History | Jun 06 2018

30 years on the Iran Barkley – Tommy Hearns upset still shocks

On this day Iran Barkley stunned Tommy Hearns, writes James Slater
Tommy Hearns
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THOMAS HEARNS had the fight won; all he had to do was stick and move and be content to further batter his rival’s ruined face and await the timely intervention of the referee. Instead, The Upset Of The Decade unfolded.

It was three full decades ago today when the legendary “Hitman,” fresh off his history-making four-division coronation – belts won at 147, 154, 160 and 175 – signed to make the first defence of his recently acquired WBC middleweight crown against Iran Barkley.

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