Thomas Hearns

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Thomas Hearns
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Real nameThomas Hearns
Nickname(s)The Hitman
Motor City Cobra
Rated atWelterweight
Super Welterweight
Middleweight
Super Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Cruiserweight
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1958-10-18) October 18, 1958 (age 53)
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights67
Wins61
Wins by KO48
Losses5
Draws1
No contests0
 
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Thomas Hearns
Statistics
Real nameThomas Hearns
Nickname(s)The Hitman
Motor City Cobra
Rated atWelterweight
Super Welterweight
Middleweight
Super Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Cruiserweight
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1958-10-18) October 18, 1958 (age 53)
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights67
Wins61
Wins by KO48
Losses5
Draws1
No contests0

Thomas "Tommy" Hearns (born October 18, 1958) is a retired American professional boxer. Nicknamed the "Motor City Cobra" and more famously "The Hitman," Hearns became the first boxer in history to win world titles in four divisions. He would also become the first fighter in history to win five world titles in five different divisions. Hearns was named Ring Magazine fighter of the year in 1980 and 1984 and is best known for his fights with Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler and Roberto Durán.

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Early life

Born in Grand Junction, Tennessee on October 18, 1958, Hearns was the youngest of three children in his mother's first marriage. With her second marriage, six children joined the first three. On her own, Mrs. Hearns raised Tommy and his siblings in Grand Junction until Tommy was five years old; then the family moved to Detroit, Michigan.

Amateur career

Hearns had an amateur record of 155–8. In 1977, he won the National Amateur Athletic Union Light Welterweight Championship, defeating Bobby Joe Young of Steubenville, Ohio, in the finals. He also won the 1977 National Golden Gloves Light Welterweight Championship.

Professional career

Hearns began his professional boxing career in Detroit, Michigan, under the tutelage of Emanuel Steward in 1977.

He won six world titles in five weight classes during his pro career, defeating future boxing hall of famers such as Pipino Cuevas, Wilfred Benítez, Virgil Hill and Roberto Durán. Hearns started his career by knocking out his first 17 opponents. In 1980, Hearns carried his 28-0 record into a world title match against Mexico's Pipino Cuevas. Hearns ended Cuevas's 4-year reign by beating him by TKO in the second round. Hearns was voted "Fighter of the Year" by Ring Magazine in 1980.

Hearns vs. Leonard

In 1981, Hearns the WBA Champion, with a 32-0 record (30 KOs), fought WBC Champion Sugar Ray Leonard (30-1) to unify the World Welterweight Championship in a bout dubbed "The Showdown." In this legendary fight, Hearns suffered his first professional defeat when Leonard stopped him in the 14th round. In the 13th round, Leonard, behind on points on all 3 judges scorecards, needed a knockout to win. He came on strong and put Hearns through the ropes at the end of the round. Hearns was dazed, totally out of gas and received a count but was saved by the bell. Leonard, with his left eye shut and time running out, resumed his attack in the 14th. Hearns started the round boxing and moving, but after staggering Hearns with an overhand right, Leonard pinned Hearns against the ropes. After another combination to the body and head, referee Davey Pearl stopped the fight. Hearns and Leonard banked a combined 17 million dollars for the fight, making it the largest purse in sports history. The following year, Leonard retired due to a detached retina caused by Hearns' jab and there would be no rematch until 1989.

Light Middleweight Champion

Hearns moved up in weight and won the WBC Super Welterweight (154 lb) title from boxing legend and three-time world champion Wilfred Benítez (44-1-1) in New Orleans in December 1982, and defended that title against European Champion Luigi Minchillo (42-1) (W 12), Roberto Durán (KO 2), no.1 contender Fred Hutchings (29-1) (KO 3) and #1 contender Mark Medal (26-2) (TKO 8). During his reign at this weight, the 2 round destruction of the legendary Roberto Durán, in which he became the first boxer to KO Durán, is seen as his pinnacle achievement, earning him his second Ring Magazine "Fighter of the Year" award in 1984.

Hearns vs. Hagler

During his time as Super Welterweight Champion, Hearns also ventured into the middleweight division, losing a legendary battle to Undisputed Middleweight Champion Marvin Hagler in 1985. Billed "The Fight" (later known as The War), this Superbout is commonly known as the 3 greatest rounds in history. The legendary battle elevated both fighters to superstar status. Hearns was able to stun Hagler soon after the opening bell, but he subsequently broke his right hand in the first round. He did, however, manage to open a deep cut over Hagler's nose that caused the ring doctor to consider a stoppage. The fight, however, was allowed to continue at this point, with the ringside commentators remarking on the fact that, "the last thing Hagler wants or needs is for this fight to be stopped on a cut." The battle did go back and forth some, but Hearns was unable to capitalize on his early successes against Hagler, and the hand injury ultimately contributed to his undoing. After the injury, he was unable to throw the type of devastating right hand power punches for which he was known. As a result he began to use lateral movement and a good jab to keep Hagler at bay as best he could under the circumstances. This tactic worked fairly well, but in the third round a smiling Hearns turned his back on Hagler after an exchange. This grave mistake allowed Hagler to trap Hearns on the ropes, where a crushing right hand by Hagler knocked Hearns down. Hearns beat the count but was totally gone and the referee stopped the fight. Despite the loss, Hearns garnered a tremendous amount of respect from fans and boxing aficionados alike. Considering the popularity of the fight and the level of competition, a rematch would seem to be a foregone conclusion.

Comeback

Hearns quickly made amends by dispatching undefeated rising star James "Black Gold" Shuler with a devastating first round knockout in 1986. Only a week after the fight, Shuler would die in a motorcycle accident. Hearns presented the NABF Championship belt to Shuler's family at his funeral, saying he deserved to keep the belt as he had held it longer than Hearns.

Other notable world title fights included the 6 knockdowns of three-time world champion Dennis Andries to win the WBC Light Heavyweight title in March 1987, his four-round destruction of the feared Juan Roldán (63-2) later that year to claim the WBC Middleweight title, his TKO "Ring Magazine 1988 upset of the year" loss to Iran Barkley in his first defense of that same title, and his win against James "the Heat" Kinchen (44-3) for the newly created WBO Super Middleweight title.

Rematch with Leonard

Hearns had to wait until 1989 for a rematch with Sugar Ray Leonard, this time for Leonard's WBC Super Middleweight title. This was Hearns's sixth Superfight, a fight which much of the public believed Hearns won, flooring Leonard in both the 3rd and 11th rounds. However, the judges scored the fight a draw. Leonard later admitted that he believed Hearns had beaten him and that he was gifted the draw, stating the fighters were 1-1 in his book.

Later career

1991 would see one last great performance by the aging Hitman as he challenged the undefeated WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Virgil Hill. In Hill's 11th defense of the title, Hearns would return to his amateur roots and outbox the champion to win a convincing decision and add a sixth world title to his illustrious career.

On June 23, 1997, Hearns appeared on a WWE telecast, performing in a storyline making use of kayfabe, where he was taunted and challenged by professional wrestler Bret "Hitman" Hart. Hearns "attacked" Jim Neidhart and knocked him down as he was standing in front of Hart. Officials then entered the ring and broke up the "confrontation."

Personal life

Hearns' family is a fixture on the Detroit sports scene. His mother, Lois Hearns, is a fight promoter. Their company, "Hearns Entertainment," has promoted many cards, including the Mike Tyson-Andrew Golota bout in 2000. His son Ronald Hearns is also a boxer, and has fought on the undercard of his father's last couple of fights. He currently lives in Southfield, Michigan (a suburb of Detroit). Due to personal financial issues, Hearns was forced to auction off his possessions at The Auction Block of Detroit, Michigan on April 3, 2010. Items included were a 1957 Chevy, 47' Fountain boat, and a slew of collectors memorabilia. His debt to the IRS was $250,000. He took responsibility for repaying the entire debt, which he said was accrued from being overly generous toward his large extended family.[1]

Professional boxing record

61 Wins (48 knockouts), 5 Losses (4 knockouts), 1 Draw[2]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
Win61-5-1United States Shannon LandbergTKO10 (10), 1:352006-02-04United States The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win60-5-1United States John LongTKO9 (10)2005-07-30United States Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Loss59-5-1Jamaica Uriah GrantRTD2 (12), 3:002000-04-08United States Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MichiganLost IBO Cruiserweight title.
Win59-4-1United States Nate MillerUD121999-04-10England M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, Greater ManchesterWon vacant IBO Cruiserweight title.
Win58-4-1United States Jay SnyderKO1 (10), 1:281998-11-06United States Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Win57-4-1United States Ed DaltonKO5 (10), 2:471997-01-31United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Win56-4-1United States Karl WillisKO5 (10)1996-11-29United States Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke, Virginia
Win55-4-1United States Earl ButlerUD101995-09-26United States The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win54-4-1United States Lenny LaPagliaTKO1 (12), 2:551995-03-31United States Detroit, MichiganWon vacant WBU Cruiserweight title.
Win53-4-1Puerto Rico Freddie DelgadoUD121994-02-19United States Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North CarolinaRetained NABF Cruiserweight title.
Win52-4-1United States Dan WardTKO1 (12), 2:091994-01-29United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NevadaWon vacant NABF Cruiserweight title.
Win51-4-1United States Andrew MaynardTKO1 (10), 2:341993-11-06United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss50-4-1United States Iran BarkleySD121992-03-20United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NevadaLost WBA Light Heavyweight title.
Win50-3-1United States Virgil HillUD121991-06-03United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NevadaWon WBA Light Heavyweight title.
Win49-3-1United States Ken AtkinsTKO3 (10), 2:081991-06-03United States Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
Win48-3-1United States Kemper MortonKO2 (10), 2:021991-02-11United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Win47-3-1Canada Michael OlajideUD121990-04-28United States Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New JerseyRetained WBO Super Middleweight title.
Draw46-3-1United States Sugar Ray LeonardPTS121989-06-12United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained WBO Super Middleweight title.
For WBC Super Middleweight title.
Win46–3United States James KinchenMD121988-11-04United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NevadaWon NABF & vacant WBO Super Middleweight titles.
Loss45–3United States Iran BarkleyTKO3 (12), 2:391988-06-06United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NevadaLost WBC Middleweight title.
Win45–2Argentina Juan RoldánKO4 (12), 2:011987-10-29United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NevadaWon vacant WBC Middleweight title.
Win44–2United Kingdom Dennis AndriesTKO10 (12), 1:261987-03-07United States Cobo Hall, Detroit, MichiganWon WBC Light Heavyweight title.
Win43–2United States Doug DeWittUD121986-10-17United States Cobo Arena, Detroit, MichiganRetained NABF Middleweight title.
Win42–2United States Mark MedalTKO8 (12), 2:201986-06-23United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained WBC & The Ring Light Middleweight titles.
Win41–2United States James ShulerKO1 (12), 1:131986-03-10United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NevadaWon NABF Middleweight title.
Loss40–2United States Marvin HaglerTKO3 (12), 1:521985-04-15United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NevadaFor WBC, WBA, IBF, & The Ring Middleweight titles.
The Ring magazine's "Fight of the Year" (1985)
Win40–1United States Fred HutchingsTKO3 (15), 2:561984-09-15United States Civic Center, Saginaw, MichiganRetained WBC & The Ring Light Middleweight titles.
Win39–1Panama Roberto DuránTKO2 (12)1984-06-15United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained WBC & The Ring Light Middleweight titles.
Win38–1Italy Luigi MinchilloUD121984-02-11United States Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MichiganRetained WBC & The Ring Light Middleweight titles.
Win37–1United Kingdom Murray SutherlandUD101983-07-10United States Caesars Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New JerseyRetained WBC & won vacant The Ring Light Middleweight titles.
Win36–1Puerto Rico Wilfred BenítezMD151982-12-03United States Superdome, New Orleans, LouisianaWon WBC Light Middleweight title.
Win35–1United States Jeff McCrackenTKO8 (10), 1:291982-07-25United States Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan
Win34–1Mexico Marcos GeraldoKO1 (10), 1:481982-02-27United States The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win33–1United States Ernie SingletaryUD101981-12-11The Bahamas Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, Nassau
Loss32–1United States Sugar Ray LeonardTKO14 (15), 1:451981-09-16United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NevadaLost WBA Welterweight title. For WBC & The Ring Welterweight titles.
The Ring magazine's "Fight of the Year" (1981)
Win32–0Dominican Republic Pablo BaezTKO4 (15), 2:101981-06-25United States Astrodome, Houston, TexasRetained WBA Welterweight title.
Win31–0United States Randy ShieldsTKO12 (15), 3:001981-04-25United States Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, ArizonaRetained WBA Welterweight title.
Win30–0Venezuela Luis PrimeraKO6 (15), 2:001980-12-06United States Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MichiganRetained WBA Welterweight title.
Win29–0Mexico José CuevasTKO2 (15), 2:391980-08-02United States Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MichiganWon WBA Welterweight title.
Win28–0Nicaragua Eddie GazoKO1 (10), 2:411980-05-03United States Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan
Win27–0United States Santiago ValdezTKO1 (10), 2:561980-03-31United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win26–0Puerto Rico Ángel EspadaTKO4 (12)1980-03-02United States Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MichiganWon vacant USBA Welterweight title.
Win25–0Netherlands Jim RichardsKO3 (10)1980-02-03United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win24–0United States Mike ColbertUD101979-11-30United States Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Win23–0Thailand Saensak MuangsurinTKO3 (10), 2:311979-10-18United States Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan
Win22–0Mexico Jose FigueroaKO3 (10), 1:171979-09-22United States Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California
Win21–0Dominican Republic Inocencio Mao De la RosaRTD2 (10)1979-08-23United States Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Win20–0United States Bruce CurryRTD3 (10), 2:591979-06-28United States Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan
Win19–0United States Harold WestonRTD6 (12)1979-05-20United States Dunes Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win18–0United States Alfonso HaymanUD101979-04-03United States The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win17–0Ecuador Segundo MurilloTKO8 (10), 2:251979-03-03United States Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan
Win16–0United States Sammy RuckardTKO81979-01-31United States Saginaw, Michigan
Win15–0Canada Clyde GrayTKO10 (10)1979-01-11United States Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan
Win14–0Philippines Rudy BarroTKO4 (10)1978-12-09United States Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Win13–0Venezuela Pedro RojasTKO1 (10), 1:091978-10-26United States Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan
Win12–0United States Bruce FinchTKO3 (10), 2:011978-09-07United States Detroit, Michigan
Win11–0Trinidad and Tobago Eddie MarcelleKO2, 2:591978-08-03United States Detroit, Michigan
Win10–0Mexico Raul AguirreKO31978-07-20United States Detroit, Michigan
Win9–0United States Jimmy RothwellKO1 (10)1978-06-08United States Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan
Win8–0United States Tyrone PhelpsKO31978-03-31United States Saginaw, Michigan
Win7–0United States Ray FieldsTKO21978-03-17United States Detroit, Michigan
Win6–0United States Billy GoodwinTKO21978-02-17United States Saginaw, Michigan
Win5–0United States Robert AdamsKO31978-02-10United States Detroit, Michigan
Win4–0United States Anthony HouseKO21978-01-29United States Knoxville, Tennessee
Win3–0United States Willie WrenKO31977-12-16United States Detroit, Michigan
Win2–0United States Jerry StricklandKO3 (6)1977-12-07United States Mount Clemens, Michigan
Win1–0United States Jerome HillKO2 (4)1977-11-25United States Detroit, MichiganHearns' professional debut

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See also

References

  1. ^ Detroit Free Press April 4, 2010
  2. ^ Thomas Hearns – Boxer. Boxrec.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-26.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Pipino Cuevas
WBA Welterweight Champion
August 2, 1980 – September 16, 1981
Succeeded by
Sugar Ray Leonard
Preceded by
Wilfred Benítez
WBC Light Middleweight Champion
December 3, 1982–1986
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Duane Thomas
Vacant
Title last held by
Sugar Ray Leonard
The Ring Light Middleweight Champion
May 1983 - September 1986
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Oscar De La Hoya
Preceded by
Dennis Andries
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
March 7, 1987 – November 27, 1987
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Donny Lalonde
Vacant
Title last held by
Sugar Ray Leonard
WBC Middleweight Champion
October 29, 1987 – June 6, 1988
Succeeded by
Iran Barkley
Inaugural ChampionWBO Super Middleweight Champion
November 4, 1988 – April 28, 1990
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Chris Eubank
Preceded by
Virgil Hill
WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
June 3, 1991 – March 20, 1992
Succeeded by
Iran Barkley
Awards
Preceded by
Sugar Ray Leonard
Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
1980
Succeeded by
Sugar Ray Leonard
& Salvador Sánchez
Preceded by
Sugar Ray Leonard
BWAA Fighter of the Year
1980
Succeeded by
Sugar Ray Leonard
Preceded by
Marvin Hagler
Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
1984
Succeeded by
Marvin Hagler
& Donald Curry
Preceded by
Marvin Hagler
BWAA Fighter of the Year
1984
Succeeded by
Marvin Hagler