Boxing: ‘Marvelous’ Middleweight Legend Marvin Hagler Dies
“I’m sorry to bring you such sad news. Today, unfortunately, my beloved + Marvelous + Marvin husband unexpectedly passed away at his home here in New Hampshire,” his wife, Kay G. Hagler, in a post posted on her late husband’s Facebook page.
Extremely formidable fighter, warrior’s gaze under his bald head, Hagler was an undisputed champion in the middleweight from 1980 to 1987, offering fans memorable fights, notably against Thomas Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard and the Panamanian Roberto Duran.
During his unchallenged reign, he retained the WBA, WBC and IBF titles by twelve consecutive victorious defenses, which was the second longest unifying reign in boxing history.
His aggressive and powerful boxing made him an outstanding finisher. Of his 62 victories in 67 professional fights, 52 were by knockout. He also conceded two draws and three losses.
Born on May 23, 1954 in Newark, New Jersey, Marvin Nathaniel Hagler, whose real name was, took a long time to reach the heights. He started his career in 1973 and won the WBA and WBC middleweight titles seven years later at the expense of England’s Alan Minter.
Inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993, the one who one day warned: “If you open my bald head, you will find a big boxing glove”, then tried a career in the boxing industry. cinema, with much less prominent roles in B or Z series, like “Virtual Weapon” alongside Terence Hill, ex-star of “spaghetti westerns”.
Father of five children, from a first marriage, he left to live for a time in Italy, in the early 2000s, where he married for a second time with Kay.