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09 Jun 18 00:19
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completely different gravy from today's inferior product.

remember when boxing was great ?
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Report Thebas June 9, 2018 1:31 PM BST
I have nothing but respect for any boxer that steps into the ring ... one on one ... with another fighter - any era.

But yes the mid 80's were sensational.

Hagler was a leftie & rightie (but) southpaw who never took a step backwards

One of my favourite rounds was Round 2 Hagler vs Mugabi.

John Mugabi was a beast but he was stepping up a half division ... out of his own ... into Hagler's realm in this fight and he was all courage also.

I was fortunate enough to meet John just under 20 years later when he came to Australia.   I went out from Brisbane to Toowoomba where some friends out there had shouted me a birthday night at the local fights.    Guy Waters (brother of Troy RIP) was the main fight but in between the early fights the broadcaster announced John Mugabi was in the house to watch at ringside.    There was hardly a murmur from the locals but I couldn't contain my excitement so got up and walked around the ring till I found John at the broadcast desk and went and introduced myself with a handshake.   John got up and shook my hand ... what a gentleman as I reminisced with him of his heroic feat in moving up to fight Marvin.   A great night for me.

The Hagler v Mugabi fight where I still like to watch again the two duke it out in Round 2 ...  both had "finish it" intentions.
Report tobermory June 9, 2018 8:12 PM BST
I always thought the Mugabi fight was a bigger factor in Hagler's retirement than the Leonard one.

If contenders coming out of nowhere could give you a war like that you'd want to be thinking of retirement plans.
Report mesmerised June 9, 2018 11:24 PM BST
Looks more like a bar room brawl than a boxing match
Report geordie1956 June 18, 2018 3:56 PM BST
Always remember when the hit man knocked our Roberto perfect a punch as you could ever imagine
Report DenzilPenberthy June 21, 2018 4:50 PM BST
Cheers geordie Grin
Report charwell. July 31, 2018 10:43 AM BST
I yearn for the halcyon days of boxing.

The '4 kings' Hagler, Hearns, Leonard, Duran.....doubt I will be so lucky to see such a rich seam of talent again.

That Hagler/Hearns bout is my favourite of all time. That KO punch of Hearns v Duran is my favourite KO of all time. Hagler is my favourite fighter of all time (granite chin, fought everyone, fearsome man and punnishing bouts).

Now you have about 6 'champions' for each weight class, fighters avoiding each other to keep the gravy train running, profiteers like Hearn only interested in lining his own pockets providing a feast of one sided matches and hometwon judging, pay per view for bog average wonder mixed martial arts has rocketed in popularity.Crazy
Report Des Pond July 31, 2018 10:39 PM BST
Yes, it was a great era for boxing. As well as the "4 kings", there were a lot of great fighters in other divisions: Wifredo Benitez, Aaron Pryor, Ray Mancini and Alexis Arguello, as well as some very good middleweights and light heavyweights such as Hill, Nunn, McCallum and Jones Jnr later in the decade.
Report DenzilPenberthy August 1, 2018 3:34 AM BST
Aaron Pryor was a machine shame about his demise probably the most enjoyable boxer to watch had the lot.

Pryor v Hearns 1976 Golden Gloves

Some Pryor highlights
Report darren_discombobulates_sports August 1, 2018 4:08 AM BST
I think if Hagler or Hearns would have fought the way they did against each other against the likes of Mayweather or Golovkin they'd have been schooledShocked like watching a playground fight with not a lot of finesse or defensive work.

Take Leonard v Duran for example, first fight Leonard went to war with Duran which was completely playing into Duran's hands, second fight he didn't make the same mistake and reverted to boxing, not letting him close and keeping him at arms length the whole time before he quit, Mayweather's defensive skill set would have frustrated the life out of the old school boxers, Golovkin would have been too technically sound for most of them as well if not all, a good boxer beats a good fighter. Fighters however are usually more lauded hence Floyd's lack of popularity in comparison to the likes of De La Hoya.
Report superjudge August 1, 2018 4:08 PM BST
darren loved to have seen hagler v mayweather. would have had my bollocs on hagler. hagler been schooled by mayweather Laugh
Report CJ August 2, 2018 11:10 PM BST
Tommy Hearns would've sparked any middleweight fighting now, not even a debate. Speed, power combined with a freakish reach. Not consensus but he was the best of the 4 imo.

Ran out of steam vs Leonard when well ahead on the cards late on over 15 rounds, was robbed v Leonard in 2nd fight draw. Almost stopped Hagler in 2 but fought totally the wrong right fight and got dragged into Hagler's brawl, and flattened Duran in 2.

It used to be hagler as a kid, but the more i read Hearns is now definitely my favourite fighter of that era.
Report superjudge August 3, 2018 6:35 AM BST
great fighter hearns.almost stopped hagler in 2? not having that one.lets get it right cj they went to war and hagler done a job on him.
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