Monday, October 15, 2012


Hagler-Hearns: The War

"The War" between "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns took place on April 15th, 1985 at Ceasar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. Three frantic rounds of "action-packed, back-and-forth & non-stop" mayhem between Undisputed Champion Marvin Hagler and challenger Thomas Hearns, who was also the World's Junior Middleweight Champion, is considered One of the Greatest Fights in Boxing History!

It is rare in boxing for the pre-fight theatrics to live-up to the actual main event but the shaven-skulled slugger & the slender, gun-slinger w/ the afro went toe-to-toe w/ vicious bombs-after-bombs at the sound of the bell. Unbeknownst to the boxing world, Hearns had broken his right-hand after landing a massive blow that staggered & stunned Hagler which had "The Marvelous One" in serious trouble in the opening seconds. The Hitman carried-on like an animal possessed, punching through ‘excruciating’ pain — eventually cutting Hagler on the forehead.

As the two warriors continued their "all-out" onslaught on each other, Hagler decided to switch to southpaw and began imposing his will w/ power punches to the body like a raging bull. Hearns was taking a bruising pounding on the ropes and his legs became "rubbery" — almost "giving-out" several times.

The Hitman down from two hellacious Hagler uppercuts in the 3rd round

Sugar Ray Leonard –a special guest HBO commentator, shouted, "I don’t like the way Tommy’s moving! His legs are rubbery!" The climax came by way of a vicious right that pinned Hearns limp against the ropes and two mighty upper-cuts sent him flaring to the canvas. Leonard, convinced that no fighter, no matter how great, could recover from such an assault, shouted into his microphone, "He’s gone... he’s gone!" Hearns summoned all the strength he had to get to his feet at the count of nine but as he slumped against the referee, Richard Steele had to call the fight.

The Ring Magazine, the bible of the sport, enshrines the opening three minutes as ‘One of the Greatest First Rounds of All-Time!’ and the entire fight as ‘the Most Electrifying Eight Minutes Ever!’

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