Middleweight great Marvin Hagler dead at 66: wife

Boxing legend Marvin Hagler, the undeniable middleweight champ from 1980 to 1987, passed away on Saturday at age 66, his partner stated.

In a publishing on the well known fighter’s Facebook page, Kay G. Hagler stated her hubby died at the household house.

“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,” she composed. “Our family requests that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

“Marvelous” Marvin Hagler battled from 1973 to 1987 and provided a few of the legendary bouts in a golden age of the sport, completing with a record of 62-3 with 2 drawn and 52 knockouts.

The southpaw’s most declared victory can be found in a 1985 match at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas versus Thomas “Hitman” Hearns that lasted just a tick over 8 minutes however was considered as a traditional.

After a preliminary filled with power punches in which Hearns suffered a damaged right-hand man, Hagler suffered a cut to the head early in the 2nd.

A ringside medical professional taken a look at Hagler in the 3rd round and the battle went on. Hagler wobbled Hearns with a powerhouse right and sent him to the canvas minutes later on, Hearns increasing just to collapse into referee Richard Steele’s arms.

Hagler won the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association middleweight titles in 1980, stopping Britain’s Alan Minter in the 3rd round at London’s Wembley Arena, and included the International Boxing Federation’s inaugural title in 1983.

Hagler protected the undeniable crown 12 times, consisting of a 15-round consentaneous choice triumph over Panama’s Roberto Duran in 1983 and his last victory, an 11th-round knockout of unbeaten Ugandan John Mugabi in 1986.

“Marvelous Marvin Hagler was among the greatest athletes that Top Rank ever promoted,” famous United States promoter Bob Arum stated. “He was a guy of honor and a guy of his word, and he carried out in the ring with unparallelled decision.

“He was a real professional athlete and a real guy. I will miss him considerably,” Arum added of Hagler, a member of the middleweight division’s “4 Kings” of the 1980s along with Hearns, “Sugar” Ray Leonard and Duran.

Over a years from 1976 to 1986, Hagler went unbeaten with 36 wins and a draw.

Called Fighter of the Year in 1983 and 1985 by the Boxing Writers Association of America, he was called Fighter of the Years in the 1980s by Boxing Illustrated.

He brought a 16-fight win streak into what showed to be his last battle, a face-off with Leonard in 1987 at age 32.

Leonard, coming off 3 years of retirement at age 30, caught a questionable 12-round split choice and released his go back to the ring as Hagler – outraged by the scoring — quote goodbye.

After getting out of the ring, Hagler pursued acting and a profession as a boxing analysts. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Popularity in 1993.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.