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Undisputed middleweight champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler passes away ‘unexpectedly’ aged 66 

BREAKING NEWS: Former undisputed middleweight champion ‘Marvelous’ Marvin Hagler passes away ‘unexpectedly at his dwelling’ aged 66

  • Marvelous Marvin Hagler handed away in his New Hampshire dwelling aged 66 
  • Hagler held boxing’s middleweight championship title between 1980 and 1987
  • He was the Nineteen Eighties Fighter of the Decade and was inducted into the Hall of Fame 
  • His spouse Kay introduced his dying on Saturday, claiming it was ‘sudden’
  • Members of the boxing neighborhood have paid tribute to Hagler’s life and career

Boxing was in mourning on Saturday evening after the shock early dying of 1 its all-time greats, Marvin Hagler, at simply 66.

The American boxer – born in Newark, New Jersey – dominated boxing’s middleweight scene, which he was champion of between 1980 and 1987.  

He was additionally named because the Fighter of the Decade for the Nineteen Eighties by Boxing Illustrated journal and gained the Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year award twice. 

The man who was floored formally solely as soon as in his unbelievable brutal career ­– and that was really a slip – lastly took the depend. 

Undisputed boxing champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler has handed away on the age of 66

Hagler's wife, Kay (left), announced her husband's passing on social media on Saturday

Hagler’s spouse, Kay (left), introduced her husband’s passing on social media on Saturday

The retro Hagler, who turned professional in 1973 out of Brockton, Massachusetts, took seven years to earn his first middleweight title crack after virtually beating everybody in his path. 

He needed to accept a controversial draw towards Vito Antuofermo in that first crack however primarily ruined Antuofermo who lost his title in his subsequent defence to Alan Minter.

Hagler then challenged Minter and on an evening of pure hate at Wembley Arena lower up the Crawley southpaw in three rounds earlier than having to run for his life to the dressing room whereas a racist crowd rained bottles on him. It summed up Hagler’s career. He needed to do every part the exhausting method.

But now that he had lastly gained the title, there was no method he was going to lose it and not using a combat. Hagler duly destroyed an entire new era of challengers within the Nineteen Eighties, together with Britain’s Tony Sibson. He merely cleaned up the division.

Hagler was the middleweight champion between 1980 and 1987 - he defended his title 12 times

Hagler was the middleweight champion between 1980 and 1987 – he defended his title 12 instances

If it was a bit brash that he formally modified his identify to Marvelous Marvin Hagler in 1982, who might begrudge him in any case he had been by means of.

Joe Frazier instructed him in Philadelphia within the Nineteen Seventies that he had three strikes towards him… he was good, he was a southpaw, and he was black.

In 1986 got here Hagler’s best hour when slugged it out with Thomas Hearns in one of many best fights of all time. He walked proper by means of Hearns in three savage rounds.

Hagler (right) lost his middleweight crown in 1987 to Sugar Ray Leonard (left) in Nevada

Hagler (proper) lost his middleweight crown in 1987 to Sugar Ray Leonard (left) in Nevada

He lastly lost his crown in 1987 when Sugar Ray Leonard outsmarted a pale Hagler over 12 rounds.

His spouse Kay Hagler wrote on social media yesterday: ‘I’m sorry to make a really unhappy announcement. Today sadly my beloved husband Marvelous Marvin handed away unexpectedly at his dwelling right here in New Hampshire. 

‘Our household requests that you just respect our privateness throughout this tough time.’

The nice man has earned his relaxation.

Former WBA and lineal featherweight world champion Barry McGuigan mentioned on Twitter: ‘Shocked and deeply saddened to listen to of the passing of the unbelievable Marvellous Marvin Hagler.

Members of the boxing community paid tribute to Hagler after his death was announced

Members of the boxing neighborhood paid tribute to Hagler after his dying was introduced

‘I’m honoured to have spent some superb instances with him. My heartfelt sympathies to his spouse Kay and his household. Rest in Peace Champ.’

Promoter Frank Warren claimed boxing lost ‘an all-time nice’ whereas Eddie Hearn introduced that ring announcer Michael Buffer will lead a ten-bell tribute on the rematch between Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez II on Saturday. 

Buffer himself tweeted: ‘I’m crushed on the information that MARVELOUS MARVIN HAGLER has handed away! He was-in his prime-POUND4POUND-the greatest, going 11yrs in 38 fights w/o defeat! He dominated the MW division 4 a decade! 62 wins/52KOs-3 losses R.I.P. 4EVER CHAMPION-4EVER REMEMBERED’. 

World champion boxing coach Dave Coldwell added: ‘Gutted to listen to of the passing of Marvellous Marvin Hagler.

‘One of the hardest, and greatest fighters in one of many best eras in boxing historical past. Hagler together with Leonard, Hearns & Duran – the Real Four Kings.’

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