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.
“Right now, sadly my beloved husband Marvelous Marvin handed away unexpectedly at his dwelling right here in New Hampshire,” his wife Kay Hagler said.
Hagler fought 67 occasions throughout his 14-year skilled profession, profitable 62.
He triumphed on 52 events by knockout, whereas he drew two and misplaced thrice.
In September 1980, Hagler fought Britain’s Alan Minter at Wembley Stadium to say his first world titles, profitable 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 basic often called ‘The Battle’.
Hagler made 12 profitable title defences till his defeat by Leonard by a break up choice and he retired a yr 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 after I noticed how significantly 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, power and positivity in our conversations that you’d by no means guess what a wrecking machine he was within the ring.
“Our wives would converse 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,” stated boxing promoter Frank Warren.
Former world featherweight champion Barry McGuigan stated he was “shocked and deeply saddened” to listen to of the “unbelievable” Hagler’s demise.
The Irishman added: “I am honoured to have spent some superb occasions with him. My heartfelt sympathies to his spouse Kay and his household. Relaxation in Peace Champ.”
British heavyweight Derek Chisora stated 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 occasions in Hagler’s reminiscence.