Tonight at 9:00 p.m. on MSG Network’s “Friday Night Fights,” hosted by John Duddy and Mark Breland: Marlon Starling vs. Mark Breland (4/16/88).
At the time of this 1988 bout in Las Vegas, Breland had only one professional defeat – to Marlon Starling the previous year. Looking for revenge and the world welterweight title, Breland went the distance with Starling in the rematch only to be disappointed in the outcome yet again. Starling retained the belt with a draw, which was disputed by many who thought he had clearly out boxed the challenger. Breland disagrees to this day, but gives Starling and his corner, which consisted of the legendary Eddie Fuch and a very young Freddie Roach, credit for their aggressive style. Continue reading