In March 1998 he won the Commonwealth super middleweight title beating Clinton Woods on points. In November 1998 Starie regained the British super middlweight title when he knocked out Ali Forbes to win the vacant title.
In 2003 he vacated the British super middlweight title and lost his Commonwealth super middleweight title on points to Andre Thysse.
In June 2003 Starie fought for the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association super middleweight titles losing on points to Sven Ottke. This was to be Starie's last fight in the ring. He announced retirement August 2003.
Starie is now a full-time firefighter, after doing work in this capacity part-time during his boxing career.
In June 2006, David Starie talked about returning to the ring. Promoters and the British Boxing Board of Control told him that he was likely to need only two warm-up fights before being offered a shot at the British super middleweight title, which he vacated following his retirement. Starie rejected the offer.