Despite all that, as well as the pain of a broken nose, the 25-year-old ex-champion called a press conference at 1:30 a.m. Sunday and talked with such dignity that no one was inclined to dismiss his vow that he will be back to spread havoc among the junior middleweights.
Honeyghan, holder of all three versions of the world welterweight championship, faces an early defense of his crown against Johnny Bumphus, the International Boxing Federation's No. 1 contender, but the real money fight on his horizon should involve 1984 Olympic gold medalist Mark Breland. That could be a year away.
The new champion says he has no fear of any fighter—only of fame. He had better work on that problem. Hammering Donald Curry was no way to stay out of the limelight.