Surprising and unhappy information on a Saturday night, as former Undisputed World Middleweight Champion and Boxing Corridor of Famer, Marvin Hagler has died unexpectedly on the age of 66.
Hagler’s spouse Kay confirmed his loss of life on social media late Saturday afternoon, saying the previous dominating champion of the late 70s by the mid-80s had handed away in New Hampshire,
Marvelous Marvin has handed away unexpectedly. https://t.co/6Zyvc9T1Jc
— TMZ Sports activities (@TMZ_Sports) March 13, 2021
It was earlier this week that we commemorated the anniversary of Hagler’s final win within the ring, as he defeated unbeaten Middleweight contender John “The Beast” Mugabi in a wild brawl by eleventh spherical KO in March of 1986. After Hagler acquired his hand raised that night time he famously misplaced the mega-fight showdown 13 months later in April of 1987 to “Sugar Ray” Leonard on a nonetheless controversial 12-round break up choice.
Hagler by no means fought once more after the Leonard defeat, retiring for good simply shy of his thirty third birthday.
Nevertheless, previous to that Leonard loss, he was the menacing dominant Undisputed champion of a 160 lb. division, having efficiently defended his title 12 occasions.
This included his spectacular three-round battle with Thomas “Hitman” Hearns in April of 1985. In a battle that’s thought to be arguably the best non-Heavyweight title bout ever, Hagler absorbed Hearns’ epic proper hand within the first spherical on a few events. And, Hagler then brawled him into submission a few rounds later.
The indelible picture of Hagler bleeding from a lower on his brow, however touchdown deadly proper palms to drop Hearns for the third-round KO stay, one of many iconic moments in championship preventing during the last 50 years. It was the famed Ring Journal “Combat” and “KO of the Yr” for 1985.
Hagler was born in Newark, New Jersey, however discovered his solution to Brockton, Massachusetts and rose to prominence as a membership fighter within the Nineteen Seventies being skilled by famed brothers Goody and Pat Petronelli who had been from Massachusetts.
He lastly challenged for the Middleweight championship November, 1979 in Las Vegas and was on the verge of turning into champion earlier than he was on the flawed finish of a controversial draw stored him from successful the title towards then champ, Vito Antuofermo.
Hagler later captured the belts in one other wild battle stopping England’s Alan Minter in September of 1980 with a barrage of punches and with Minter bleeding profusely in simply the third spherical of their battle at Wembley Enviornment in London.
The partisan British crowd booed, whistled and threw particles and bottles on the ring Hagler was despatched scurrying for cover unable to even have fun his victory till again within the locker room.
Hagler went on to win title fights towards the likes of Mustafa Hamsho, Absolutely Obel and a rematch with Antuofermo. He additionally decisioned fellow Corridor of Famer Roberto Duran over 15 rounds in November 1983.
After the Leonard loss Hagler, dabbled in some small finances motion movie performing and lived the retired lifetime of a former fighter often at boxing massive bouts and autograph reveals.
He spent lots of his time residing in Italy, having fun with the riches of the latter a part of his profession. He married his second spouse, Kay, in 2000 in Italy.
Hagler completed with a profession document of 62-3-2 and was inducted into the worldwide Boxing Corridor of Fame in 1993.
And, together with the likes of Carlos Monzon and Sugar Ray Robinson, is thought to be one of many high Middleweight Champions of the twentieth century