History | Feb 11 2019

On This Day: Marvin Hagler slaughters Britain’s Tony Sibson

Sam Corbishley looks back at how Tony Sibson learned the ropes at world level the hard way against an all-time great, Marvin Hagler
Marvin Hagler
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1. TONY SIBSON relinquished his European and Commonwealth titles to ensure he got the right preparation for his tilt at Marvin Hagler’s WBC and WBA middleweight titles on Friday February 11, 1983.

2. HAGLER was unbeaten in his last 30 fights leading into this contest at a sold out 14,000 capacity DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. These included wins over fellow Brits Kevin Finnegan and Alan Minter, along with stoppages of Vito Antofuermo, Fulgencio Obelmejias twice,  and an 11-round win over Mustafa Hamsho.

3. FINNEGAN – who Hagler would refer to as one of the toughest men he fought – outpointed Sibson for the British middleweight title back in November 1979.