On This Day in Boxing History: MICHAEL NUNN defeats MARLON STARLING, RETAINS MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE

Great fights can come out of nowhere.

On this Day. April 14, 1990 IBF Michael Nunn Successfully defended his IBF middleweight title against the challenger and former two-time welterweight champion Marlon Starling. The fight ended up being a 12 round slugfest that ended in a majority decision favoring Nunn successfully defending his title for the 4rth time.

The challenger Marlon Starling came into the fight with a 45-4 record. Just beating Young Kil Jung retaining his Welterweight title. To start his career, he won 25 straight fights. And of all of his fights the 5’8 dynamo won 27 of them by knockout. He had a 5 inch height and a 4 inch reach disadvantage but that did not stop him from entering the fight with the utmost confidence to put on a show and win .

Starling made a huge jump all the way up to 160 pounds to fight Nunn. He was competitive in spots, but the fight failed to dazzle, and fans were left disappointed. He would fight again lose and then retire.

The Champion Nunn came into the fight 34-0 . He was a super-skilled lefty, who had superstardom on his mind. Unfortunately, The Davenport, Iowa native performances could range from electric to lackluster. He was a knockout artist earlier in his career then became a safer fighter as his career went on. The 6’1 Nunn would end his career with a 58-4 record. In 2004, Nunn was sentenced to 24 years in prison for drug trafficking; he was released in February 2019.

 

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