Marvelous Marvin Hagler dead at 66

(Reuters) – Magnificent Marvin Hagler, who controlled boxing’s middleweight department in the 1980s, has actually passed away at the age of 66, his other half Kay Hagler stated on Saturday.

The cause of death was not instantly understood. Celeb site TMZ reported Hagler was required to healthcare facility in New Hampshire on Saturday with chest discomforts and problem breathing.

Hagler, who lawfully altered his name to Marvelous in 1982, published a record of 62-3-2 and ruled supreme till his reign as indisputable middleweight champ pertained to a questionable end in 1987 with a loss to Sugar Ray Leonard.

“I am sorry to make a very sad announcement. Today unfortunately my beloved husband Marvelous Marvin passed away unexpectedly at his home here in New Hampshire. Our family requests that you respect our privacy during this difficult time,” Kay Hagler published on the Marvelous Marvin Hagler Fan Club page on Facebook.

Considered among boxing’s excellent champs and finest pound-for-pound fighters, Hagler was torn down simply when in 67 expert bouts while 52 of his wins visited method of knockouts.

A member of both the World and International Boxing Halls of Popularity, Hagler was two times called Fighter of the Year by The Ring publication.

“Rest In Peace Marvelous Marvin Hagler. Boxing lost an all time great today,” promoter Frank Warren published on Twitter.

Hagler’s 14-year profession is best kept in mind not for a single battle however one round, the very first in his 1985 fight with Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns that ended up being referred to as “The War”.

For 3 minutes of harsh violence the 2 guys let loose a barrage of punches on each other. Hagler would go on to win the battle when it was dropped in the 3rd round, the bout immediately hailed as a boxing classic.

“Saddened to hear about the death of Marvelous Marvin Hagler. One of the greatest to ever step in the ring! #RIPMarvelous,” tweeted boxing excellent Oscar De La Hoya.

Leading Rank chairman Bob Arum stated Hagler was amongst the best professional athletes his company promoted.

“He was a man of honor and a man of his word, and he performed in the ring with unparalleled determination. He was a true athlete and a true man. I will miss him greatly.”

Kept in mind ring commentator Michael Buffer tweeted he was “crushed” by the news.

Previous world heavyweight champ Lennox Lewis tweeted: “This one hits so hard also because he was the one I emulated my own training camps after when I saw how seriously he took his training camps. The world is one great man less today.”

(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; extra reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Modifying by Daniel Wallis and William Mallard)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.