Sunday, December 5

Marvin Hagler, middleweight legend, dies

  • He marked a time of legend in this category in the 1980s along with fighters such as Thomas Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Durán

Boxer Marvin Hagler, one of the great middleweights in boxing history, died Saturday at the age of 66. His wife, Kay, announced his death on the Facebook page for fans of “El Maravilloso”, whose nickname later became his name.

Hagler fought on the biggest stages of boxing against the biggest names, as he, Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Durán they dominated the middleweight classes during a golden age for boxing in the 1980s. Easygoing and with a disturbing public persona, Hagler fought 67 times over 14 years as a professional, going 62-3-2.

Hagler was unmistakable in the ring, fighting from a left-handed stance With his bald head glinting in the lights He was ruthless and cruel, stopping opponent after opponent during an eight-year streak that began with a disputed draw against Vito Antuofermo in 1979 which he later avenged.

He always boxed thinking that neither the fans nor the promoters were giving him the credit he deserved. Any doubt that Hagler was not really “The Wonderful One” was erased on a spring night in 1985. He and Hearns met at one of the great middleweight matchups of the era outdoors at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and when the opening bell rang they traded blows for three minutes in an opening round that many consider the best in boxing history.

Hagler would stop Hearns in the third round, knocking him to the canvas with a barrage of punches even as blood spurted from a large gash on his forehead that nearly caused the referee to stop the fight early in the round.

Hagler fought just two more times, stopping John Mugabi a year later and then Leonard, who was coming off a three-year hiatus for a retinal detachment, in their final fight in 1987. Hagler was the favorite to win and many thought that it would destroy Leonard, but he won by a controversial decision divided by the referees.

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Hagler was born in Newark, New Jersey, and moved with his family to Brockton in the late 1960s. He was discovered as a hobbyist by the Petronelli brothers, Goody and Pat, who had a gym in Brockton and would train Hagler throughout his life. career.

He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1983.

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