Former boxing champion ‘Marvelous’ Marvin Hagler dies at the age of 66

“I’m sorry to make a very sad announcement,” his wife wrote on Facebook. “Unfortunately, today my beloved husband Marvelous Marvin passed away unexpectedly at his home here in New Hampshire. Our family ask you to respect our privacy at this difficult time. With love.”

Hagler became the undisputed middleweight champion in 1980. He famously defended his title against Tommy Hearns in 1985 in one brutal three-round fight billed as “The War”.

After 12 successful title defenses, the boxing icon’s career and tenure as champion in 1987 ended with a controversial 12-round loss to “Sugar” Ray Leonard. He announced his official resignation the following year and moved to Italy where he became an actor in action films.

During his professional boxing career, Hagler scored 62 wins, 3 losses and 2 draws, 52 wins by knockout. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993.

Many in the boxing community mourned Hagler and respected the man who dominated the middleweight division for nearly a decade.

Former boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya said“It is sad to hear of the death of the wonderful Marvin Hagler. One of the greatest to have ever stepped into the ring!”
Boxing promoter Bob Arum said von Hagler: “He was a man of honor and a man of his word, and he appeared in the ring with unparalleled determination. He was a true athlete and a true man. I will miss him very much.”

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