Marlon Starling

Birth Name: Born: Birthplace: Died: Hometown: Stance:  Height: Reach:
Marlon Starling 08-29-1959 USA


Hartford, Connecticut, USA   5′ 8″   /   173cm 73″   /   185cm


Division: Welterweight



Marlon "Magic Man" Starling (born August 29, 1959)[1] was a two-time US world champion boxer.

Amateur Career

  • Amateur record: 97-13
  • Welterweight semi-finalist at the 1977 National AAU tournament, losing to Mike McCallum.
  • Welterweight finalist at the 1975 and 1979 New England Golden Gloves tournament, losing both times to Robbie Sims.

Professional Career

He turned professional in 1979. After 25 straight wins, he lost his first fight. He lost a 12 round decision to Donald Curry in 1982. Starling had a rematch with Curry in 1984, challenging for the WBA and IBF welterweight titles. Starling lost by a 15 round decision.

Starling's second world title fight came in 1987. He knocked out Mark Breland in the 11th round to win the WBA welterweight title. In his third title defense, Starling lost the title in controversial fashion to Tomas Molinares. Molinares hit Starling with a punch that was clearly thrown after the bell. Starling went down for the only time in his career, and the referee counted him out. Molinares was declared the new champion by knock out. However, the decision was later changed to a no contest but the Colombian kept the title.

  • Knocked out Charles Newell in seven rounds in 1980. Newell later died from the injuries he suffered in the fight.
  • In his first attempt to win a world title, Starling lost a fifteen-round unanimous decision to WBA/IBF welterweight champion Donald Curry in 1984.
  • Knocked out Mark Breland in eleven rounds to win the WBA welterweight title in 1987.
  • Retained the WBA welterweight title with a disputed twelve-round draw in a rematch with Mark Breland in 1988. Most felt Starling had won the fight.
  • Lost the WBA welterweight title to Tomas Molinares in 1988. Starling was knocked out with a punch that was thrown after the bell had rung to end the sixth round. The New Jersey Athletic Control Board later changed the result to a no contest, but the WBA didn't reinstate Starling as champion.
  • KO Magazine named Starling the 4th best welterweight of the 1980s.
  • Starling has a record of 4-3-1 with 1 NC and 2 KOs in world title fights.
  • Starling has a record of 4-5-1 with 1 NC and 2 KOs against former, current and future world champions:
    • Won against Lupe AquinoSimon Brown, Mark Breland, Lloyd Honeyghan.
    • Lost against Donald Curry (twice), Johnny Bumphus, Michael Nunn, Maurice Blocker.
    • Drew with Mark Breland.
    • No contest with Tomas Molinares.

In 1989, Starling knocked out Lloyd Honeyghan to win the WBC welterweight titles. The following year, Starling challenged Michael Nunn for the IBF middleweight title, but lost by decision. In his next fight, Starling lost his welterweight titles on a close decision to Maurice Blocker. That was Starling's last fight. He retired with a record of 45-6-1-1 (27 KOs).


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