It is Anniversary Time Once more: Leonard – Hagler — Boxing Information


Each yr presently – April, 6 – combat followers from all around the world interact within the ritual of re-watching the Sugar Ray Leonard-Marvelous Marvin Hagler combat. THE most argued over resolution in boxing historical past, the 12 spherical cut up resolution that went Leonard’s method won’t ever, ever be accepted by everybody as the proper outcome, the truthful outcome that ought to have been handed over inside Caesars Palace in Las Vegas 34 years in the past.

However this yr it’s totally different. That is the primary time for the reason that re-watching ritual started that it has taken place with one of many two nice fighters not with us. As we’re nonetheless saddened over the loss of life of Marvelous Marvin (and don’t you catch your self, every so often, having to remind your self, for a cut up second or so, that the good middleweight king is not with us?), there will likely be a fair higher combination of feelings felt by boxing followers once they give the 1987 epic one more viewing. I dare say many combat followers will really feel an innate need, a necessity, to attain the combat for Marvin this time; even Sugar Ray followers.

Through the years, the a long time, this combat has grown and grown like no different by way of dividing opinions on who actually deserved the win. Positive, there have been controversial resolution earlier than, and since. However Leonard-Hagler is totally different. No combat comes shut by way of having the ability to begin a passionate argument.

As we all know, Leonard, an enormous underdog going into the combat, was not solely given no shot to win however his well being was feared for. Of a ballot of fifty consultants requested who would win the combat simply 4 picked the previous welterweight champion who was having his first combat in nearly three years and his first-ever combat as a middleweight (apparently, Thomas Hearns was one of many only a few who picked Leonard to tug it off).

As we additionally know, Leonard received by a rating of 115-113, this the identical rating Hagler was awarded the choice victory by, with Leonard additionally being handed a loopy tally of 118-110. Decide Jo Jo Guerra later admitted he’d fouled up, that he ought to have awarded Hagler with two further rounds; however even a 116-112 rating would have been far too large on this combat. Everybody agrees the Leonard-Hagler combat was shut, as in as shut as your subsequent breath (to borrow a line from a fantastic Forties boxing author).

So all these years later, who do you assume received? And has your opinion modified with the unhappy passing of Marvelous Marvin? The combat meant a lot to Hagler, and in so some ways the good man by no means received over the loss. To his dying day, Hagler insisted Leonard advised him within the ring that he misplaced the combat. Leonard has mentioned that he by no means mentioned so, and that even when he had felt he had misplaced, he wouldn’t have advised Hagler.

Loads of folks really feel a draw would have been the fairest resolution, that neither man really mastered the opposite that glitzy night time in Vegas. Perhaps. Others nonetheless insist Hagler was flat-out robbed. Others nonetheless insist Leonard’s sensible, nervy and flashy efficiency was sufficient for him to have walked away with Hagler’s belt.

Maybe Richard Steele, who was the third man that night time, says it finest when he says the combat, “will get nearer and nearer each time I watch it.”

How will YOU rating Leonard-Hagler at present?

How some unofficial consultants had it:

Gil Clancy – 115-113 Leonard

Al Bernstein – 115-113 Hagler

Dave Anderson – 114-114

Howard Cosell – 117-112 Leonard

Harold Lederman – 115-113 Leonard

Phil Marder – 114-114

Tim Ryan – 6-5-1 Hagler

Bob Arum – 7-5 Hagler

Willian Nack – 116-114 Leonard

Edwin Pope – 116-112 Hagler

Dick Younger – 115-113 Leonard.


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