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Marlon Starling was born on August 29, 1959, in Hartford, Connecticut. He is a former professional boxer with years of experience in the sport. His professional boxing career spanned over 11 years, from 1979 to 1990.
Starling started his boxing career at the age of 19 and won his professional debut against Tim LaValley via 3rd round TKO on July 27, 1979. He went on to win the next 24 consecutive fights, which included 15 wins via stoppage.
Marlon Starling had a record of 45-6-1, including 27 knockout wins and two world titles. He fought in the Welterweight and Middleweight weight classes throughout his career.
Starling fought a total of 53 times in his career, but these three fights stand out as the highlights of his career:
- February 4, 1984: In his first world title fight, Marlon Starling lost to Donald Curry via 15 round unanimous decision. He was fighting for the WBA and IBF welterweight titles.
- August 22, 1987: Starling won the WBA welterweight title from Mark Breland via 11th round TKO.
- February 4, 1989: Starling won the WBC welterweight title from Lloyd Honeyghan via 9th round TKO.
Starling won two world titles in the Welterweight division, and all of his title-fight KO wins came in the same division.
Marlon Starling's Boxing Style and Nickname
Marlon Starling had a unique boxing style and was known for his excellent footwork, deft hand speed, and fluid movement. He had a superb jab and could strike with both hands. His style was technical, and he often used his intelligence and ring IQ to outsmart his opponents.
Starling was nicknamed "Magic Man" due to his ability to mesmerize his opponents with his movements in the ring. He was fun to watch and had an unmistakable aura about him that made him stand out from other fighters.
Marlon Starling's Title Wins and Defenses
Marlon Starling won his first world title on August 22, 1987, by defeating Mark Breland via 11th round TKO. It was a sweet victory for Starling, who had lost to Donald Curry in his previous world title fight. He successfully defended his WBA welterweight title once before losing it to Tomas Molinares in 1988.
Marlon Starling's second world title win came on February 4, 1989, when he defeated Lloyd Honeyghan via 9th round TKO to win the WBC welterweight title. He successfully defended his title once before losing it to Maurice Blocker via a majority decision on August 19, 1990.
Starling's two world titles were impressive and showed that he was one of the best fighters in the Welterweight division during his time.
Marlon Starling's Notable Wins
Marlon Starling had many notable wins throughout his career, but some of the most notable ones include:
- Lloyd Honeyghan: Marlon Starling defeated Lloyd Honeyghan via 9th round TKO to win the WBC welterweight title in 1989.
- Mark Breland: Starling won the WBA welterweight title by beating Breland via 11th round TKO.
- Norberto Bueno: Starling defeated Norberto Bueno via split decision on September 21, 1980.
- Roberto Mendez: Starling defeated Roberto Mendez via unanimous decision on August 31, 1980.
- Leo Davis: Starling defeated Leo Davis via 1st round TKO on January 12, 1981.
- Dexter Smith: Starling defeated Dexter Smith via 6th round TKO on January 30, 1981.
Marlon Starling fought many great fighters throughout his career and showcased his skills in the ring. His notable wins helped establish him as one of the best fighters of his time.
Marlon Starling's Losses
Marlon Starling lost a total of six fights during his professional boxing career, all of which came via decision. Three of those losses came in title bouts and the other three in non-title fights.
Starling's first loss was to Donald Curry via 12 round split decision on October 23, 1982. It was his first defeat, and it broke his 25-fight win streak. Other notable losses include his defeat to Tomas Molinares in 1988, which caused him to lose his WBA welterweight title, and his loss to Maurice Blocker in 1990, which caused him to lose his WBC welterweight title.
Despite his losses, Marlon Starling never lost via KO, which is a testament to his toughness and durability in the ring.
Marlon Starling's last professional fight was a welterweight title fight against Maurice Blocker on August 19, 1990. Starling lost the fight via 12 round majority decision and lost his WBC title. August 19, 1990, marked the end of his professional boxing career.
Marlon Starling retired from professional boxing with a record of 45-6-1, including 27 knockout wins and two world titles. His boxing style, footwork, and intelligence in the ring continue to inspire young fighters today, and his perfect record of never being knocked out remains a remarkable feat in the sport.
Marlon Starling was an exceptional fighter during his time, winning two world titles and losing only six fights in over 11 years of professional boxing. His unique boxing style, intelligence in the ring, and remarkable footwork helped him stand out from other fighters. His legacy in the sport continues to inspire young fighters today.
Marlon Starling Fight Record
|53||Aug 19, 1990||30||Maurice Blocker||Loss||MD|
|52||Apr 14, 1990||30||Michael Nunn||Loss||MD|
|51||Sep 15, 1989||30||Young Kil Jung||Win||UD|
|50||Feb 4, 1989||29||Lloyd Honeyghan||Win||TKO9|
|49||Jul 29, 1988||28||Tomás Molinares||NC||NC|
|48||Apr 16, 1988||28||Mark Breland||Draw||SD|
|47||Feb 5, 1988||28||Fujio Ozaki||Win||UD|
|46||Aug 22, 1987||27||Mark Breland||Win||TKO11|
|45||Jun 5, 1987||27||Norberto Bueno||Win||KO3|
|44||Feb 18, 1987||27||Pedro Vilella||Win||UD|
|43||Oct 30, 1986||27||Roberto Mendez||Win||TKO4|
|42||Sep 19, 1986||27||Dexter Smith||Win||KO5|
|41||May 18, 1986||26||Johnny Bumphus||Loss||TD|
|40||Apr 6, 1986||26||Ralph Twinning||Win||TKO7|
|39||Jan 24, 1986||26||Leo Davis||Win||KO2|
|38||Nov 22, 1985||26||Simon Brown||Win||SD|
|37||Aug 7, 1985||25||Reggie Miller||Win||UD|
|36||Apr 26, 1985||25||Floyd Mayweather Sr.||Win||UD|
|35||Jun 15, 1984||24||Pedro Vilella||Loss||MD|
|34||Apr 17, 1984||24||Lupe Aquino||Win||UD|
|33||Feb 4, 1984||24||Donald Curry||Loss||UD|
|32||Nov 26, 1983||24||Bob Graddy||Win||KO3|
|31||Nov 10, 1983||24||Sammy Rookard||Win||TKO5|
|30||Jul 24, 1983||23||Tommy Ayers||Win||MD|
|29||Apr 23, 1983||23||Jose Baret||Win||UD|
|28||Feb 5, 1983||23||Jose Baret||Win||KO4|
|27||Jan 7, 1983||23||Manuel Madera||Win||KO3|
|26||Oct 23, 1982||23||Donald Curry||Loss||SD|
|25||Sep 10, 1982||23||Inocencio De la Rosa||Win||UD|
|24||Jul 17, 1982||22||Kevin Morgan||Win||TKO1|
|23||Jun 5, 1982||22||Babilah McCarthy||Win||TKO9|
|22||Apr 23, 1982||22||Ricardo Raul Camoranesi||Win||KO3|
|21||Mar 22, 1982||22||Jose Luis Santana||Win||KO1|
|20||Jan 29, 1982||22||Danny Paul||Win||UD|
|19||Aug 28, 1981||21||Jack Morrell||Win||TKO2|
|18||Jun 25, 1981||21||Juan Hidalgo||Win||TKO5|
|17||May 29, 1981||21||Johnny Cooper||Win||TKO1|
|16||Apr 24, 1981||21||Miguel Angel Hernandez||Win||TKO8|
|15||Mar 9, 1981||21||Floyd Mayweather Sr.||Win||UD|
|14||Feb 9, 1981||21||Bruce Strauss||Win||KO2|
|13||Jan 16, 1981||21||Ruby Ortiz||Win||UD|
|12||Nov 25, 1980||21||Curtis Taylor||Win||UD|
|11||Nov 3, 1980||21||Dave Bolden||Win||TKO3|
|10||Jun 20, 1980||20||Benji Goldstone||Win||TKO5|
|9||May 23, 1980||20||Eddie Campbell||Win||UD|
|8||Apr 8, 1980||20||Feliciano Cintron||Win||TKO6|
|7||Feb 28, 1980||20||Frank Minnigan||Win||TKO4|
|6||Jan 9, 1980||20||Charles Newell||Win||KO7|
|5||Nov 5, 1979||20||John Saxton||Win||TKO4|
|4||Oct 17, 1979||20||Hector Ortiz||Win||PTS|
|3||Sep 27, 1979||20||Jerry North||Win||PTS|
|2||Sep 7, 1979||20||Hubert Jackson||Win||UD|
|1||Jul 27, 1979||19||Tim LaValley||Win||TKO3|