Middleweight great Marvin Hagler dies at 66

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

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

“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 combated 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 accomplishment was available 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 a classic that ended up being recognized merely as “The War.”

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 physician 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 accomplishment, 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 male of honor and a male 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.

Former fighter and legendary trainer Freddie Roach said Hagler visited Roach’s hometown to watch one of his fights.

“Marvin Hagler pertained to my battle in Boston,” Roach wrote on his social media account. “I valued what he stated to me after my battle.

“Rest In Peace, my friend. Condolences to the Hagler family. Thank you Marvelous Marvin Hagler for all you gave to boxing.”

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, recorded a questionable 12-round split choice and introduced his go back to the ring as Hagler – outraged by the scoring — quote goodbye.

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

– 10-count salute –

Sports streaming service DAZN honored Hagler with a 10-count salute throughout a boxing card in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday night.

“Rest in eternal peace the Marvellous One!” stated promoter Eddie Hearn.

Renowned ring commentator Michael Buffer was ravaged by the news of Hagler’s death.

“I am crushed at the news that MARVELOUS MARVIN HAGLER has passed away!” Buffer composed on social networks. “He was-in his prime-POUND4POUND-the best, going 11yrs in 38 fights w/o defeat!

“He controlled the MW department 4 a years! 62 wins/52KOs-3 losses R.I.P. 4EVER CHAMPION-4EVER KEPT IN MIND.”

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.