On This Day: September 28th

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1985: Barry McGuigan defended his WBA featherweight title for the first time. The Clones Cyclone took on dangerous, unbeaten, American Bernard Taylor at the King’s Hall in Belfast, and forced a corner retirement following the eighth round. The North Carolina boxer had fought Eusebio Pedroza to a draw in 1982 and was seen as an exceedingly tough first defence for McGuigan. The Monaghan fighter however put on arguably a career-best performance to outlast and overwhelm the American to retain his belt following a tricky first few rounds.

Watch Barry McGuigan v Bernard Taylor in full below:

1992:Noel Magee was denied in his bid to win the vacant British light heavyweight title. The Belfast man had been denied by Sam Storey for the 168lbs belt three years previously, being stopped in the ninth round, and would again see his challenge falter in the ninth against Maurice Core at the New Century Hall in Manchester.

1909: Alf Spider Stewart knocked out champion Johnny Curran in the seventh round to win the Irish bantamweight title at the Empire Theatre in Dublin.

Joe O'Neill

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