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Donald Curry
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    (September 7, 1961- )
    Born in Fort Worth, Texas
    Birth name was Donald Sample
    Pro record: 34 wins (25 by KO), 6 losses
    Unified the Welterweight title by winning title matches promoted by the WBA (February 13, 1983), IBF (February 4, 1984) and WBC (December 6, 1985)
    Lost the World Welterweight Championship to Lloyd Honeyghan (September 27, 1986)
    WBC Super Welterweight Champion (July 8, 1988-February 11, 1989)
    Nicknamed ‘the Lone Star Cobra’
    He lacked charisma, with one sportswriter claiming ‘His entire career lacks even one quotable sound bite.’
    His losses of the welterweight title to Lloyd Honeyghan (September 27, 1986) and of the WBC super welterweight title to Rene Jacquot (February 11, 1989) were both chosen by Ring magazine as their ‘Upset of the Year.’
    He was jailed for six weeks for failing to pay child support (1996).
    He accused Emmett Linton, a boxer he had trained, of giving information about his finances to the mother of one of his children, leading to a fight in which they pulled guns on each other.
    They decided to take the dispute to the ring, with Linton defeated Curry by a TKO in the seventh round (April 9, 1997).
    As an amateur he fought in 400 bouts with only four losses, and won the national Golden Gloves championship (1980).
    He qualified for the 1980 US Olympic boxing team but never went due to the American boycott of the Games.
    Three months after he unified the World Welterweight Championship, his older brother Bruce won the WBC light welterweight title, making them the first siblings to hold world titles simultaneously.

Credit: C. Fishel

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