan, former boxer, 51 
  2. ^ "Honeyghan Faces Fine". nytimes.com. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Lloyd Honeyghan fined $1,500". nytimes.com. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Preceded by
Sid Smith
British Southern Area welterweight champion
1 March 1983 – 5 April 1983
Won full British title
Vacant
Title next held by
Rocky Kelly
Vacant
Title last held by
Colin Jones
British welterweight champion
5 April 1983 – April 1985
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Kostas Petrou
Preceded by
Gianfranco Rosi
European welterweight champion
5 January 1985 – September 1986
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Jose Varela
Preceded by
Sylvester Mittee
British welterweight champion
27 November 1985 – September 1986
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Kirkland Laing
Commonwealth welterweight champion
27 November 1985 – September 1986
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Brian Janssen
Preceded by
Mickey Hughes
Commonwealth light-middleweight champion
30 January 1993 – October 1994
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Leo Young Jr.
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Donald Curry
WBA welterweight champion
27 September 1986 – December 1986
Vacated
Vacant
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
Vacated
Vacant
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
Vacant
Title next held by
Cory Spinks
Lineal welterweight champion
27 September 1986 – 28 October 1987
Succeeded by
Jorge Vaca
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
Lineal welterweight champion
29 March 1988 – 4 February 1989
Awards
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Michael Spinks
UD15 Larry Holmes
The Ring Upset of the Year
RTD6 Donald Curry

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