Mark Breland vs Lloyd Honeyghan WBA World welterweight title DUAL SIGNED (inside) official on-site 22 page programme, 3rd March 1990, The Arena, Wembley, London.
Breland W TKO 3
Honeyghan was knocked down six times
Mark Anthony Breland (born May 11, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York) former WBA welterweight World champion, who won five New York Golden Gloves Titles and a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics. He is also an actor with a wide range of movie and television credits, having made his debut in The Lords of Discipline.
Amateur Boxing Career
Breland compiled an unbelievable amateur record of 110-1. Highlights of which were:
* Five-Time New York Golden Gloves Champion (1980-84), his record in this competition was 21-0 (19 KO's), with 14 knockouts coming in the 1st round.
* 1981 – United States Amateur Welterweight competition, lost to Darryl Anthony on points. This would be Breland's only loss an amateur.
* 1981 – won Intercity Golden Gloves in the welterweight division, stopped Efrain Bennett in the first.
* 1982 – United States Amateur Welterweight Champion
* 1982 – Gold Medal (Welterweight) at the World Championships in Munich, West Germany
* Defeated Vesa Koskela (SWE)
* Defeated Mihai Ciubotaru (ROM)
* Defeated Manfred Zielonka (FRG)
* Defeated Serik Konakbayev (URS)
1983 – United States Amateur Welterweight Champion
* Defeated Bill Harrington TKO 3
* Defeated Tony Golden TKO 2
* Defeated Alton Rice on points
* Defeated James Mitchell TKO 2
1984 – Qualified as a Welterweight at the 1984 Olympic Trials in Fort Worth, Texas
* Defeated Louis Howard on points
* Defeated Mylon Watkins TKO 1
* Defeated Davey Gutierrez on points
* Defeated Louis Howard on points, at the Olympic Box-Offs in Las Vegas.
1984 – Gold Medal (Welterweight) at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California
* Defeated Wayne Gordon (CAN) on points
* Defeated Carlos Reyes (PUR) TKO 3
* Defeated Rudel Obreja (ROM) on points
* Defeated Genaro Leon (MEX) KO 1
* Defeated Luciano Bruno (ITA) on points
* Defeated Yong-Su Ahn (KOR) on points
Professional Boxing Career
Breland turned professional in 1984. In 1987, Breland won the vacant WBA World Welterweight Championship. He lost it in his first defence to Marlon Starling. In 1989, Breland again won the vacant WBA Welterweight Title. He made three successful title defences before losing it to Aaron Davis.
In 1997, Breland retired with a professional record of 35-3-1 (25 KOs).
Breland is currently a boxing trainer, having trained Vernon Forrest among other notable boxers.
Lloyd Honeyghan (born 22 April 1960). Born in Jamaica, he was WBC/WBA & IBF welterweight champion from 1986 to 1987. and WBC welterweight champion from 1988 to 1989.
Honeyghan stunned the boxing fraternity when he forced super-star Donald Curry to retire at the end of round six on 27 September of 1986 to win the World Welterweight title.
Before the fight Curry dismissed his unknown foreign opponent, asking "Who is this ragamuffin?". Honeyghan adopted the title "ragamuffin" or "Ragamuffin Man" with relish.
The fight had taken place one night after another "expert shocker", when Edwin Rosario knocked out Livingstone Bramble in two rounds to claim the WBA World Lightweight title, and one week after Honeyghan's win, Ring Magazine mentioned his victory on their "Weekend of shockers!" issue's cover. (Rosario's photo was featured on the cover of that issue).
He then changed his boxer-puncher style to that of more of an out-and-out slugger.In his first defence he caused controversy by racing across the ring and hitting his opponent Johnny Bumphus as soon as the bell sounded at the start of the second round. Bumphus was given time to recover but the fight had been knocked out of him already and he did not last much longer.
In his second defence of the title, Honeyghan defeated American Maurice Blocker on points. He become a crowd pleaser with his all action style of fighting and recorded one of the fastest wins in a World title fight with a 40 second blow-out of former light welterweight champion Gene Hatcher.
He lost his title to Jorge Vaca in 1987 when a clash of heads meant that the fight had to be stopped due to a cut sustained by Vaca. The scorecards at the time of the stoppage favoured Vaca.
Honeyghan became only the second British boxer in history to regain a World title when he knocked Vaca out in a return fight, the first being Ted "Kid" Lewis earlier in the 20th century.
Honeyghan disagreed with the WBA's rules that allowed fights to take place in apartheid South Africa, so he publicly dumped the WBA Welterweight belt into a London trash bin soon after winning it, relinquishing the title rather than defending it against South African Harold Volbrecht. This move would prove significant, as soon after, the WBA stopped sanctioning fights held in South Africa.
He had to apologise to the WBA for his previous actions in order to fight for the WBA title in 1990 against Mark Breland.
By this time Honeyghan was past his best having lost the WBC title to Marlon Starling in 1989 and was stopped in 3 rounds after being knocked down 6 times. Honeyghan claimed to be weight-weakened, but was probably suffering from the effects of the punishment he had taken in the Starling fight.
He carried on boxing at light-middleweight and was still good enough to win the Commonwealth title at this weight. He retired after he was stopped by Adrian Dodson in 1995. Following his retirement he tried his hand at boxing promoting but without the contacts did not make much of an impact.
Lloyd once stated before a title fight against Maurice Blocker, that if he couldn't get a bout with Sugar Ray Leonard, he would retire, although his manager and promoter, Mickey Duff, said this was nonsense.
He is a speaker on the after dinner circuit and sometimes can be found ringside at some of the major shows in London.
Honeyghan has nine children Nicole Honeyghan, Duwayne Honeyghan, Renaldo Honeyghan, Monique Honeyghan, Lloyd Honeyghan Jnr, Bianca Honeyghan and Three other sons.
Three of Honeyghans children are involved in the fashion industry they are Monique and Bianca Honeyghan who are in control of www.lovemyvintage.com and Lloyd Honeyghan Jnr who is CEO of Dog and Bone Clothing TM (www.dogandboneclothing.com).