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@121 What don't you understand about retirement ? please google it, it is irrelevant what Leonard requested or his position , Hagler had retired , had not trained...amen, try to understand. He was asked many times...he had retired from boxing !!!!...What did you expect, a pillow fight ..a staring contest ?
Very good piece by Costello. Thanks.
Re,82 coming forward doesn't make you win fights, you have to land punches, Leonard had to much wit and was far superior boxer to Marvin even tho Ray was a much smaller man
Regardless of the result i know where my money would be if they were trapped in a small room. Sugar Ray wouldn't be a pretty boy anymore.
Sugar won this fight 6 rounds to 3 with 3 rounds drawn, all you hagler supporters need to realise you need to land punches to win, whether your a champion or not
@119 erm, you mean like Leonard agreeing to fight Hagler in 1987, having been retired for - what was it again? Oh yes, that's right - 3 years. Plus Leonard had only fought once in 5 years.
If the result ended in a draw or Hagler win I feel we wouldn't be having the discussion about the result 30 years on.
@117 Yes that's correct , Hagler having retired 3 years earlier "declined"..what a shock that was..to you.
It was a special occasion but the fight itself was not a great one. Leonard's eye injury in 1981 robbed us of the chance to see these 2 fight each other at their respective peaks. Hard to see any way that Leonard could have withstood the pre-1986 Hagler but we'll never know. Sugar Ray also got a very lucky draw in the rematch v Hearns--he was well beat that night and knocked down twice.
80. Spudgun67 - "universally known" - see my previous comment: there has never been anything in the rules of scoring a fight to say that judges must favour the champion; "robbed" - see my previous comment: Roy Jones was robbed in the Olympics - Hagler just lost a close decision; "he also knew Hagler would have killed him in a rematch" - Leonard offered Hagler a rematch in 1990 - Halgler declined.
ray leonard boxing genius.with ray robinson.roy jones jr best three of all time.
Probably 12 + great middleweights at the time , makes today look pathetic. I think Hagler fought a draw with Antuofermo (spelling ? ) and Minter beat him..that confused me at the time. Hearns had a terrific career and these days would have been top man, Hagler was a beast like John Mugabi...roughhouse and anything was fair to them, Leonard/Hearns were technically gifted.
81. Tasty Grill : "the challenger has to beat the champion" - nowhere in the rules of scoring a fight does it say that. Judges have to score a fight round by round.
101. Tambotambo - to claim that Hagler was "robbed" is nonsense. Sure, it was a close fight, but KO magazine at the time scored it 117-111 to Leonard, and when The 13th Round revisited it 5 years ago most of their judges scored it for Leonard (see: http://www.the13thround.com/ttround/fitem.php?recordID=16). Roy Jones Junior in the 1988 Olympic final was "robbed" - Hagler just lost a close one.
Amused by those peremptorily making it a Hacker win and forget that SRL did another impossible thing, bemused Duran say "non mas. Respect to the great Mac but Leonard just too shrewd ( his hardest fights were Hearns & brilliant Wilfredo Benitez.
@109 Yes, watched Hagler- Hearns many many times...actually going to watch it again tonight. I thought at the time Leonard-Hagler was a draw, but very difficult to judge that fight.
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