Marvelous Marvin Hagler

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Marvelous Marvin Hagler (born Marvin Nathaniel Hagler; May 23, 1954) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1973 to 1987.wikipedia
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International Boxing Hall of Fame

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Hagler is an inductee of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame.

Brockton, Massachusetts

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Following the Newark Riots of July 12–17, 1967, in which 26 people were killed and $11 million in property damage was caused, including the destruction of the Hagler family's tenement, the Haglers moved to Brockton, Massachusetts.
Brockton is the seventh largest city in Massachusetts and is sometimes referred to as the "City of Champions", due to the success of native boxers Rocky Marciano and Marvin Hagler, as well as its successful Brockton High School sports programs.

Goody Petronelli

The very next day, determined to become a boxer, he walked into a gym owned by brothers Pat and Goody Petronelli, who became his trainers and managers.
With his brother Pasquale (Pat), Petronelli managed and trained world middleweight champion Marvin Hagler.

Bennie Briscoe

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Hagler won a ten-round decision over 'Bad' Bennie Briscoe.
Notable former champions and contenders Brisoce fought included Marvin Hagler, Carlos Monzon, Rodrigo Valdéz, Luis Rodríguez, Vicente Rondon, Tony Mundine, Vito Antuofermo, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Emile Griffith, and Vinnie Curto.

Chin (combat sports)

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Many analysts and boxing writers consider Hagler to have one of the most durable chins in boxing history.

Professional boxing

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Marvelous Marvin Hagler (born Marvin Nathaniel Hagler; May 23, 1954) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1973 to 1987.
The Caesars Palace hotel in Las Vegas began to host major bouts featuring George Foreman, Ron Lyle, Muhammad Ali, Roberto Durán, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns.

Mustafa Hamsho

Syrian born Mustafa Hamsho, who won his shot in an eliminator with Wilfred Benítez and would later defeat future world champion Bobby Czyz, became Hagler's next challenger, put up a lot of resistance but was finally beaten in 11 tough rounds.
The Syrian Slugger racked up a winning record in the late 1970s defeated Wilford Scypion on June 15th, 1980 and former world middleweight champion Alan Minter on June 6th,1981 to get a shot at then-champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler in October of that year, but showed no respect for the champion during their matchup - or at least for the time it lasted.

Sugar Ray Seales

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He fought 1972 Olympics gold medalist Sugar Ray Seales; Hagler won the first time, the second was a draw and Hagler knocked out Seales in the third fight.
As a professional, he fought middleweight champion Marvin Hagler three times.

Undisputed champion

He reigned as undisputed middleweight champion from 1980 to 1987, making twelve defenses of that title, and currently holds the highest knockout percentage of all undisputed middleweight champions, at 78%, while also holding the second-longest unified championship reign in boxing history at twelve consecutive defenses.

Vito Antuofermo

In November 1979, Hagler fought World Middleweight Champion Vito Antuofermo at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Antuofermo defended his title against Marvelous Marvin Hagler in Las Vegas, Nevada, the fight resulting in a controversial 15-round draw.


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In 1969, Hagler took up boxing after being roughed-up on the street by a local boxer (whom he later avenged), in front of his friends watching.
Notable counter punchers include Muhammad Ali, Joe Calzaghe, Vitali Klitschko, Evander Holyfield, Max Schmeling, Chris Byrd, Jim Corbett, Jack Johnson, Bernard Hopkins, Laszlo Papp, Jerry Quarry, Anselmo Moreno, James Toney, Marvin Hagler, Juan Manuel Márquez, Humberto Soto, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Roger Mayweather, Pernell Whitaker, Sergio Gabriel Martinez and Guillermo Rigondeaux.

Sugar Ray Robinson Award

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He was named Fighter of the Decade (1980s) by Boxing Illustrated magazine, and twice named Fighter of the Year by The Ring magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America.

Bob Arum

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By then, promoter Bob Arum took notice and signed him.
Arum organized superfights including Marvin Hagler vs. Roberto Durán and Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns.

Kevin Finnegan

Briton Kevin Finnegan was stopped in eight.
Finnegan twice fought future undisputed world champion Marvin Hagler, losing by a technical knockout on both occasions.

Bobby Czyz

Syrian born Mustafa Hamsho, who won his shot in an eliminator with Wilfred Benítez and would later defeat future world champion Bobby Czyz, became Hagler's next challenger, put up a lot of resistance but was finally beaten in 11 tough rounds.
Czyz had a quick start to his professional boxing career in the early 1980s, and he was soon in line for a shot against world middleweight champion Marvin Hagler.

Fulgencio Obelmejias

He defeated future world champion Fulgencio Obelmejias of Venezuela by a knockout in eight rounds and then former world champ Antuofermo in a rematch by TKO in four rounds.
However, Obelmejias lost for the first time, being handed an eighth-round knockout loss by then world champion Marvin Hagler in an HBO Boxing televised fight that took place at the famed Boston Garden, home of the NBA basketball's Boston Celtics.

Wilford Scypion

Next, came Wilford Scypion, who only lasted four.
This victory guaranteed him a world championship fight, against Marvelous Marvin Hagler.

Sugar Ray Leonard

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Hagler's next challenger was Sugar Ray Leonard, who was returning to the ring after a three-year retirement (having fought just once in the previous five years.) During the pre-fight negotiations, in return for granting Hagler a larger share of the purse Leonard obtained several conditions which would be crucial to his strategy: a 22x22ft ring, 10 oz.
Leonard was part of "The Fabulous Four", a group of boxers who all fought each other throughout the 1980s, consisting of himself, Roberto Durán, Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler.

Tony Sibson

British Champion (and mutual Alan Minter conqueror) Tony Sibson followed in Hagler's ever-growing list of unsuccessful challengers.
He fought Marvin Hagler for the WBA and WBC middleweight titles in February 1983, losing by a technical knockout in the sixth round.

John Mugabi

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Next was Olympic silver medalist John Mugabi of Uganda, who was 25–0 with 25 knockouts and was ranked the number one contender by all three major bodies.
Mugabi was part of an exceptionally talented group of light-middleweights and middleweights during a "golden era" of the 1980s which included Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Wilfred Benítez, Davey Moore, and Roberto Durán.

Lowell, Massachusetts

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National Golden Gloves (Light Middleweight), Lowell, Massachusetts, March 1973:
The city's auditorium hosts the annual New England Golden Gloves tournament, which featured fighters such as Rocky Marciano, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Marvin Hagler.


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By then, Hagler was a staple on HBO, the Pay Per View of its time.

Southpaw stance

Hagler, a natural southpaw, opened the fight boxing out of an orthodox stance.
A skilled right-hander, such as Roy Jones Jr., Terence Crawford or Marvin Hagler, may switch to the left-handed (southpaw) stance to take advantage of the fact that most fighters lack experience against lefties.

The Ring (magazine)

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The fight was named "Fight of the Year" by The Ring.
Some of the boxers featured on the magazine covers have included Tommy Ryan, Salvador Sánchez, Jack Dempsey, Pancho Villa, Max Schmeling, Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson, Jake LaMotta, Rocky Marciano, Willie Pep, Muhammad Ali, Alexis Argüello, Wilfred Benítez, Wilfredo Gómez, Roberto Durán, Larry Holmes, Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Bud Taylor, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Thomas Hearns, Roy Jones Jr., Bernard Hopkins, Julio César Chávez, Félix Trinidad, Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya, Mauro Mina, and Ricardo Mayorga.

Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns

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On April 15, 1985, Hagler and Thomas Hearns met in what was billed as The Fight; later it would become known as "The War."
Marvelous Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns (originally billed as "The Fight", referred to afterward as "The War"), was a world middleweight championship boxing match between undisputed champion Marvin Hagler and challenger Thomas Hearns, the world junior middleweight champion, who had gone up in weight for the bout.