Boxing News: Hagler’s life to be celebrated in hometown » May 19, 2021


Brockton Mayor Robert F. Sullivan had introduced a serious occasion to rejoice the life {of professional} boxing legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler on Sunday, Could twenty third at 2 p.m. at Rocky Marciano Stadium in Brockton, Massachusetts.

Could twenty third has been declared “Marvelous Marvin Hagler Day” within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by Gov. Charles Baker and this particular public memorial will characteristic a number of celeb friends and audio system, together with legendary boxing champion Bernard Hopkins, ESPN host Stephen A. Smith, Showtime Championship Boxing analyst Al Bernstein, WCVB Channel 5 sports activities anchor Mike Lynch, acclaimed boxing author and historian Ron Borges and members of the Hagler household. There will even be a video tribute to the long-lasting champ offered by occasion sponsor Copeland Toyota.

Boxing promoter and Hagler household buddy Peter Czymbor of Brockton will function Grasp of Ceremonies. Extra friends and celeb audio system might be introduced within the coming weeks.

“Marvelous Marvin Hagler has been an inspiration and a supply of civic satisfaction for Brockton for generations. He is without doubt one of the main explanation why we’re often called the ‘Metropolis of Champions,’” Mayor Sullivan stated. “This public memorial might be a becoming tribute to one in every of our metropolis’s favourite sons and one in every of boxing’s all-time greats.”

Hagler handed away March 13, 2021 on the age of 66. The general public occasion will rejoice Hagler’s monumental influence on the sports activities world and the Metropolis of Brockton, which he known as house for a lot of his life. Hagler was skilled in Brockton by the Petronelli brothers and have become one of many world’s most dominant skilled athletes of the 1980’s, efficiently defending his undisputed world middleweight titles 12 instances in basic bouts towards fellow boxing legends equivalent to Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, Roberto Duran, and John “The Beast” Mugabi.

Hagler’s three spherical struggle towards Thomas Hearns in 1985 is broadly thought-about one of many biggest fights within the historical past {of professional} boxing. He starred in TV commercials, appeared on late evening TV and, after his boxing profession ended, he starred in motion motion pictures in Italy.

“Marvelous Marvin Hagler serves as an incredible position mannequin for the younger folks right here within the Metropolis of Brockton,” stated Todd Copeland, CEO of Copeland Toyota, which is the occasion’s lead sponsor. “He was by no means knocked down and he all the time saved charging forward towards victory. Hagler is an emblem of what may be achieved by arduous work and tireless willpower. Copeland Toyota is honored to take part in such a particular occasion for our metropolis.”

Different occasion sponsors embrace Lyft, which is offering entry to free and discounted rides to the occasion, and Bertucci’s, which is internet hosting a hospitality space for the Hagler household and VIP friends.

“Brockton has been house to Bertucci’s for a really very long time and we’re thrilled to be a part of this present day honoring boxing legend and Brockton native Marvelous Marvin Hagler,” stated Robert Earl, Founder and CEO of Bertucci’s mum or dad firm Planet Hollywood. “We’re blissful to be a part of such an ideal occasion right here within the metropolis of Brockton.”

Brendan Joyce, Neighborhood Strategist for Lyft in Massachusetts, stated: “Lyft is proud to assist folks entry transportation to this occasion honoring Hagler’s life, achievements and his many contributions to the Metropolis of Champions.”

The occasion might be open to the general public, however seating could also be restricted relying on the newest COVID-19 tips. Gates for the occasion open at 1 p.m. at Marciano Stadium, positioned on the Brockton Excessive College campus at 45 Breer St., Brockton. This system will begin at 2 p.m.

Extra data might be launched within the coming days.

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