Boxing legend Marvin Hagler, the undisputed middleweight champion from 1980 to 1987, died on Saturday at age 66, his spouse stated. In a posting on the famed fighter’s Fb web page, Kay G. Hagler stated her husband handed away on the household dwelling. “I’m sorry to make a really unhappy announcement. At the moment sadly my beloved husband Marvelous Marvin handed away unexpectedly at his dwelling right here in New Hampshire,” she wrote. “Our household requests that you simply respect our privateness throughout this tough time.” “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler fought from 1973 to 1987 and delivered a number of the epic bouts in a golden period of the game, ending with a file of 62-3 with two drawn and 52 knockouts.
The southpaw’s most heralded triumph got here in a 1985 matchup at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in opposition to Thomas “Hitman” Hearns that lasted solely a tick over eight minutes however was thought to be a traditional.
After a primary spherical full of energy punches during which Hearns suffered a damaged proper hand, Hagler suffered a lower to the pinnacle early within the second.
A ringside physician examined Hagler within the third spherical and the combat went on. Hagler wobbled Hearns with a powerhouse proper and despatched him to the canvas moments later, Hearns rising solely to break down into referee Richard Steele’s arms.
Hagler received the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Affiliation middleweight titles in 1980, stopping Britain’s Alan Minter within the third spherical at London’s Wembley Enviornment, and added the Worldwide Boxing Federation’s inaugural title in 1983.
Hagler defended the undisputed crown 12 instances, together with a 15-round unanimous resolution victory over Panama’s Roberto Duran in 1983 and his remaining triumph, an Eleventh-round knockout of unbeaten Ugandan John Mugabi in 1986.
“Marvelous Marvin Hagler was among the many biggest athletes that Prime Rank ever promoted,” legendary US promoter Bob Arum stated. “He was a person of honor and a person of his phrase, and he carried out within the ring with unparallelled dedication.
“He was a real athlete and a real man. I’ll miss him drastically,” Arum added of Hagler, a member of the middleweight division’s “4 Kings” of the Nineteen Eighties together with Hearns, “Sugar” Ray Leonard and Duran.
Over a decade from 1976 to 1986, Hagler went unbeaten with 36 wins and a draw.
Named Fighter of the 12 months in 1983 and 1985 by the Boxing Writers Affiliation of America, he was named Fighter of the Decade within the Nineteen Eighties by Boxing Illustrated.
He carried a 16-fight win streak into what proved to be his remaining combat, a showdown with Leonard in 1987 at age 32.
Leonard, coming off three years of retirement at age 30, captured a controversial 12-round break up resolution and launched his return to the ring as Hagler – angered by the scoring — bid farewell.
After stepping out of the ring, Hagler pursued performing and a profession as a boxing commentators. He was inducted into the Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Fame in 1993.
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