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Donald Curry

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  • Nickname: Lone Star Cobra
  • Date of Birth: 7th September 1961 (62 years old)
  • Retired: 9th April 1997 (Career length: 16 years 3 months)
  • Status: Retired
  • Nationality: USA Flag USA
  • Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, USA Flag Fort Worth, Texas, USA
  • Residence: Fort Worth, Texas, USA Flag Fort Worth, Texas, USA
  • Division: Welterweight
  • Height: 177cm
  • Reach: 183cm
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • BoxRec: Donald Curry
  • Debut: 26th December 1980

Biography

Born on September 7, 1961, Donald Curry's journey through professional boxing was marked by incredible highs, devastating lows, and a resilience that saw him fight back from adversity inside and outside the ring.

Curry's amateur career was nothing short of spectacular. He amassed a record of 400-4 (or 396-4, depending on the source) and won numerous titles, including the 1980 World Cup Gold Medal. His success in the amateur ranks, and his inability to compete in the 1980 Moscow Olympics due to the U.S. boycott set the stage for a highly anticipated professional debut.

Turning pro in 1980 at 19, Curry quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the welterweight division. His speed, power, and technical prowess earned him the moniker "The Lone Star Cobra," he soon fought for world titles.

In 1983, Curry captured the WBA welterweight championship with a dominant performance against Jun-Suk Hwang. He would go on to unify the WBA and IBF titles in a rematch with Marlon Starling before claiming the WBC belt in a stunning second-round knockout of Milton McCrory in 1985. With this victory, Curry became the first undisputed welterweight champion since Sugar Ray Leonard's retirement in 1982.

At the peak of his career, Curry was considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. His record stood at 25-0 with 20 knockouts, and he seemed poised for greatness. However, a shocking upset loss to Lloyd Honeyghan in 1986 would begin a dramatic downward spiral for the once-invincible champion.

Curry's move up to the light middleweight division yielded mixed results. Despite capturing the WBC title in 1988 with a ninth-round TKO of Gianfranco Rosi, he would lose the belt in his first defence against Rene Jacquot. Subsequent title challenges against Michael Nunn and Terry Norris ended in defeat, with the latter fight marking Curry's retirement from the sport in 1991.

Legal troubles and financial woes outside the ring marred Curry's life. In 1994, he was indicted on drug conspiracy charges, though he was ultimately acquitted of all charges. The legal battle left him financially drained, and he found himself serving time in jail for failing to pay child support.

In 1997, driven by a need for money and a desire to settle a personal feud with former protégé Emmett Linton, Curry made a brief comeback to the ring. The comeback was short-lived, however, as Curry suffered a devastating seventh-round TKO loss to Linton. It was later revealed that Curry had fought with acute pancreatitis, a condition that undoubtedly affected his performance.

Despite the tumultuous end to his career, Donald Curry's legacy as one of the greatest welterweights of his era remains secure. His induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2019 is a testament to his incredible skill, accomplishments, and contributions to the sport.

Curry's story is one of triumph and tragedy, of a man who reached the pinnacle of his profession only to see it all come crashing down. Yet, through it all, his fighting spirit and determination never wavered. In the face of adversity, in and out of the ring, Donald Curry always remained a true warrior.