Marvelous Marvin Hagler

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Marvellous Marvin Hagler
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Statistics
Real name Marvin Nathaniel Hagler
Nickname(s) Marvellous
Rated at Middleweight
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75m)
Reach 75 in (190cm)
Nationality American
Born (1954-05-23) May 23, 1954 (age 60)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 67
Wins 62
Wins by KO 52
Losses 3
Draws 2
No contests 0

Marvelous Marvin Hagler (born Marvin Nathaniel Hagler; May 23, 1954)[1] is a retired American professional boxer who was Undisputed World Middleweight Champion from 1980 to 1987. Hagler made twelve undisputed title defenses and holds the highest KO% of all middleweight champions at 78%. At six years and seven months, his reign as undisputed middleweight champion is the second longest of the last century, behind only Tony Zale. In 1982, annoyed that network announcers often did not refer to him by his nickname, "Marvelous", Hagler legally changed his name to Marvelous Marvin Hagler."[2]

Hagler is an inductee of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame. He was named Fighter of the Decade (1980s) by Boxing Illustrated and twice named Fighter of the Year by Ring Magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America. In 2001 and 2004 the Ring named him the 4th greatest middleweight of all time[3] and in 2002 named him the 17th-greatest fighter of the past 80 years. The International Boxing Research Organisation (IBRO) rates Hagler as the sixth-greatest middleweight of all time.[4] Boxrec rates Hagler the fifth-best middleweight of all time.[5] Many analysts and boxing writers consider Hagler to have one of the best "chins" in boxing history.[6]

Early life and amateur career[edit]

Hagler was raised by his mother in Newark, New Jersey's Central Ward. Following the Newark Riots of July 12–17, 1967, in which twenty-six 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. In 1969 Hagler took up boxing after walking into a gym in the town owned by brothers Pat and Goody Petronelli, who became his trainers and managers. In 1973, Hagler became the National AAU 165-pound champion after defeating Atlanta's Terry Dobbs.

Professional boxing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Hagler was a # 1 ranked middleweight boxer for many years before he could fight for the title. Hagler struggled to find high profile opponents willing to face him in his early years. Joe Frazier told Hagler, 'You have three strikes against you, "You're black, you're a southpaw, and you're good.'[7] He often had to travel to his opponents' hometowns to get fights. His first break came when he was offered --on 2 weeks' notice-- a chance against Willie 'the Worm' Monroe, who was being trained by Frazier. Hagler lost the decision but the fight was close, so Monroe gave him a rematch. This time Hagler knocked out Monroe in 12 rounds. In a third fight, he stopped Monroe in two rounds. Boston promoter Rip Valenti took an interest in Hagler and began bringing in top ranked opponents for Marvin to face. 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. Number 1 ranked Mike Colbert was knocked out in the twelfth and also had his jaw broken by Hagler. Briton Kevin Finnegan was stopped in eight. Afterwards Finnegan required 40 stitches in his face.[8] He dropped a controversial decision to Bobby 'Boogaloo' Watts, but knocked out Watts in 2 rounds in a rematch. Hagler won a ten-round decision over 'Bad' Bennie Briscoe. By then, promoter Bob Arum took notice and signed him.

First title shot[edit]

In November 1979, Hagler fought World Middleweight Champion Vito Antuofermo at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. After fifteen rounds, most thought that Hagler had won. Referee Mills Lane directed Hagler to turn and face the television cameras. "Congratulations," he said. "Now stay facing this way until they announce the decision and I raise your arm." Hagler and many others were surprised when the decision was announced as a draw and Antuofermo retained his title. This only added to Hagler's frustrations. Hagler had the boxing skills and killer instinct to knock Vito out, but instead he played it safe and it cost him the title.[9]

World Champion[edit]

Antuofermo lost his title later to British boxer Alan Minter, who gave Hagler his second title shot. Hagler went to Wembley Arena to face Minter. The tense atmosphere was stoked further when Minter was quoted as saying that "No black man is going to take my title"[10]—Minter would later insist he meant "that black man".[11] Hagler took command and his slashing punches soon opened up the cut prone Minter. The referee halted the contest after 3 rounds. After 7 years and 50 fights, Hagler was now World Middleweight Champion. At the conclusion of this bout a riot broke out and Hagler and his trainers had to be carried away to their locker rooms by the police, in the middle of a rain of beer bottles and glasses.

Hagler proved a busy world champion. 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. Both matches were fought at the Boston Garden near Hagler's hometown, endearing him to Boston fight fans. Syrian born Mustafa Hamsho, who won his shot in an eliminator with Wilfredo Benitez 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. Michigan fighter William "Caveman" Lee lasted only one round, and in a rematch in Italy, Obelmejias lasted five rounds. British Champion (and mutual Alan Minter conqueror) Tony Sibson followed in Hagler's ever-growing list of unsuccessful challengers. Sibson provided one of the most entertaining (to this point) fights of Marvelous Marvin's career, but he ultimately fell short, lasting six rounds. Next, came Wilford Scypion, who only lasted four. By then, Hagler was a staple on HBO, the Pay Per View of its time.

Marvin Hagler vs Roberto Durán[edit]

A fight against Roberto Durán followed. Durán was the first challenger to last the distance with Hagler in a world-championship bout. Durán was the WBA Light Middleweight Champion and went up in weight to challenge for Hagler's middleweight crown. Hagler won a unanimous 15-round decision, although after 12 rounds two of the judges had Durán ahead in a tough contest. Hagler fought tenaciously over the final three rounds to earn a unanimous decision.

More title defenses[edit]

Then came Juan Roldán of Argentina, who became the only man to be credited with a knockdown of Hagler, scoring one knockdown seconds into the fight. Hagler protested bitterly that he had been pulled/pushed to the canvas and HBO replay clearly showed that he had indeed been pulled down. Hagler took his revenge though, brutalizing Roldan over ten rounds and stopping him in the middle of round ten. Sugar Ray Leonard was calling the fight ringside with HBO analyst Barry Tompkins. He noted to Tompkins between rounds that Hagler looked older and slower. "Marvin might finally be slowing down, Barry" Leonard remarked. Many people believe this is the fight that gave Sugar Ray Leonard the idea that he could actually win a fight with the aging Hagler. Hamsho was given a rematch, but the Syrian was again TKO'd, this time in only three rounds. Hamsho angered Hagler with a trio of intentional headbutts in the second round and a fourth early in the third, goading the normally patient and cautious Hagler into a full-out attack that left Hamsho battered and defensless in a matter of seconds.

The War[edit]

On April 15, 1985, Hagler and Thomas Hearns met in what was billed as The Fight; later it would become known as "The War." Hagler, despite a cut to the head and being covered in blood, managed to overpower Hearns in the third round after a glancing right hand followed by two more rights and a left, scoring a decisive knockout. The first round of Hagler vs, Hearns is often considered to be among the best three minutes in boxing in middleweight history as the two fighters stood toe-to-toe trading blows. Rounds two and three couldn't live up to the first, as Hearns broke his hand in the first round, but were still very competitive. The fight only lasted eight minutes but it is rightly regarded as a classic and is considered to this day to be Hagler's greatest achievement. The fight was named "Fight of the Year" by The Ring.

Hagler vs Mugabi[edit]

Next was Olympic silver medalist John Mugabi of Uganda, who was 26–0 with 26 knockouts and was ranked the number one contender by all three major bodies. The fight was fought on March 10, 1986 as Hagler had hurt his back and could not fight on the first date booked in 1985. Hagler stopped Mugabi in the 11th round of a brutal fight. Many ringside observers, including analyst Gil Clancy, noticed that Hagler was showing signs of advanced ring wear and age. He was much slower of hand and foot and seemed much easier to hit. He had also completely morphed his ring style from a slick, quick-fisted, boxer/puncher to a strictly flat-footed, stalking, slugger to compensate for his loss of speed and reflexes. Hagler was now said to be seriously considering retirement.[12] Hagler's promoter Bob Arum was quoted as saying he was expecting Hagler to retire in the face of being challenged by Sugar Ray Leonard.

Marvin Hagler vs Sugar Ray Leonard[edit]

The Super Fight[edit]

Hagler's next challenger was Sugar Ray Leonard, who was returning to the ring after a three-year retirement (having just 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 24x24ft ring, 12oz gloves and the fight was to be over 12—not 15—rounds. Leonard was 2 years younger, had half as many fights, and unbeknownst to Hagler, had engaged in several 'real' fights behind closed doors (i.e. gloves, rounds, a referee, judges and no head gear) in order to shake off his ring rust. The fight took place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on April 6, 1987. Hagler was the betting favorite.

Hagler, a natural southpaw, opened the fight boxing out of an orthodox stance. After the quick and slick Leonard won the first two rounds on all three scorecards, Hagler started the third round as a southpaw. Hagler did better, though Leonard's superior speed and boxing skill kept him in the fight. But by the fifth, Leonard, who was moving a lot, began to tire and Hagler started to get closer. As he tired Leonard began to clinch with more frequency (in total referee Richard Steele gave him over 30 warnings for holding, although never deducted a point). Hagler buckled Leonard's knees with a right uppercut near the end of the round, which finished with Leonard on the ropes. Hagler continued to score effectively in round six. Leonard, having slowed down, was obliged to fight more and run less. In rounds seven and eight, Hagler's southpaw jab was landing solidly and Leonard's counter flurries were less frequent. Round nine was the most exciting round of the fight. Hagler hurt Leonard with a left cross and pinned him in a corner. Leonard was in trouble, then furiously tried to fight his way out of the corner. The action see-sawed back and forth for the rest of the round, with each man having his moments. Round ten was tame by comparison, as the pace slowed after the furious action of the previous round. Clearly tiring, Leonard boxed well in the eleventh. Every time Hagler scored, Leonard came back with something flashier, if not as effective. In the final round, Hagler continued to chase Leonard. He hit Leonard with a big left hand and backed him into a corner. Leonard responded with a flurry and danced away with Hagler in pursuit. The fight ended with Hagler and Leonard exchanging along the ropes. Hagler began dancing in celebration of his performance while Leonard alternately collapsed to the canvas and raised both his arms in triumph.[13] Leonard threw 629 punches and landed 306, while Hagler threw 792 and landed 291.[14]

Hagler later said that, as the fighters embraced in the ring after the fight, Leonard said to him, "You beat me man". "He said I beat him," Hagler said after the fight, "and I was so happy". Leonard denied making the statement claiming he only told Hagler, "You're a great champion".

Leonard was announced as winner by split decision, which remains hotly disputed to this day.

Reaction[edit]

Official ringside judge JoJo Guerra, whose 118–110 scorecard was derided in many quarters, commented that:

Judge Dave Moretti, who scored it 115–113 for Leonard:

Lou Filippo, who scored it 115–113 for Hagler and felt that Hagler's bodyshots and aggression earned him the nod, said:

Hugh McIlvanney, commenting in the British Sunday Times and Sports Illustrated:

McIlvanny also referred to Budd Schulberg's contention about a 'compound optical illusion', namely that simply being more competitive than expected meant that Leonard appeared more effective and to be doing more than he actually was.[19] Harry Gibbs, the British judge who ironically had been rejected by the Hagler camp, said he also scored it for Hagler.

Jim Murray, long-time sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times felt that Leonard deservedly got the decision, arguing that Leonard landed more punches and showed better defense and ring generalship, and writing:

The scorecards from the ringside press attest to the closeness of the fight (6–5, 3 drawn) more pundits awarded the fight to Leonard rather than to Hagler, although counting those who scored it even, more felt Hagler deserved to keep his title than didn't:

  • Associated Press: 117–112 Hagler
  • New York Daily News: 117–111 Leonard
  • New York Times: 114–114
  • New York Post: 114–114
  • Newsday: 115–114 Hagler
  • Chicago Sun-Times: 115–114 Hagler
  • Chicago Tribune: 7–5 Hagler
  • Houston Chronicle: 115–114 Leonard
  • Washington Post: 114–114
  • Boston Globe: 117–111 Leonard
  • Boston Herald 116–113 Leonard
  • Baltimore Sun: 7–5 Leonard
  • Oakland Tribune: 117–112 Leonard
  • San Jose Mercury-News: 116–115 Hagler

Rematch[edit]

Hagler requested a rematch but Leonard chose to retire again (the third of five high profile retirements announced by Leonard), having said he would do so beforehand.[21][22] In 1990 Leonard finally offered him a rematch which reportedly would have earned him $15m, but he declined. By then he had settled down to a new life as an actor in Italy and was now uninterested in boxing.[23][24] He said "A while ago, yeah, I wanted him so bad, but I'm over that.[23] At the 1994 Consumer Electronics Show Hagler and Leonard had a mock rematch by playing against each other in the video game Boxing Legends of the Ring, and claimed that an actual rematch was being planned.[25]

Training style[edit]

Hagler had a unique training regimen in which he would hole up on Cape Cod in motels that had closed for the winter. For his "road work" he would take to the pavement in army boots, declaring running shoes "sissy shoes." He would run much of his route backwards to prepare for movements in the boxing ring.

Career after boxing[edit]

After the loss to Leonard, Hagler moved to Italy, where he became a well-known star of action films. His roles include a US Marine in the films Indio (it) and Indio 2. In 1996, he starred alongside Giselle Blondet in Virtual Weapon (it). Hagler does boxing commentary for British television. Another foray into the entertainment field includes work in the video game Fight Night: Round 3.

Former middleweight southpaw boxer Robbie Sims is Hagler's half brother. Hagler has five children with his first wife, Bertha, including Charelle, Celeste, James, Marvin, Jr., and Gentry.[26] Although he owns a home in Bartlett, New Hampshire, Hagler currently lives in Milan.[27] In May 2000, he married his second wife Kay, an Italian woman, in Pioltello, Italy.[28]

Professional boxing record[edit]

62 Wins (52 knockouts, 9 decisions, 1 disqualification), 3 Losses (3 decisions), 2 Draws[29]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 62–3–2 United States Sugar Ray Leonard SD 12 1987-04-06 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost WBC & The Ring Middleweight titles.
The Ring magazine's "Fight of the Year" (1987)
Win 62–2–2 Uganda John Mugabi KO 11 (12), 1:29 1986-03-10 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBC, WBA, IBF & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win 61–2–2 United States Thomas Hearns TKO 3 (12), 1:52 1985-04-15 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBC, WBA, IBF & The Ring Middleweight titles.
The Ring magazine's "Fight of the Year" (1985)
Win 60–2–2 Syria Mustafa Hamsho TKO 3 (15), 2:31 1984-10-19 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Retained WBC, WBA, IBF & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win 59–2–2 Argentina Juan Roldán TKO 10 (12), 0:39 1984-03-30 United States The Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBC, WBA, IBF & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win 58–2–2 Panama Roberto Durán UD 15 1983-11-10 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBC, WBA, IBF & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win 57–2–2 United States Wilford Scypion KO 4 (15), 2:47 1983-05-27 United States Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island Retained The Ring & won vacant IBF Middleweight titles.
Win 56–2–2 United Kingdom Tony Sibson TKO 6 (15), 2:40 1983-02-11 United States Centrum, Worcester, Massachusetts Retained WBC, WBA & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win 55–2–2 Venezuela Fulgencio Obelmejias TKO 5 (15), 2:35 1982-10-30 Italy Teatro Ariston, San Remo, Liguria Retained WBC, WBA & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win 54–2–2 United States William Lee TKO 1 (15), 1:07 1982-03-07 United States Bally's Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained WBC, WBA & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win 54–2–2 Syria Mustafa Hamsho TKO 11 (15), 2:09 1981-10-03 United States Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, Illinois Retained WBC, WBA & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win 53–2–2 Italy Vito Antuofermo RTD 4 (15) 1981-06-13 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts Retained WBC, WBA & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win 52–2–2 Venezuela Fulgencio Obelmejias TKO 8 (15), 0:20 1981-01-17 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts Retained WBC, WBA & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win 51–2–2 United Kingdom Alan Minter TKO 3 (15), 1:45 1980-09-27 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, Wembley, London Won WBC, WBA & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win 50–2–2 Mexico Marcos Geraldo UD 10 1980-05-17 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 49–2–2 United States Bobby Watts TKO 2 (10) 1980-04-19 United States Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, Maine
Win 48–2–2 Algeria Loucif Hamani KO 2 (10), 1:42 1980-02-16 United States Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, Maine
Draw 47–2–2 Italy Vito Antuofermo PTS 15 1979-11-30 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada For WBC, WBA & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win 46–2–1 Argentina Norberto Rufino Cabrera RTD 8 (10) 1979-06-30 Monaco Esplanade de Fontvieille, Monte Carlo
Win 45–2–1 United States Jamie Thomas TKO 3 (10) 1979-05-26 United States Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, Maine
Win 44–2–1 United States Bob Patterson TKO 3 (10) 1979-03-12 United States Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island
Win 43–2–1 United States Sugar Ray Seales TKO 1 (10), 1:26 1979-02-03 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 42–2–1 United States Willie Warren TKO 7 (10) 1978-11-11 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 41–2–1 United States Bennie Briscoe UD 10 1978-08-24 United States The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 40–2–1 United Kingdom Kevin Finnegan TKO 7 (10) 1978-05-13 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 39–2–1 United States Doug Demmings TKO 8 (10) 1978-04-07 United States Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Win 38–2–1 United Kingdom Kevin Finnegan TKO 9 (10) 1978-03-04 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 37–2–1 United States Mike Colbert TKO 12 (15) 1977-11-26 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts Won vacant Massachusetts Middleweight title.
Win 36–2–1 Canada Jim Henry UD 10) 1977-10-15 United States Marvel Gymnasium, Providence, Rhode Island
Win 35–2–1 United States Ray Phillips TKO 7 (10), 1:11) 1977-09-24 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 34–2–1 United States Willie Monroe TKO 2 (10), 1:46) 1977-08-23 United States The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Won vacant North American Middleweight title.
Win 33–2–1 United States Roy Jones TKO 3 (10), 2:10) 1977-06-10 United States Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, Connecticut
Win 32–2–1 Guyana Reggie Ford KO 3 (10), 2:14) 1977-03-16 United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 31–2–1 United States Willie Monroe TKO 12 (12), 1:20) 1977-02-15 United States Hynes Auditorium, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 30–2–1 United States George Davis TKO 6 (10), 2:56) 1976-12-21 United States Hynes Auditorium, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 29–2–1 United States Eugene Hart RTD 8 (10) 1976-09-14 United States The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 28–2–1 United States DC Walker TKO 6 (10) 1976-08-03 United States Arena, North Providence, Rhode Island
Win 27–2–1 United States Bob Smith TKO 5 (10), 2:05 1976-06-02 United States Roseland Ballroom, Taunton, Massachusetts
Loss 26–2–1 United States Willie Monroe UD 10 1976-03-09 United States The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 26–1–1 United States Matt Donovan TKO 2 (10), 2:40 1976-02-07 United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Loss 25–1–1 United States Bobby Watts MD 10 1976-01-13 United States The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 25–0–1 United States Johnny Baldwin UD 10 1975-12-20 United States Hynes Auditorium, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 24–0–1 United States Lamont Lovelady TKO 7 (10) 1975-09-30 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 23–0–1 United States Jesse Bender KO 1 (10), 1:38 1975-08-07 United States Exposition Building, Portland, Maine
Win 22–0–1 United States Jimmy Owens DQ 6 (10) 1975-05-24 United States Brockton High School Gymnasium, Brockton, Massachusetts
Win 21–0–1 United States Jimmy Owens SD 10 1975-04-14 United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 20–0–1 United States Joey Blair KO 2 (10), 2:22 1975-03-31 United States Harvard Club of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 19–0–1 United States Dornell Wigfall KO 6 (10), 1:25 1975-02-15 United States Brockton High School Gymnasium, Brockton, Massachusetts
Win 18–0–1 United States DC Walker TKO 2 (10) 1974-12-20 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Draw 17–0–1 United States Sugar Ray Seales PTS 10 1974-11-26 United States Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington
Win 17–0 United States George Green KO 1 (10), 0:30 1974-11-16 United States Brockton, Massachusetts
Win 16–0 United States Morris Jordan TKO 4 (10), 2:20 1974-10-29 United States Brockton High School Gymnasium, Brockton, Massachusetts
Win 15–0 United States Sugar Ray Seales UD 10 1974-08-30 United States WNAC-TV Studio, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 14–0 United States Peachy Davis KO 1 (10), 1:00 1974-08-13 United States Sargent Field, New Bedford, Massachusetts
Win 13–0 United States Bobby Williams TKO 3 (10) 1974-07-16 United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 12–0 United States Curtis Phillips TKO 5 (10) 1974-05-30 United States Exposition Building, Portland, Maine
Win 11–0 United States James Redford TKO 2 (10) 1974-05-04 United States Brockton High School Gymnasium, Brockton, Massachusetts
Win 10–0 United States Tracy Morrison TKO 8 (10) 1974-04-05 United States WNAC-TV Studio, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 9–0 United States Bob Harrington KO 5 (10) 1974-02-05 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 8–0 United States James Redford KO 4 (8) 1973-12-18 United States Boston, Massachusetts
Win 7–0 United States Manny Freitas TKO 1 (8), 1:33 1973-12-06 United States Exposition Building, Portland, Maine
Win 6–0 United States Cocoa Kid KO 2 (8) 1973-11-17 United States Brockton, Massachusetts
Win 5–0 United States Cove Green TKO 4 (8) 1973-10-26 United States Brockton High School Gymnasium, Brockton, Massachusetts
Win 4–0 United States Dornell Wigfall PTS 8 1973-10-06 United States Brockton High School Gymnasium, Brockton, Massachusetts
Win 3–0 United States Muhammed Smith KO 2 (6) 1973-08-08 United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 2–0 United States Sonny Williams UD 6 1973-07-25 United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 1–0 United States Terry Ryan KO 2 (4) 1973-05-18 United States Brockton High School Gymnasium, Brockton, Massachusetts Professional Debut

Boxing titles[edit]

Major World Titles:

The Ring/Lineal Championship Titles:

Regional/International Titles:

Awards and recognitions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Alan Minter
WBA Middleweight Champion
September 27, 1980 – March 10, 1987
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Sumbu Kalambay
WBC Middleweight Champion
The Ring Middleweight Champion

September 27, 1980 – April 6, 1987
Succeeded by
Sugar Ray Leonard
Inaugural Champion IBF Middleweight Champion
May 27, 1983 – April 6, 1987
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Frank Tate
Vacant
Title last held by
Alan Minter
World Middleweight Champion
May 27, 1983 – April 6, 1987
Titles fractured
Vacant
Title next held by
Bernard Hopkins
Awards
Preceded by
Larry Holmes
Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
1983
Succeeded by
Thomas Hearns
Preceded by
Aaron Pryor
BWAA Fighter of the Year
1983
Succeeded by
Thomas Hearns
Preceded by
Thomas Hearns
Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
Shared award with Donald Curry

1985
Succeeded by
Mike Tyson
Preceded by
Thomas Hearns
BWAA Fighter of the Year
1985
Succeeded by
Mike Tyson