History | Sep 27 2018

On this day the great Marvin Hagler finally became world champion

38 years ago today Marvin Hagler achieved his ultimate goal, although 'a handful of people made the whole country look bad'
Marvin Hagler
Hagler vs Hearns 1985

Wembley Arena, London, England – September 27, 1980.

It was on this day that a great fighter’s hard-earned coronation as world middleweight champion was overshadowed by events that led to the fight being referred to as one that “shamed British boxing”. Marvin Hagler, the fearsome shaven-headed southpaw from Brockton, Massachusetts, challenged British hero Alan Minter for the world crown. There was controversy before the fight, with Minter, who was making the second defence of his belt, infamously declaring how “no black man will ever take my title”. And there was controversy in the form of wickedly ugly scenes in the ring after the fight. If you could call it a fight. A bloody slaughter might be a more accurate description of the 7-minutes and 45-seconds the bout lasted.

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