Former undisputed middleweight world champion ‘Marvelous’ Marvin Hagler has died on the age of 66.
The American dominated the middleweight division from 1979 till his controversial defeat by Sugar Ray Leonard in April 1987.
“At this time, sadly my beloved husband Marvelous Marvin handed away unexpectedly at his house right here in New Hampshire,” his spouse Kay Hagler mentioned.
Hagler fought 67 instances throughout his 14-year skilled profession, successful 62.
He triumphed on 52 events by knockout, whereas he drew two and misplaced 3 times.
In September 1980, Hagler fought Britain’s Alan Minter at Wembley Stadium to assert his first world titles, successful the WBA and WBC belts.
His most well-known struggle got here in April 1985 when he fought Thomas ‘Hit Man’ Hearns over three brutal rounds – a traditional often known as ‘The Struggle’.
Hagler made 12 profitable title defences till his defeat by Leonard by a break up determination and he retired a 12 months later.
Boxing world pays tribute
Former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis tweeted: “The world is one nice man much less at present.
“This one hits so laborious additionally as a result of he was the one I emulated my very own coaching camps after once I noticed how critically he took his coaching camps. “
He added: “Not solely was he a dwelling legend, however I used to be proud to name him my buddy. He was so energetic, vitality and positivity in our conversations that you’d by no means guess what a wrecking machine he was within the ring.
“Our wives would communicate on the cellphone to attach us and I am going to miss his voice saying ‘It is Marvelous’ on the opposite finish of the road.”
“Boxing misplaced an all-time nice at present,” mentioned boxing promoter Frank Warren.
Former world featherweight champion Barry McGuigan mentioned he was “shocked and deeply saddened” to listen to of the “unbelievable” Hagler’s dying.
The Irishman added: “I am honoured to have spent some superb instances with him. My heartfelt sympathies to his spouse Kay and his household. Relaxation in Peace Champ.”
British heavyweight Derek Chisora mentioned Hagler was “one of many best”.
Earlier than the world tremendous flyweight unification struggle between Juan Estrada and Roman Gonzalez in Dallas on Saturday evening, a “memorial rely of 10” was led by ring announcer Michael Buffer, with the bell rung 10 instances in Hagler’s reminiscence.