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October 25, 1987

One-time heavyweight contender Joe Bugner, fighting in a British ring for the first time in 4 1/2 years, was stopped by Frank Bruno in the eighth round of their scheduled 12-round bout in London. Bugner, 37, announced his retirement after the fight.

Bugner, who went the distance twice with Muhammad Ali and once with Joe Frazier in his 20-year career, came into the fight weighing 256 1/2 pounds, 26 1/2 pounds more than Bruno, who won for the 32nd time in 34 fights.

Bugner, who left Britain four years ago when faced with a two-month jail sentence and a $23,000 child-support claim from his former wife, wore the colors of Australia, his adopted country.

The fight was attended by 32,000 at a soccer stadium and according to one report was Britain's largest-grossing sports event ever, with revenues estimated at $5 million.

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