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.
Echoing the sentiments of many a fan and pundit, undefeated welterweight Keith Thurman says Al Haymon’s deal with NBC is a blessing and good for the sport.
Whether he plans to stick around at junior welterweight or make a gradual transition to welterweight, RING champion Danny Garcia says he’s ready to take boxing to the next level.
Tasked with providing expert commentary for NBC’s new boxing series, ‘Premier Boxing Champions,’ Sugar Ray Leonard believes Al Haymon and the network put ‘good pressure’ on premium cable giants HBO and Showtime.
In Lem Satterfield’s latest notebook, former three-division titleholder Iran Barkley reveals what really contributed to a recent hospital stay.
Iran Barkley, owner of two victories over Thomas Hearns, was hospitalized on Wednesday with a minor stroke, his niece, Barbara Wilder, told The New York Daily News. Hearns told RingTV.com that he wishes his former rival, now a good friend, a speedy and complete recovery.
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.
Fans share their thoughts on light heavyweight beltholder Sergey Kovalev’s most recent KO and his November title unification bout with living legend Bernard Hopkins, the Brandon Rios-Diego Chaves controversy, mythical matchups involving “GGG,” and other subjects in this week’s Monday mailbag. Enjoy!
If Miguel Cotto defeats Sergio Martinez he will equal the feats of Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran who were also former welterweight stars that won the middleweight title, however, many hall of famers and even great fighters were unable to do it.
Juan Manuel Marquez returns to the venue that introduced him to U.S. fans, The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., when he takes on Mike Alvarado on May 17. Marquez says a wins puts him in position to make history. Alvarado seeks redemption vs. the Mexican legend.
Keith Thurman: “I remember when I was 11 years old, and for Christmas, I got this boxing book and it had all of the great fighters in it. I remember flipping through those pages and saying to myself, ‘Man, it would be something if your name was in a book like this some day.'”
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.”
The late Emanuel “Manny” Steward trained Thomas Hearns, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko and Mike McCallum among his seemingly endless list of current and former world champions.