Marvelous Marvin Hegler, who ruled boxing as middleweight champion from 1980 to 1987, won the title 12 times, losing to Sugar Ray Leonard in his competitive bout 12 times. He was 66.
Hagler’s death was announced by his wife, Kay. Yes. Hegler did Verified facebook page Marvelous Marvin Hagler Fan Club. She said she died unexpectedly at her home in New Hampshire.
Hagler was one of the most formidable fighters of his era, defeating a string of challengers, including Roberto Duran and Thomas Hearns, whom he edged out in the third round The battle of 1985 That he is considered the highlight of his career.
He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993.
“I’ve always wanted to be someone,” Hegler Told Sports Illustrated In 1982. “Baseball, I played like I was Mikki Mantle or Willie Mess. Basketball, I would be Walt Frazier or Kareem; Boxing, I would pretend I was Floyd Patterson or Emil Griffith.”
Hagler was born on 23 May 1954 with Marvin Nathaniel Hagler.
He grew up in Newark, but his mother moved the family to Brockton, Mass. 1967 riots, When there were fires and violent clashes between Newark police, National Guard soldiers and black residents consumed the city and killed 26 people.
He learned to box in Brockton, another great award-winning hometown of Rocky Marciano, where he was trained by the brothers Pat and Goody Petronelli, Which ran a gym in the working-class city. During the day, he worked for Petronelis’ construction company and was paid $ 3 an hour.
Pat Petronelli recalled in 1987, “He needed very bad money.” He would borrow 50 cents for a submarine sandwich, 25 cents for a soda – we’ll cut it on Friday. He does not spend until he feels it was necessary. “
At the age of 18, Hegler began his amateur career by winning the National Amateur Athletic Union tournament in the 165-pound class. He turned professional a week later. For years, he trained at the tip of Cape Cod, reveling in isolation and driving sand dunes in Provincetown, Mass., To build his strength and fitness.
“You’re gonna keep yourself in solitude,” she Told The New York Times Out of his room at the Provincetown Inn in 1981, as a blizzard. “All great champions did the same. Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali on Deer Lake on his mountain. He jailed himself. I put myself in jail. “
Mr. Hagler always regarded himself as a thing in boxing, disrespecting perennials, and he slowly made his way to Bobby Watts. Willie “Worm” MonroeAccording to the Boxing Hall of Fame, before Eugene “Cyclone” Hart and Benny Briske got a shot in the finals in 1979.
That year, however, the judges gave Hagler the same. A draw against Vito Antoformo, Which remained the champion.
He had to wait until 1980 to claim the title from Alan Minor in London. Because English spectators bombarded the ring with bottles to prevent a one-sided fight, Hugler’s hand did not extend to victory.
Many boxer enthusiasts consider Hagler’s best against the Haggers as his best, and Hagler said that it was in that match that he was finally able to prove his greatness.
In an outdoor area next to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Hearns and Hagler traded terrifying explosions until the third round, before a crowd of more than 16,000 sold, when Hagler threw a solid possession that caught Hyder on the chin .
The mercenaries wagged against the ropes and fell on the canvas. Slowly, he lifted himself up, grabbed onto the ropes, and was on his feet in a count of eight. The referee looked into Hearns’ twinkling eyes and waved that the fight was over.
“Tommy is a good fighter,” Hagler later said, “but he’s arrogant. I had something for him.”
Hegler’s professional career ended after Leonard, who had struggled only once in the last five years, Kill him 12-round split decision in 1987 at Caesars Palace Outdoor Zone. Hagler, who had not lost a fight since 1976, was a heavy favorite, and had a special distaste for Leonard, whom he called “Mr.” Politician “and” Mr. the middle class.”
“He’s a pony,” Hagler Told the Times In 1987. “He has been guarded all his life. Besides, if he could not become a boxer, he could do other things. Me? I didn’t have anywhere else to go.”
But Leonard insisted on a spectacular display of boxing artistry – painting with jabs and uppercase – to create an upset.
Huggler Announced his retirement In 1988, stating that he did not want to wait for a rematch with Leonard. The Boxing Hall of Fame stated that during his career, he won 67 bouts, won 62, lost three and drew two matches. He had 52 knockouts.
“I feel in my heart that I am still the winner,” Hagler said after losing his title. “I really hate the fact that they took it from me, and gave it to everyone, Sugar Ray Leonard.”