SOUTHINGTON — A few minutes into his speech at the 75th Gold Key Dinner, former welterweight boxing champion Marlon Starling discussed one of his most famous fights, a bout in South Carolina with Mark Breland.
"This guy was supposed to be the next coming of Sugar Ray Leonard," Starling said to a crowd of about 300 at the Aqua Turf. "He was 6 feet 2 — his jab hurt like most guys' right hands. He hadn't lost a fight in 11 years. But I knew that night — this night — was my night."
The night once again belonged to Starling and several other prominent athletic figures as the Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance held its annual dinner Sunday.