Duan and GG host the sixth Fabulous Four podcast which focuses on Hagler vs Hearns.
This is supplemental material to our podcast series The Fabulous Four. Our sixth episode, up tomorrow, discusses this fight in heavy detail.
April 15, 1985
Marvin Hagler: 60-2-2 with 47 KOs, undisputed Middleweight champion
Thomas Hearns: 40-1 with 32 KOs, WBC Light Middleweight champion
Duan: Tommy enters first. A much more serious look to him than throughout the build up. A little tense, not nervous necessarily, but certainly business like. You get the sense he’s feeling the occasion. The crowd is respectful of him but a little muted. The response to Hagler is much stronger but also more mixed. Marvin is majorly hyped coming out of the dressing room. You cant even see his face with the hood down over his eyes but you can read from his motion alone that he’s ready to explode. Tommy was the guy talking up an early finish, but when you compare both men in the prefight, Marvin is the one who seems to have gameplanned for it. He’s totally warmed up and ready for a fast start. Continue reading
What were the top stories last week?
When you look back at Marvin Hagler’s career, the early narrative was about how underrated he was. Boxing insiders who followed closely knew he was the goods, but he didn’t have a high following. Sugar Ray Leonard knew how good he was. And then, at some point in the early 80s, he was ranked fairly as one of the best boxers in the world. All it took was a decision victory against the legendary Roberto Duran for people to think he was all of a sudden now overrated. Rather than see it as Duran putting on one of the best performances of his career, most writers saw it as Hagler slowing down.
It didn’t help that Juan Roldan caught him with a punch and put him down in his very next fight. That just gave the folks who thought he was losing a step more ammunition.
Thomas Hearns was just coming off his own victory over Duran, but his was in devastating fashion. With both guys headed on a collision course, you could see how many people thought that Hearns was in his prime and Hagler may be on the other side of it.
Hearns wanted Hagler next, but Hagler had another title defense against Mustafa Hamsho upcoming. Hagler beat Hamsho three years prior. Hearns took on Fred Hutchings in the mean time. Hagler said after he disposed of Hamsho, he and Hearns would get it on. This is the subject of our next Fabulous Four Podcast. Continue reading