Rivalries in boxing are often connected to trilogies, but Marvin Hagler’s middleweight title defense against the explosive Thomas Hearns was once in a lifetime sporting theater. No sequel required. Hagler told RingTV.com: “It was the highlight of my career and I give Tommy credit for being the man he was that night. It takes two to tango and both of us made our mark in the history books.”
Thirty years ago today, Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns somehow exceeded the extreme expectations created by promoters, fans and media. Their eight minutes of fury was a savage symphony of violence that ended up lifting both victor and vanquished to legendary status.
Thirty-five years ago today, boxing observers believed they would witness a rare event – the coronation of two superstars: Sugar Ray Leonard, who was favored to beat WBC welterweight titleholder Wilfredo Benitez, and Marvelous Marvin Hagler, a 4-to-1 choice to unseat undisputed middleweight champion Vito Antuofermo.
Fans share their thoughts and questions about Sergey Kovalev’s future and championship status, undefeated super middleweight Gilberto Ramirez, the meaning of “lineal/linear” champions, mythical matchups involving Kovalev, and much more in this week’s Friday mailbag.
Sugar Ray Leonard is as interested in the Hassan N’dam N’Jikam-Curtis Stevens middleweight matchup as most hardcore fans. The contenders fight tonight in a 12-round IBF eliminator in Santa Monica, Calif. It will be broadcast live on ESPN2, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.
Keith Thurman: “You can doubt me as much as you want, but you are going to watch me throughout my career climb that ladder and reach the destination that I foresaw, and the one that I told you about, and that’s Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.”
Sugar Ray Leonard said Manny Pacquiao is still physically capable of coming back against Brandon Rios, but the big question is the former titleholder’s state of mind following his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez.
Fans share their thoughts on James Toney, Anthony Joshua, Andre Ward-Edwin Rodriguez, the post-Klitschko heavyweight division, Vic Darchinyan, and two mythical matchups (Marvin Hagler vs. Emile Griffith and Ricky Hatton vs. MIguel Cotto) in this week’s Friday mailbag. Enjoy!
Hard-hitting light heavyweights Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev will face separate opponents on Nov. 30 in Canada, and Kovalev’s promoter sees them facing each other down the road.
Trainer Abel Sanchez said Gennady Golovkin “is the best middleweight ever besides Sugar Ray Robinson and maybe Bernard Hopkins.”