Feature | Apr 15 2016

Thomas Hearns reflects on his incredible fight with Marvin Hagler

"I was so tired after the first round it didn't take much to knock me down after that," Thomas Hearns tells James Slater
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ORIGINALLY dubbed, quite simply, “The Fight,” the world middleweight title showdown between defending and undisputed champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler and former WBA welterweight champion and reigning WBC light-middleweight boss Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns was later given the tagline of “The War” by promoter Bob Arum. What unfolded that magical night inside Caesars Palace in Las Vegas was very definitely a fight and a war.

Today, when looking back, Hearns, who always made it a priority to leave the paying fans feeling happy with the fight they had witnessed, is glad he was half of what is often called the greatest fight of all time:

“I’m definitely very proud to have been a part of that fight, for the part I played in it,” the 57-year-old says when speaking from his home.


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