Date: 15th February 1986
Venue: The Royal Dublin Society, Dublin, Ireland
Title: WBA World Featherweight Title
Promoted by: Barney Eastwood
Tv: BBC Sport
( 28 - 1 - 0 )
Weight: 125 3/4 lbs
( 23 - 2 - 0 )
Weight: 125 1/4 lbs
WBA world featherweight champion Barry McGuigan made the second defence of his title at The Royal Dublin Society against the Dominican Republic's Danilo Cabrera on the 15th February 1986. Having won the title from long-time holder Eusebio Pedroza eight months earlier in London, The "Clones Cyclone" made his first defence in Belfast against American challenger Bernard Taylor, winning when Taylor failed to come out for the 9th round.
Cabrera came in at 2 weeks notice after original opponent Fernando Sosa of Argentina withdrew with a hand injury. The 22-year-old from Santiago de los Caballeros proved to be a very worthy challenger who came to Ireland with the intention of leaving the Emerald Isle with Mcguigan's treasured title.
After 14 eventful and entertaining rounds of boxing, the referee, Eddie Eckert called a halt to the bout at 1:40 of the 14th round, declaring the champion as the winner by knockout.
Only four months later, McGuigan headed to Las Vegas to defend his title against Steve Cruz.