Marvelous Marvin Hagler

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Marvelous Marvin Hagler
Real nameMarvin Nathaniel Hagler
Rated atMiddleweight
Height5 ft 9 12 in (1.77 m)
Reach75 in (191 cm)
Born(1954-05-23) May 23, 1954 (age 58)
Newark, New Jersey, USA
Boxing record
Total fights67
Wins by KO52
No contests0
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Marvelous Marvin Hagler
Real nameMarvin Nathaniel Hagler
Rated atMiddleweight
Height5 ft 9 12 in (1.77 m)
Reach75 in (191 cm)
Born(1954-05-23) May 23, 1954 (age 58)
Newark, New Jersey, USA
Boxing record
Total fights67
Wins by KO52
No contests0

Marvelous Marvin Hagler (born Marvin Nathaniel Hagler in Newark, New Jersey, May 23, 1954)[1] is a retired American professional boxer who was Undisputed World Middleweight Champion from 1980 to 1987. Hagler made twelve undisputed title defenses and holds the highest KO% of all middleweight champions at 78%. At six years and seven months, his reign as undisputed middleweight champion is the second longest of the last century, behind only Tony Zale (although Zale was inactive for four years due to World War II). In 1982, annoyed that network announcers often did not refer to him by his nickname, "Marvelous", Hagler legally changed his name to Marvelous Marvin Hagler."[2]

Hagler is an inductee of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame. He was named Fighter of the Decade (1980s) by Boxing Illustrated and twice named Fighter of the Year by Ring Magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America. In 2001 and 2004 the Ring named him the 4th greatest middleweight of all time[3] and in 2002 named him the 17th-greatest fighter of the past 80 years. The International Boxing Research Organisation (IBRO) rates Hagler as the sixth-greatest middleweight of all time.[4] Boxrec rates Hagler the fifth-best middleweight of all time.[5] Many analysts and boxing writers consider Hagler to have one of the best "chins" in boxing history.[6]


Early life and amateur career

Hagler was raised by his mother in Newark, New Jersey's Central Ward. Following the Newark Riots of July 12–17 1967, in which twenty-six people were killed and $11 million in property damage was caused, including the destruction of the Hagler family's tenement, the Haglers moved to Brockton, Massachusetts. In 1969 Hagler took up boxing after walking into a gym in the town owned by brothers Pat and Goody Petronelli, who became his trainers and managers. In 1973, Hagler became the National AAU 165-pound champion after defeating Atlanta's Terry Dobbs.

Professional boxing career

Early career

Hagler was a # 1 ranked middleweight boxer for many years before he could fight for the title. Hagler struggled to find high profile opponents willing to face him in his early years. Joe Frazier told Hagler, 'You have three strikes against you, "You're black, you're a southpaw, and you're good.'[7] He often had to travel to his opponents' hometowns to get fights. His first break came when he was offered --on 2 weeks' notice-- a chance against Willie 'the Worm' Monroe, who was being trained by Joe Frazier. Hagler lost the decision but the fight was close enough that Monroe gave him a rematch. This time Hagler knocked out Monroe in 12 rounds. In a third fight, he stopped Monroe in 2 rounds. Boston promoter Rip Valenti took an interest in Hagler and began bringing in top ranked opponents for Marvin to face. He fought 1972 Olympics gold medalist Sugar Ray Seales; Hagler won the first time, the second was a draw and Hagler knocked out Seales in the third fight. Number 1 ranked Mike Colbert was knocked out in the twelfth and also had his jaw broken by Hagler. Briton Kevin Finnegan was stopped in 8. Afterwards Finnegan required 40 stitches in his face.[8] He dropped a controversial decision to Bobby 'Boogaloo' Watts, but knocked out Watts in 2 rounds in a rematch. Hagler won a ten-round decision over 'Bad' Bennie Briscoe. By then, promoter Bob Arum took notice and signed him.

First title shot

In November 1979, Hagler fought World Middleweight Champion Vito Antuofermo at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. After fifteen rounds, most thought that Hagler had won. Referee Mills Lane directed Hagler to turn and face the television cameras. "Congratulations," he said. "Now stay facing this way until they announce the decision and I raise your arm." Hagler and many others were surprised when the decision was announced as a draw and Antuofermo retained his title. This only added to Hagler's frustrations.[9]

World Champion

Antuofermo lost his title later to Alan Minter, who gave Hagler his second title shot. Hagler went to Wembley Arena to face Minter. The tense atmosphere was stoked further when Minter was quoted as saying that "No black man is going to take my title"[10] -- Minter would later insist he meant "that black man".[11] Hagler took command and his slashing punches soon opened up the cut prone Minter. The referee halted the contest after 3 rounds. After 7 years and 50 fights, Hagler was now World Middleweight Champion. At the conclusion of this bout a riot broke out and Hagler and his trainers had to be carried away to their locker rooms by the police, in the middle of a rain of beer bottles and glasses.

Hagler proved a busy world champion. He defeated future world champion Fulgencio Obelmejias of Venezuela by a knockout in eight rounds and then former world champ Antuofermo in a rematch by TKO in four rounds. Both matches were fought at the Boston Garden near Hagler's hometown, endearing him to Boston fight fans. Syrian born Mustafa Hamsho, who won his shot in an eliminator with Wilfredo Benitez and would later defeat future world champion Bobby Czyz, became Hagler's next challenger, put up a lot of resistance but was finally beaten in 11 tough rounds. Michigan fighter William "Caveman" Lee lasted only one round, and in a rematch in Italy, Obelmejias lasted five rounds. British Champion (and mutual Alan Minter conqueror) Tony Sibson followed in Hagler's ever-growing list of unsuccessful challengers. Sibson provided one of the most entertaining (to this point) fights of Marvelous Marvin's career, but he ultimately fell short, lasting six rounds. Next, came Wilford Scypion, who only lasted four. By then, Hagler was a staple on HBO, the Pay Per View of its time.

Marvin Hagler vs Roberto Durán

A fight against Roberto Durán followed. Durán was the first challenger to last the distance with Hagler in a world-championship bout. Durán was the WBA Light Middleweight Champion and went up in weight to challenge for Hagler's middleweight crown. Hagler won a unanimous 15-round decision, although after 12 rounds two of the judges had Durán ahead in a tough contest. Hagler fought tenaciously over the final three rounds to earn a unanimous decision.

More title defenses

Then came Juan Roldán of Argentina, who became the only man to be credited with a knockdown of Hagler, scoring one knockdown seconds into the fight. Hagler protested bitterly that he had been pulled/pushed to the canvas and HBO replay clearly showed that he had indeed been pulled down. Hagler took his revenge though, brutalizing Roldan over ten rounds and stopping him in the middle of round ten. Sugar Ray Leonard was calling the fight ringside with HBO analyst Barry Tompkins. He noted to Tompkins between rounds that Hagler looked older and slower. "Marvin might finally be slowing down, Barry" Leonard remarked. Many people believe this is the fight that gave Sugar Ray Leonard the idea that he could actually win a fight with the aging Hagler. Hamsho was given a rematch, but the Syrian was again TKO'd, this time in only three rounds. Hamsho angered Hagler with a trio of intentional headbutts in the second round and a fourth early in the third, goading the normally patient and cautious Hagler into a full-out attack that left Hamsho battered and defensless in a matter of seconds.

The War

On April 15, 1985, Hagler and Thomas Hearns met in what was billed as The Fight; later it would become known as "The War." Hagler, despite a cut to the head and being covered in blood, managed to overpower Hearns in the third round after a glancing right hand followed by two more rights and a left, scoring a decisive knockout. The first round of Hagler vs, Hearns is often considered to be among the best three minutes in boxing in middleweight history as the two fighters stood toe-to-toe trading blows. Rounds two and three couldn't live up to the first, as Hearns broke his hand in the first round, but were still very competitive. The fight only lasted eight minutes but it is rightly regarded as a classic and is considered to this day to be Hagler's greatest achievement. The fight was named "Fight of the Year" by The Ring.

Hagler vs Mugabi

Next was Olympic silver medalist John Mugabi of Uganda, who was 26-0 with 26 knockouts and was ranked the number one contender by all three major bodies. The fight was fought on March 10, 1986 as Hagler had hurt his back and could not fight on the first date booked in 1985. Hagler stopped Mugabi in the 11th round of a brutal fight. Many ringside observers, including analyst Gil Clancy, noticed that Hagler was showing signs of advanced ring wear and age. He was much slower of hand and foot and seemed much easier to hit. He had also completely morphed his ring style from a slick, quick-fisted, boxer/puncher to a strictly flat-footed, stalking, slugger to compensate for his loss of speed and reflexes. Hagler was now said to be seriously considering retirement.[12] Hagler's promoter Bob Arum was quoted as saying he was expecting Hagler to retire in the face of being challenged by Sugar Ray Leonard.

Marvin Hagler vs Sugar Ray Leonard

The Super Fight

Hagler's next challenger was Sugar Ray Leonard, who was returning to the ring after a three-year retirement. During the pre-fight negotiations, in return for granting Hagler a larger share of the purse Leonard obtained several conditions which would be crucial to his strategy; a large ring (24x24ft), 12oz gloves and the fight was to be over 12 - not 15 - rounds. Leonard was 2 years younger, had half as many fights, and unbeknown to Hagler had engaged in several 'real' fights behind closed doors (i.e. gloves, rounds, a referee, judges and no head gear) in order to shake off his ring rust. The fight took place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on April 6, 1987. Hagler was the betting favorite.

Hagler, a natural southpaw, opened the fight boxing out of an orthodox stance. After the quick and slick Leonard won the first two rounds on all three scorecards, Hagler started the third round as a southpaw. Hagler did better, though Leonard's superior speed and boxing skill kept him in the fight. But by the fifth, Leonard, who was moving a lot, began to tire and Hagler started to get closer. As he tired Leonard began to clinch with more frequency (in total referee Richard Steele gave him over 30 warnings for holding, although never deducted a point). Hagler buckled Leonard's knees with a right uppercut near the end of the round, which finished with Leonard on the ropes. Hagler continued to score effectively in round six. Leonard, having slowed down, was obliged to fight more and run less. In rounds seven and eight, Hagler's southpaw jab was landing solidly and Leonard's counter flurries were less frequent. Round nine was the most exciting round of the fight. Hagler hurt Leonard with a left cross and pinned him in a corner. Leonard was in trouble, then furiously tried to fight his way out of the corner. The action see-sawed back and forth for the rest of the round, with each man having his moments. Round ten was tame by comparison, as the pace slowed after the furious action of the previous round. Clearly tiring, Leonard boxed well in the eleventh. Every time Hagler scored, Leonard came back with something flashier, if not as effective. In the final round, Hagler continued to chase Leonard. He hit Leonard with a big left hand and backed him into a corner. Leonard responded with a flurry and danced away with Hagler in pursuit. The fight ended with Hagler and Leonard exchanging along the ropes. Hagler began dancing in celebration of his performance while Leonard alternately collapsed to the canvas and raised both his arms in triumph.[13] Leonard threw 629 punches and landed 306, while Hagler threw 792 and landed 291.[14]

Leonard was announced as winner by split decision, which remains hotly disputed to this day.


Official ringside judge JoJo Guerra, whose 118-110 scorecard was derided in many quarters, commented that:

Leonard outpunched Hagler, outsmarted him, outboxed him. He looked just great. Sugar Ray Leonard was making him miss a lot, and then counterpunching him. Sugar Ray Leonard was beating him to the punch. They should call him Marvellous Sugar Ray Leonard. Boxing is the art of self-defense, and Sugar Ray was in command at all times. He was very fast and he was very clever. He made Marvin Hagler come to him. He dictated the fight.[15][16]

Judge Dave Moretti, who scored it 115-113 for Leonard:

Obviously, Hagler was the aggressor, but he was not the effective aggressor. You can't chase and get hit and chase and get hit, and get credit for it. Besides, the hardest punching was by Leonard.[17]

Lou Filippo, who scored it 115-113 for Hagler and felt that Hagler's bodyshots and aggression earned him the nod, said:

Hagler was doing all the work. The referee, Richard Steele, warned Leonard at least once every round about holding. Leonard fought in spurts. Leonard would run in and grab and hold. He did what he had to do. But I can't see a guy holding that much and getting points for it.[17]

Hugh McIlvanney, commenting in the British Sunday Times and Sports Illustrated:

What Ray Leonard pulled off in his split decision over Hagler was an epic illusion. He had said beforehand that the way to beat Hagler was to give him a distorted picture. But this shrewdest of fighters knew it was even more important to distort the picture for the judges. His plan was to "steal" rounds with a few flashy and carefully timed flurries and to make the rest of each three-minute session as unproductive as possible for Hagler by circling briskly away from the latter's persistent pursuit. When he made his sporadic attacking flourishes, he was happy to exaggerate hand speed at the expense of power, and neither he nor two of the scorers seemed bothered by the fact that many of the punches landed on the champion's gloves and arms.[18][19]

McIlvanny also referred to Budd Schulberg's contention about a 'compound optical illusion', namely that simply being more competitive than expected meant that Leonard appeared more effective and to be doing more than he actually was.[19] Harry Gibbs, the British judge who ironically had been rejected by the Hagler camp, said he also scored it for Hagler.

Jim Murray, long-time sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times felt that Leonard deservedly got the decision, arguing that Leonard landed more punches and showed better defense and ring generalship, and writing:

It wasn't even close...He didn't just outpoint Hagler, he exposed him. He made him look like a guy chasing a bus. In snowshoes. Leonard repeatedly beat Hagler to the punch. When he did, he hit harder. He hit more often. He made Hagler into what he perceived him to be throughout his career - a brawler, a swarmer, a man who could club you to death only if you stood there and let him. If you moved, he was lost.[20]

The scorecards from the ringside press attest to the closeness of the fight (6-5, 3 drawn) more pundits awarded the fight to Leonard rather than to Hagler, although counting those who scored it even, more felt Hagler deserved to keep his title than didn't:

  • Associated Press: 117-112 Hagler
  • New York Daily News: 117-111 Leonard
  • New York Times: 114-114
  • New York Post: 114-114
  • Newsday: 115-114 Hagler
  • Chicago Sun-Times: 115-114 Hagler
  • Chicago Tribune: 7-5 Hagler
  • Houston Chronicle: 115-114 Leonard
  • Washington Post: 114-114
  • Boston Globe: 117-111 Leonard
  • Boston Herald 116-113 Leonard
  • Baltimore Sun: 7-5 Leonard
  • Oakland Tribune: 117-112 Leonard
  • San Jose Mercury-News: 116-115 Hagler


Hagler requested a rematch but Leonard chose to retire again (the third of five high profile retirements announced by Leonard), having said he would do so beforehand.[21] Leonard vacated his middleweight champions title at his immediate post-fight press conference.[22][22][23][23] Hagler himself retired from boxing in June 1988, declaring that he was "tired of waiting" for Leonard to grant him a rematch.[24] In 1990 Leonard finally offered him a rematch which reportedly would have earned him $15m, but he declined. By then he had settled down to a new life as an actor in Italy and was now uninterested in boxing.[25][26] He said "A while ago, yeah, I wanted him so bad, but I'm over that.[25]

Training style

Hagler had a unique training regimen in which he would hole up on Cape Cod in motels that had closed for the winter. For his "road work" he would take to the pavement in army boots, declaring running shoes "sissy shoes." He would run much of his route backwards to prepare for movements in the boxing ring.

Career after boxing

After the loss to Leonard, Hagler moved to Italy, where he became a well-known star of action films. His roles include a US Marine in the films Indio and Indio 2. Other notable films starring Hagler include Brutal Bonanza, Geno's Plan and Lethal Lunch Date. In 1995, he starred alongside Giselle Blondet in the low-budget thriller Black Market Wedding. Hagler does boxing commentary for British television. Another foray into the entertainment field includes work in the video game Fight Night: Round 3.

Former middleweight southpaw boxer Robbie Sims is Hagler's half brother. Hagler has five children with his first wife, Bertha, including Charelle, Celeste, James, Marvin, Jr., and Gentry.[27] Although he owns a home in Bartlett, New Hampshire, Hagler currently lives in Milan.[28] In May 2000, he married his second wife Kay, an Italian woman, in Pioltello, Italy.[29]

Professional boxing record

62 Wins (52 knockouts, 9 decisions, 1 disqualification), 3 Losses (3 decisions), 2 Draws[30]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
Loss62-3-2United States Sugar Ray LeonardSD121987-04-06United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NevadaLost WBC & The Ring Middleweight titles.
The Ring magazine's "Fight of the Year" (1987)
Win62-2-2Uganda John MugabiKO11 (12), 1:291986-03-10United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained WBC, WBA, IBF & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win61-2-2United States Thomas HearnsTKO3 (12), 1:521985-04-15United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained WBC, WBA, IBF & The Ring Middleweight titles.
The Ring magazine's "Fight of the Year" (1985)
Win60-2-2Syria Mustafa HamshoTKO3 (15), 2:311984-10-19United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New YorkRetained WBC, WBA, IBF & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win59-2-2Argentina Juan RoldánTKO10 (12), 0:391984-03-30United States The Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained WBC, WBA, IBF & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win58-2-2Panama Roberto DuránUD151983-11-10United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained WBC, WBA, IBF & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win57-2-2United States Wilford ScypionKO4 (15), 2:471983-05-27United States Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode IslandRetained The Ring & won vacant IBF Middleweight titles.
Win56-2-2United Kingdom Tony SibsonTKO6 (15), 2:401983-02-11United States Centrum, Worcester, MassachusettsRetained WBC, WBA & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win55-2-2Venezuela Fulgencio ObelmejiasTKO5 (15), 2:351982-10-30Italy Teatro Ariston, San Remo, LiguriaRetained WBC, WBA & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win54-2-2United States William LeeTKO1 (15), 1:071982-03-07United States Bally's Casino, Atlantic City, New JerseyRetained WBC, WBA & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win54-2-2Syria Mustafa HamshoTKO11 (15), 2:091981-10-03United States Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IllinoisRetained WBC, WBA & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win53-2-2Italy Vito AntuofermoRTD4 (15)1981-06-13United States Boston Garden, Boston, MassachusettsRetained WBC, WBA & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win52-2-2Venezuela Fulgencio ObelmejiasTKO8 (15), 0:201981-01-17United States Boston Garden, Boston, MassachusettsRetained WBC, WBA & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win51-2-2United Kingdom Alan MinterTKO3 (15), 1:451980-09-27United Kingdom Wembley Arena, Wembley, LondonWon WBC, WBA & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win50-2-2Mexico Marcos GeraldoUD101980-05-17United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win49-2-2United States Bobby WattsTKO2 (10)1980-04-19United States Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, Maine
Win48-2-2Algeria Loucif HamaniKO2 (10), 1:421980-02-16United States Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, Maine
Draw47-2-2Italy Vito AntuofermoPTS151979-11-30United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NevadaFor WBC, WBA & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win46-2-1Argentina Norberto Rufino CabreraRTD8 (10)1979-06-30Monaco Esplanade de Fontvieille, Monte Carlo
Win45-2-1United States Jamie ThomasTKO3 (10)1979-05-26United States Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, Maine
Win44-2-1United States Bob PattersonTKO3 (10)1979-03-12United States Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island
Win43-2-1United States Sugar Ray SealesTKO1 (10), 1:261979-02-03United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Win42-2-1United States Willie WarrenTKO7 (10)1978-11-11United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Win41-2-1United States Bennie BriscoeUD101978-08-24United States The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win40-2-1United Kingdom Kevin FinneganTKO7 (10)1978-05-13United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Win39-2-1United States Doug DemmingsTKO8 (10)1978-04-07United States Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Win38-2-1United Kingdom Kevin FinneganTKO9 (10)1978-03-04United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Win37-2-1United States Mike ColbertTKO12 (15)1977-11-26United States Boston Garden, Boston, MassachusettsWon vacant Massachusetts Middleweight title.
Win36-2-1Canada Jim HenryUD10)1977-10-15United States Marvel Gymnasium, Providence, Rhode Island
Win35-2-1United States Ray PhillipsTKO7 (10), 1:11)1977-09-24United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Win34-2-1United States Willie MonroeTKO2 (10), 1:46)1977-08-23United States The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaWon vacant North American Middleweight title.
Win33-2-1United States Roy JonesTKO3 (10), 2:10)1977-06-10United States Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, Connecticut
Win32-2-1Guyana Reggie FordKO3 (10), 2:14)1977-03-16United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Win31-2-1United States Willie MonroeTKO12 (12), 1:20)1977-02-15United States Hynes Auditorium, Boston, Massachusetts
Win30-2-1United States George DavisTKO6 (10), 2:56)1976-12-21United States Hynes Auditorium, Boston, Massachusetts
Win29-2-1United States Eugene HartRTD8 (10)1976-09-14United States The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win28-2-1United States DC WalkerTKO6 (10)1976-08-03United States Arena, North Providence, Rhode Island
Win27-2-1United States Bob SmithTKO5 (10), 2:051976-06-02United States Roseland Ballroom, Taunton, Massachusetts
Loss26-2-1United States Willie MonroeUD101976-03-09United States The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win26-1-1United States Matt DonovanTKO2 (10), 2:401976-02-07United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Loss25-1-1United States Bobby WattsMD101976-01-13United States The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win25-0-1United States Johnny BaldwinUD101975-12-20United States Hynes Auditorium, Boston, Massachusetts
Win24-0-1United States Lamont LoveladyTKO7 (10)1975-09-30United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Win23-0-1United States Jesse BenderKO1 (10), 1:381975-08-07United States Exposition Building, Portland, Maine
Win22-0-1United States Jimmy OwensDQ6 (10)1975-05-24United States Brockton High School Gymnasium, Brockton, Massachusetts
Win21-0-1United States Jimmy OwensSD101975-04-14United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Win20-0-1United States Joey BlairKO2 (10), 2:221975-03-31United States Harvard Club of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
Win19-0-1United States Dornell WigfallKO6 (10), 1:251975-02-15United States Brockton High School Gymnasium, Brockton, Massachusetts
Win18-0-1United States DC WalkerTKO2 (10)1974-12-20United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Draw17-0-1United States Sugar Ray SealesPTS101974-11-26United States Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington
Win17–0United States George GreenKO1 (10), 0:301974-11-16United States Brockton, Massachusetts
Win16–0United States Morris JordanTKO4 (10), 2:201974-10-29United States Brockton High School Gymnasium, Brockton, Massachusetts
Win15–0United States Sugar Ray SealesUD101974-08-30United States WNAC-TV Studio, Boston, Massachusetts
Win14–0United States Peachy DavisKO1 (10), 1:001974-08-13United States Sargent Field, New Bedford, Massachusetts
Win13–0United States Bobby WilliamsTKO3 (10)1974-07-16United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Win12–0United States Curtis PhillipsTKO5 (10)1974-05-30United States Exposition Building, Portland, Maine
Win11–0United States James RedfordTKO2 (10)1974-05-04United States Brockton High School Gymnasium, Brockton, Massachusetts
Win10–0United States Tracy MorrisonTKO8 (10)1974-04-05United States WNAC-TV Studio, Boston, Massachusetts
Win9–0United States Bob HarringtonKO5 (10)1974-02-05United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Win8–0United States James RedfordKO4 (8)1973-12-18United States Boston, Massachusetts
Win7–0United States Manny FreitasTKO1 (8), 1:331973-12-06United States Exposition Building, Portland, Maine
Win6–0United States Cocoa KidKO2 (8)1973-11-17United States Brockton, Massachusetts
Win5–0United States Cove GreenTKO4 (8)1973-10-26United States Brockton High School Gymnasium, Brockton, Massachusetts
Win4–0United States Dornell WigfallPTS81973-10-06United States Brockton High School Gymnasium, Brockton, Massachusetts
Win3–0United States Muhammed SmithKO2 (6)1973-08-08United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Win2–0United States Sonny WilliamsUD61973-07-25United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Win1–0United States Terry RyanKO2 (4)1973-05-18United States Brockton High School Gymnasium, Brockton, MassachusettsProfessional Debut

Boxing titles

Major World Titles:

The Ring/Lineal Championship Titles:

Regional/International Titles:

Awards and recognitions

See also


  1. ^ Disputed: Hagler vs. Leonard
  2. ^ Carter, Bob. "[1]",, September 26, 2006. Accessed August 26, 2010.
  3. ^ Division-By-Division - The Greatest Fighters of All-Time
  4. ^ "Middleweight". IBRO. Retrieved 2011-03-22.
  5. ^ "World all middleweight ratings". BoxRec. Retrieved 2011-03-22.
  6. ^ The 10 best chins in boxing history
  7. ^ ESPN boxing
  8. ^ A Sinister Reputation
  9. ^ Sports Illustrated December 10, 1979
  10. ^ Kimball, George. "Look Back in Anger: Hagler-Minter, Wembley Arena, London, September 27, 1980".
  11. ^ It Was Blood, Sweat And Beers
  12. ^ Hagler Considers Retirement
  13. ^ Sugar Ray...Still In Style, Nigel Collins, The Ring August 1987
  14. ^ New York Times, 9 April 1987
  15. ^ SPORTS OF THE TIMES; No Hoosegow for JoJo Guerra. Published: April 09, 1987 (New York Times)
  16. ^ Self-defense Guerra Brushes Off Critics, Praises Leonard Performance (April 08, 1987). Daily News Wire Services
  17. ^ a b JUDGMENT DAY FOR RING JUDGE By PHIL BERGER, Special to the New York Times. Published: April 08, 1987
  18. ^ The Hardest Game, Hugh McIlvanney, Contemporary Books, 2002
  19. ^ a b "Video". CNN. April 20, 1987.
  20. ^ Sugar Ray Exposed Him, Jim Murray, 1987
  21. ^ After A Year`s Prefight, Bell Tolls For These (April 05, 1987)|By IRA WINDERMAN, Sun Sentinel Staff Writer). Noting: "May 1, 1986: In an interview on WDVM-TV in Washington, Leonard says he is interested in ending his retirement to fight Hagler. Leonard says it would be a one-fight challenge, leading to his third retirement in five years"
  22. ^ a b [2]
  23. ^ a b Sugar Ray Leonard Post Fight Press Conference After Defeating Marvin Hagler
  25. ^ a b With Friends Like These, Who Needs Sugar Ray?
  26. ^ You Look Marvelous. (Special to; Bob Carter, author
  27. ^ Bob Carter. "You Look Marvelous". ESPN.
  28. ^ Boxing - Then & Now
  29. ^ Marvin Hagler - News Article
  30. ^ Marvin Hagler's Professional Boxing Record. Retrieved on 2011-08-06.

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Preceded by
Alan Minter
WBA Middleweight Champion
September 27, 1980 – March 10, 1987
Title next held by
Sumbu Kalambay
WBC Middleweight Champion
September 27, 1980 – April 6, 1987
Succeeded by
Sugar Ray Leonard
The Ring Middleweight Champion
September 27, 1980 – April 6, 1987
Inaugural ChampionIBF Middleweight Champion
May 27, 1983 – April 6, 1987
Title next held by
Frank Tate
Title last held by
Alan Minter
World Middleweight Champion
May 27, 1983 – April 6, 1987
Titles fractured
Title next held by
Bernard Hopkins
Preceded by
Larry Holmes
Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
Succeeded by
Thomas Hearns
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Aaron Pryor
BWAA Fighter of the Year
Succeeded by
Thomas Hearns
Preceded by
Thomas Hearns
Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
Shared award with Donald Curry

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Mike Tyson
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Thomas Hearns
BWAA Fighter of the Year
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