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April 22, 2018
April 22, 2018
george foreman

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ON this day in 1995, heavyweight legend George Foreman met a German contender who, at the time, was almost unheard of outside of his homeland. The fight, held at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, nevertheless proved to be a very hard one for the 46-year-old boxing superstar; one many people did not think he had won at the conclusion of 12 rounds.

Ten facts about the fight:

1. DUBBED “Celebration,” the Schulz fight was Foreman’s first defence of the heavyweight title he had regained in shocking fashion the previous November, when the former king scored an amazing KO over Michael Moorer. That incredible night, Foreman claimed both the IBF and WBA titles, yet the Schulz fight contested only the IBF belt as Foreman had refused to face WBA No.1 contender Tony Tucker and the organisation stripped him. “Big” George was, however, the lineal heavyweight champion.

2. SCHULZ, 26, was a whopping 6-1 underdog and many experts felt Foreman was being handed a safe first defence before a huge clash with Mike Tyson. Sporting a  21-1-1 record – the points loss and the draw coming against British-born Henry Akinwande – the 6’3” challenger was coming off a points win over a faded James “Bonecrusher” Smith.

3. THE challenger was given such a poor chance by the media, one well known boxing magazine wrote how Axel Rose, the lead singer of rock band Guns ’N’ Roses would be better equipped at giving Foreman a fight… Despite the criticism and the odds against him, Schulz surprised everyone with a fine effort.

4. FAST – especially compared to the lumbering Foreman – and in great physical shape, possessing a nice left jab and a sharp right hand, Schulz was soon (appearing to) put rounds in the bank with his clever boxing. Not allowing Foreman to get set, the much younger man used his left hand and followed it up with quick rights to the head. Foreman did land some shots, opening a cut on Schulz’s forehead in the fourth-round, but the challenger was able to deal with whatever did get through from the older man. By the later rounds, Foreman’s left eye was swollen shut and it seemed to everyone he needed yet another miracle, come-from-behind KO to pull out a win.

5. THE Foreman KO never came, however, and at the end it seemed the huge underdog had pulled off one of the sport’s big upsets. HBO unofficial judge Harold Lederman had Schulz winning by a wide margin of 117-111. The three men that mattered disagreed, though, with two judges handing the win to Foreman by scores of 115-113, 115-113 and a drawn tally of 114-114 being handed in by the third official.

6. IN the post-fight interviews, Foreman, when asked if he thought he had lost, replied, ‘No, that fellow ran.” For his part, Schulz said that he felt Foreman, if he was the champion he believed he was, would grant him an immediate rematch.

7. SOON afterwards, the IBF ordered a return fight between the two, but Foreman wanted no part of it. The IBF stripped Foreman, leaving him with only his claims to the linear title as well as the WBU belt (which, having been vacant, had also been on the line in the first fight with Schulz).

8. FOREMAN did nothing for the next 19 months. When he did return, in Tokyo in late 1996, Foreman faced a fighter even more nondescript than Schulz had been, in unbeaten club fighter Crawford Grimsley. Grimsley might have been 20-0, yet he had never fought anything approaching a world class heavyweight. Foreman won a wide decision that thrilled nobody.

9. AFTER the disappointment of the Foreman defeat, Schulz further proved his fighting ability in title fights. After boxing to a 12-round No Contest  with Frans Botha in a fight for the IBF belt Foreman was stripped (Botha failing a post-fight drugs test), Schulz lost a split decision to Foreman KO victim Moorer on the Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield card of November, 1996. Schulz fought on until 1999, when he was KO’d by an up and coming Wladimir Klitschko in the eighth-round. Schulz did make an unsuccessful comeback in 2006, only to lose by stoppage to Brian Minto.

10. FOREMAN’S career finally came to an end in November of 1997, when he himself fell victim to a bad decision in his fight with Shannon Briggs.

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April 22, 2018
April 22, 2018
Lennox Lewis

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ON this day in 2001 Lennox Lewis suffered a huge knockout loss. The Briton was the unified WBC and IBF heavyweight champion and 28-year-old Hasim Rahman was near-universally expected to be a run of the mill victory for him.

Perhaps 20-1 favourite Lewis thought the same. He arrived in South Africa for their title fight with not enough time to acclimatise to the altitude. He had been in Las Vegas filming Ocean’s Eleven and arrived jetlagged. He came to South Africa two weeks ahead of time (experts suggested that he needed five to six weeks). Lewis however said, “I’ve boxed at altitude against Henry Akinwande in Lake Tahoe in 1997 and trained at altitude in Big Bear before. My body is used to it.”

Reports had also emerged that Lamon Brewster had dropped him in sparring with a serious punch. In the Boxing News preview Claude Abrams asked, ‘Has Lewis taken Rahman lightly?’

He had and he was punished for his complacency. In the fifth round Rahman detonated a perfect right hand on the champion’s chin and delivered a shocking knockout. “One of the most dramatic finales in boxing and sports history,” Claude Abrams wrote fromCarnival City, Brakpan.

Lennox Lewis

“I felt I won each round comfortably but he never gave up,” Lewis reflected. “He was throwing a right as I did and he landed first. I went down and didn’t beat the count.”

Lennox Lewis did however have his revenge. They rematched later that year and Lennox knocked him out in four rounds. Their rematch took place in Las Vegas.

April 20, 2018
April 20, 2018
JOSE LUIS CASTILLO SWINGS AT FLOYD MAYWEATHER.

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TO this day, the critics of Floyd Mayweather Jnr point to his first fight with Mexico’s Jose Luis Castillo when they wish to prove that Mayweather is neither invincible nor, as he himself claims to be, “T. B.E,” The Best Ever.

Back On This Day in 2002, Mayweather, in the eyes of his fiercest critics, actually lost a fight. Even those who feel Mayweather deserved the unanimous decision that went his way after 12 rough and tough rounds agree how “Money,” or “Pretty Boy,” as Floyd was known at the time, looked anything but great.

Going up against Castillo, at The MGM Grand in his home of Las Vegas, 25-year-old Mayweather challenged the 28-year-old known as “El Temible” for the Mexican’s WBC lightweight crown. What happened in the ring that night has certainly become the subject of great debate; becoming even more so as the years have passed and Mayweather’s greatness has grown. Was Castillo robbed that night, or, at the very least, is the Mexican the only man to have come close to putting down a blueprint (something Floyd claims does not exist) on how to defeat the exceptionally gifted multi-weight king?

Mayweather won the early rounds that night, but Castillo, an underrated boxer who was also uncommonly tough, came on after a slow start and began putting rounds in the bank. How did Castillo achieve the mid-rounds success he enjoyed – by forgetting about Mayweather’s head and instead targeting, with efficiency, his midsection. Castillo, cutting off the ring, boxed a patient fight, he did not get flustered by Floyd’s superb defensive moves and head movement, and he also used his physical strength by leaning on Mayweather, looking to both slow him down and tire him out. These tactics proved effective, enough for many respected judges to feel that Mayweather should not be sporting the perfect record he is today.

Floyd Mayweather jab

Officially, Mayweather improved to 29-0 and captured his second world title by margins of 116-111 and 115-111 twice. But Castillo, who fell to 45-5-1, was convinced he’d done enough to have won. Those who agreed/agree with him include Harold Lederman of HBO, who had it a wide 115-111 for Castillo. Dan Rafael of ESPN had it all even at 114-114.

After the far tougher than expected rumble, Mayweather underwent surgery on his left shoulder. Floyd had partially blamed his damaged rotator cuff for the tough win and craved a rematch. The two met again in December of 2002, with Mayweather winning in a more convincing manner this time; in a showing even his critics were forced to applaud. Interestingly, however, the judges’ scores were far closer in the rematch, with Floyd prevailing by just two points on two cards.

The Castillo fights took place a long, long time ago, and it’s almost certainly testament to Mayweather’s brilliance that his critics continue to clutch at straws in pointing a finger towards the first meeting as “proof” that he is not the sublime talent everyone else agrees he is.

April 20, 2018
April 20, 2018
rubin carter

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“THE HURRICANE” Rubin Carter, who passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2014 from prostate cancer at the age of 76, will forever be linked, yes with a formidable boxing career, but primarily with the murders of three people in a bar in Paterson, New Jersey.

Carter, immortalised in film and song as The Hurricane, was, along with his companion John Artis, convicted of the murders of James Oliver, Fred Nauyoks and Hazel Tanis in the Lafayette Bar and Grill at around 2.30am on June 17, 1966. Carter and Artis were jailed for life the following year. Both protested their innocence.

The popular theory at the time was that this was a racist slaying in response to the killing of a black bartender by a white racketeer the previous day. Carter and Artis were black, the victims in the bar white. Later it became plain the case against them was horribly flawed.

Eight years on, the two chief prosecution witnesses, Alfred Bello and Arthur Bradley, withdrew their statements, saying they had been pressed into naming Carter and Artis by the police. Bello and Bradley were hardly credible witnesses in the first place. Both convicted felons, they admitted they had been near the scene of the crime because they were planning to commit a burglary at a local factory.

Carter released an autobiography, The Sixteenth Round, while incarcerated in Rahway State Penitentiary. Bob Dylan wrote Hurricane and performed benefit concerts in Madison Square Garden, where Carter’s biggest fights had been held, and Muhammad Ali led a protest march in Trenton, New Jersey.

In March 1976 the convictions were overturned and a retrial ordered, but the celebrities melted away when a 61-year-old woman, Carolyn Kelley, who had campaigned for Carter’s release, claimed he had beaten her unconscious in a hotel room. Kelley’s claim seemed flimsy, Carter denied it and no charges were brought, but perhaps the damage had been done. When Bello changed his mind again and said his original statement was the truth, just before Christmas 1976 Carter and Artis were convicted of the murders for the second time.

Artis was paroled in 1981 but it was another four years before Judge H. Lee Sarokin ruled the convictions were based on “an appeal to racism rather than reason and concealment rather than disclosure”, and Carter was released. Members of a close-knit Canadian commune, who had compiled the evidence to help free him, then took him back with them. He lived there for some years and carried out motivational talks, but when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, it was Artis who took on the task of caring for him.

Carter, from a family of seven children, was raised in Paterson. “I wasn’t dumb,” he said once. “Just hard to control.” That was perhaps an understatement. At 14 he was convicted of assault and sent to Jamesburg Home For Boys. He escaped and joined the US Army, served in Europe, but was eventually discharged before his time was up, and rearrested for the escape, after which he spent five months in jail. In 1957 he was locked up for mugging, among others, a middle-aged black woman. He pleaded guilty and spent four-and-a-half years behind bars.

When he emerged at the age of 24, he became a professional fighter. He had learned to box in the Army, with an alleged 51 wins in 56 bouts. His pro debut was in Annapolis, Maryland, in September 1961. Little more than a year later, this muscular, heavy-punching middleweight had destroyed former world title challenger Florentino Fernandez in 69 seconds at Madison Square Garden. “The Hurricane” was born.

He beat solid operators like Holly Mims and Gomeo Brennan on points, lost inside the distance for the only time in his life when Jose Gonzalez beat him on a cut, beat George Benton on one split decision, lost to Joey Archer on another, and then scored his highest profile victory when he blasted Emile Griffith to defeat in 133 seconds in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in December 1963. Griffith was down twice. Some called Rubin a middleweight Sonny Liston. He liked the comparison.

He outpointed future WBA heavyweight champion Jimmy Ellis and in December 1964 challenged Joey Giardello for the world middleweight title in Philadelphia. Giardello outjabbed him to take a clear unanimous decision. (Giardello would later sue the producers of the movie who encouraged the line that Carter was robbed by a racist verdict.).

Carter lost some momentum after that, perhaps because of the disappointment he felt at failing to win the championship, perhaps because he was always destined to have a relatively short spell at the top.

A later biographer, James Hirsch, said Carter was an alcoholic throughout his boxing career.

For a while, the trademark shaven head, moustache and beard, with his muscular physique, had helped him intimidate opponents, or at least make them more conservative, but gradually defeats began to become more frequent.

Luis Rodriguez, the former welterweight champion, outpointed him twice. He came to London to share the ring twice with the talented Liverpudlian, Harry Scott, at the Albert Hall. Carter won the first fight in the ninth, lost the second on points after putting Scott down. While he was in London there was an unseemly incident when a gun went off in his hotel room.

In May 1965 Carter took a pounding for 10 round s from Dick Tiger, the great Nigerian who held both the middleweight and light-heavyweight titles before dying young. Tiger knocked him down three times and Carter said: “It was the worst beating I took in my life, inside or outside the ring.”

rubin carter

He beat the former Olympian, Wilbert “Skeeter” McClure on a split decision and drew the rematch, and by the time he was convicted he had won only one of his last five fights. His final battle was a 10-round defeat by Juan Carlos Rivero in Santa Fe, Argentina, in August 1966. The justice system then closed his career at 27 wins in 40 contests, 19 inside, with 12 defeats and a draw.

At his best Carter was dynamic, exciting, a formidable puncher, but on his biggest night could not beat Giardello. In 1993 Jose Sulaiman gave him a WBC honorary belt and he was inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame but in the end his life was shaped, not by boxing, but by a flawed conviction that put him behind bars for almost two decades.

April 19, 2018
April 19, 2018
alexis arguello

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THE great Alexis Arguello was such a class act both in and out of the ring that it came as a huge shock when he took his own life in 2009. But then problems in everyday life can overwhelm even the greatest of fighters – and the Nicaraguan was definitely one of those.

Many will remember him for his two defeats by Aaron Pryor in light-welterweight title battles, but one could argue that those came when he was already past his best. By the time of the first Pryor fight in November 1982 he had turned 30 and had already held world titles at feather, super-feather and lightweight.

At his best the man from Managua was a superb technician with a vicious punch in either hand.

Former Boxing News editor Graham Houston saw Arguello for the first time on US television in April 1978. Alexis retained his WBC 9st 4lbs belt with a fifth-round stoppage of Filipino Rey Tam and Houston was seriously impressed: “He punched Tam to a standstill with as classical a display of power punching as you could wish to see. Arguello’s red gloves flashed through and around Tam’s guard as if guided by radar. And they landed with sickening impact.”

At 5ft 9 1/2ins Arguello was tall and slim, hence the nickname “El Flaco Explosivo”, or The Explosive Thin Man. He was always tall for his weight, although of course that advantage lessened as he moved up through the divisions.

Houston noted that opponents had to take chances to get near him, although he added the warning: “Taking chances with Arguello is like going into the water with sharks when you’ve got a nose bleed. Something is bound to happen.”

Watching Arguello was like seeing a boxing textbook come to life. He had an educated, hard left jab; mixed up punches to body and head; was equally dangerous with long rights or short left hooks; his anticipation was excellent; and he cleverly ducked, slipped and blocked punches.

He wasn’t perfect, though. In June 1978, when he was reigning WBC super-feather champion, Arguello shockingly lost a majority decision to Vilomar Fernandez in a non-title lightweight 10-rounder at Madison Square Garden. But then Fernandez was a “runner” and Arguello was never at his best against those.

The loss scuppered plans for a dream fight against Roberto Duran, then the world lightweight champion; Don King had a promotional deal with both men. Arguello went back to defending his 9st 4lbs belt and it wasn’t until 1981 that he moved up to 9-9 and took the WBC title from Scotland’s Jim Watt.

alexis arguello

And Arguello could also be tagged and decked. A 1980 non-title fight saw him floored by future champ Jose Luis Ramirez, but Alexis won on points. In 1982 Andy Ganigan, a big puncher, dropped Arguello only for the Nicaraguan to rally and retain his lightweight crown on a fifth-round stoppage.

Courage and hard work were never a problem for Arguello. He went to work at 13, training to spray-paint cars to support his family. He was boxing for pay at 16 and by February 1974 was good enough to challenge Ernesto Marcel for the WBA featherweight title. He was outpointed, but before the year was out had ko’d Ruben Olivares to win the same belt (Marcel had retired).

Weight woes eventually forced him up to super-feather, where he ripped the WBC belt from Alfredo Escalera (rsf 13) in January 1978. A rematch 13 months later saw Arguello knock out the Puerto Rican with a perfect left hook, also in the 13th session.

British fans got to see him up close in June 1981 when he came to Wembley and outboxed Watt over 15 rounds for the WBC lightweight title. Watt was a good fighter but always second best to the classy Nicaraguan.

As Arguello kept winning, and growing, he looked towards a historic achievement: earning a world title in a fourth weight class, something that had proved beyond even the legendary Henry Armstrong. His chance came against Pryor, a whirlwind who swamped opponents with volleys of punches.

They met at Miami’s Orange Bowl in November 1982, and Arguello was the crowd favourite. He had become very popular in the United States, having settled in Coral Gables, Florida following the 1979 Sandinista revolution in his homeland. There he supported a wife and four children, his mother and several siblings.

He had a survived a series of setbacks: his home had been destroyed in the 1972 Nicaragua earthquake; his house and possessions totalling half a million dollars had been confiscated by the Sandinistas; and a younger brother had been killed fighting with the Sandinista guerrillas.

But Pryor proved too much in a thrilling fight, wearing down the better-boxing Nicaraguan for a 14th-round stoppage. There was a question mark over a substance from cornerman Panana Lewis gave him from a bottle, but nothing was ever proved and the result stood.

A rematch in September 1983 saw Pryor score a 10th-round knockout and it was effectively the end, although Arguello’s last fight didn’t come until 1995 when he was 42.

Sadly, he didn’t have a happy time outside the ring. Despite having that property confiscated during the Sandinista takeover he returned to Nicaragua and ended up working with them. In 2008 his place in his country’s sporting history was recognised when he was chosen to carry the flag at the Beijing Olympic opening ceremony. Also that year, he won the mayoral election in Managua, but he had his demons and the following year took his own life with a gun.

 

No Weakness

IN the build-up to the 1982 Aaron Pryor match, the great Eddie Futch, who was then training Arguello, compared Alexis to great lightweight champions Ike Williams, Benny Leonard and Joe Gans.

Said Futch, “He’s not flashy but he’s so technically sound I don’t think he has a weakness. His concentration is probably the best I’ve ever seen and everything he does has a purpose.”

April 16, 2018
April 16, 2018
sugar ray robinson

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AFTER knocking out Rocky Graziano in three rounds at the Chicago Stadium before a crowd of 22,264 on April 16, 1952, world’s middleweight champion Sugar Ray Robinson announced that he would put his title at stake again next month against Paddy Young at Madison Square Garden.

He then plans a visit to Israel for a charity bout at Tel-Aviv on June 21, then on to France for a bout with the winner of the Laurent Dauthuille-Charles Humez contest.

It was the end of the road for former champion Graziano, who, since losing his title to Tony Zale in 1948, had run up a string of 21 bouts without defeat, including 18 inside the distance.

True, his opponents were mainly unranked boxers, and the question on everyone’s lips was “Does The Rock still hit as hard as ever, or has some of the power gone out of his famed right hand wallop?”

“Man, I don’t aim to find out,” had commented champion Robinson.

“I’m going to try and get the first punch in.”

His manager George Gainford had this to say before the fight, “If Ray looks as bad against Graziano as he did against Olson, I’m going to make him quit.”

Trouble started for Graziano at the weigh-in, when he was forced to go on the scales naked in order to get inside the middleweight limit. This he managed to do with just a quarter of a pound to spare. Robinson weighed 11st 3 1/2lbs.

A 3-1 underdog in the betting, Graziano was the first to attack. He scored with a left hook, then an uppercut, and this stung Robinson into the attack. With both hands moving fast, a flurry of blows sent the challenger back on the retreat.

Further burst of action by the champion had Graziano on the ropes, and Robinson avoided an overarm right, countering with stiff left hooks to the body. But after a hectic exchange it was the champion who backed away.

Graziano’s plan in carrying the fight to his opponent was suiting Robinson admirably, and the champion left-jabbed to the face, left-hooked to the head and body, all the time using his clever ringcraft to evade the wild two-handed swings of his opponent.

Although out-generalled, the challenger never stopped trying, and early in the third snapped Robinson’s head back with a heavy left hook. Again this was the champion’s cue to come back with a two-fisted attack, and a left to the chin almost had Graziano down.

Eager for the kill, in came Robinson again, but appeared to slip to his knee as Graziano flailed away. Afterwards the champion confirmed that he had been knocked down with a punch on the back of the head, although the referee ruled it was not a knockdown.

Then, after 1-53 of that third round, a lightning blow caught Graziano flush on the chin.

It was perfectly timed, travelling right into the small space between the challenger’s defending gloves. This sent him back against the ropes, where he groped vainly for a hold before slipping to the canvas to be counted out.

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“I lost to a great fighter,” said ‘The Rock’ ruefully. “He is a credit to his race. This guy is a right guy.”

Millions of TV viewers and radio listeners heard Sugar Ray Robinson say that Graziano had hurt him only once early in the third. The champion, who had fought with the same tigerish ferocity as in his last contest with Randolph Turpin, was breathing easily in spite of his eight minutes of solid action.

Gainford again spoke of going after Joey Maxim’s light-heavyweight title, but Ray quickly intervened. “That’s George’s fight,” he said. “He’s always trying to get me killed. Let him fight Maxim.”

Any plans for another fight with Randolph Turpin?  “He’s a light-heavyweight now,” said Ray with a smile.

“And I’m sure happy. Of course, if he came up to me in the street and hit me in the mouth, I’d have to defend myself.  But I don’t want those kind of fights any more.”

April 15, 2018
April 15, 2018
marvin hagler

Will Hart/HBO

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“WHEN the bell rings, a monster seems to come out of this man,” Pat Petronelli said about the fighter he co-managed, Marvin Hagler. “To take the title away from him, someone will have to kill him.”

It was 1985 and the middleweight king was preparing for his next challenger.

But Thomas Hearns didn’t care what Petronelli, or anyone, had to say about Hagler. Not a damn. He had been waiting for the man they called “Marvelous” for a long time.

“I don’t like Marvin,” he snarled. “Never have and never will. I just want to tell you something, get there early and sit tight. Don’t blink. You might miss the fight.”

Hearns knew he could win. He had been watching Hagler carefully. He watched in 1983 as Roberto Duran extended Marvin over 15 tight rounds. Six months later he watched Duran fall at his own feet in just two. Anything Hagler could do, Hearns could do better.

Marvin didn’t care for Hearns, either. The champion was certain Hearns had pulled out of a proposed 1982 meeting out of terror. Hearns blamed an injured finger for the fight not happening back then. Hagler was not a man of excuses. He was furious. Hearns’ withdrawal had cost him a handsome payday. Hearns was a fraud in Hagler’s eyes.

“I have my mind focused on one thing and that is to destroy him, to knock him out,” Hagler said. Emblazoned on his cap were three letters: W-A-R. Hagler pointed to the warning. “That’s how I feel. War. That’s what is on my mind. I have been feeding the faith and starving the doubt. There is no doubt in my mind that I can’t win this fight or I won’t knock Thomas Hearns out.”

Dislike became hatred as the fight grew close. Demand to see the grudge match far exceeded the 15,700 tickets on offer at Las Vegas’ Caesars Outdoor Arena. In faraway London, cinemas at Leicester Square and Gants Hill charged £20-a-seat to watch it live in productions staged by Frank Warren. The world was waiting for the opening bell.

When it came, it triggered an explosion that stunned everyone.

The missiles launched from their respective bases, drawn to the heat of the enemy. There was no feeling-out process; all respect had long gone. Violence clattered off their heads, each blast designed with devastation in mind. Something had to give. With less than a minute left in the first session, it did.

Blood spurted from Hagler’s forehead. He had been wounded in the mayhem. He angrily brushed away the red stream, aware of the possible consequences.

Round two. A relentless Hagler had to knock Hearns out. But the spindly slugger refused to fold. Instead he punched back. Fire met fire. And then Hearns struck claret again. A fizzing shot split the skin under Hagler’s right eye. The champion’s title was being washed away in a bloodstream.

The end came suddenly in the third. Hagler had been warned by referee Richard Steele that the fight could be stopped in his rival’s favour. He refused to lose. A right hook landed on Hearns’ skull. His long legs could not keep up with the momentum and he staggered back, almost spinning full circle. Hagler knew he had him. With promises of destruction racing through his mind, he applied the finishing touches. Three more blasts and Hearns collapsed. For several seconds he was lifeless but scrambled to his feet. But he was too punch-drunk to continue. He had lost the war.

“He’s a great champion and he proved that tonight,” Hearns said. “I have to say that, and I’ll say this, too. It was a damn good fight.”

Result: Marvin Hagler (USA) w rsf 3 Thomas Hearns (USA)
Date: April 15, 1985
Venue: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
At stake: World middleweight title, Hagler defending
Scores: Harry Gibbs 20-18 and Herb Santos 20-18 for Hagler; Dick Young 18-20 for Hearns
Ages: Hagler 30, Hearns 26
Weights: Hagler 11st 5 1/4lbs, Hearns 11st 5 3/4lbs
Records: Hagler 60-2-2, Hearns 40-1
Attendance: 15,700
Purses: (before percentages) Hagler $5.3million, Hearns $5.2million

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