Black History Month: Celebrating Black Fighters

Marvin Hagler

Hagler - AP Photos

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“Marvelous” Marvin Hagler (62-3-2, 52 KOs) was the undisputed Middleweight Champion from 1980 to 1987. He was named Fighter of the Decade (of the 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 3rd greatest middleweight of all time and in 2002 they named him the 17th-greatest fighter of the past 80 years.

Hagler struggled to find high profile opponents willing to face him in his early years, to which Joe Frazier famously said, “You have three strikes against you, you’re black, you’re a southpaw and you’re good.”

Hagler is remembered for fights against the likes of Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard, but no fight was more exciting than “The War” versus Thomas Hearns. Hagler won the fight by TKO in Round 3.

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