History | Oct 03 2014

On This Day: Marvin Hagler batters Mustafa Hamsho in 11 rounds

The original NY Times report from the October 3, 1981 world middleweight title fight

Original fight report from the New York Times, October 4, 1981

MARVIN HAGLER defended his undisputed world middleweight boxing championship by stopping Mustafa Hamsho, the top challenger, at 2 minutes 9 seconds of the 11th round of their bout tonight at the Horizon Arena.

The referee, Octavio Meyran of Mexico City, halted the bout while Hamsho was helpless on the ropes. Al Braverman, Hamsho’s handler, was climbing through the ropes to stop the fight, but Meyran acted first.