History | Oct 29 2014

On This Day: Thomas Hearns survives scare to halt Juan Domingo Roldan in 1987

James Slater remembers the night that Thomas 'Hitman' Hearns made history

ON THIS DAY, in glitzy Las Vegas, “Hitman” Thomas Hearns made boxing history by becoming the first man in the sport to win world titles in four different weight classes. Hearns met Argentine slugger Juan Domingo Roldan at The Las Vegas Hilton and the prize was the vacant WBC middleweight crown.

Ten facts about the fight:

HEARNS, 44-2 and Roldan, 65-3-2 were fighting for the title that had been vacated when Sugar Ray Leonard had retired (for the time being) after shocking Marvelous Marvin Hagler six months earlier. Hearns was 29 years old at the time of the October 29 clash with Roldan, a year older.