1981-09-16 Sugar Ray Leonard w rsc 14 (15) Thomas Hearns, Caesar’s Palace Omnimax, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WORLD

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1981-09-16 Sugar Ray Leonard w rsc 14 (15) Thomas Hearns, Caesar’s Palace Omnimax, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WORLD. Referee: Davy Pearl. In a battle to unify the title, Leonard (146) ultimately proved to be the superior man when stopping Hearns (145) at 1.45 of the 14th round after being behind on all three cards. Billed as 'The Super Fight', Leonard fought from the third with a swollen left eye that obscured his vision, but after being on the end of Hearns’ long punches he eventually came into the contest in the sixth when almost putting the latter down. The seventh was a big one for Leonard as he let the punches go, and he continued to stalk his man for the next three sessions without doing too much. After being held at bay in the 12th, when Hearns jabbed and crossed him throughout, Leonard opened up again in the 13th, pouring punches in to enforce a count over the WBA champion before the bell rang to end the round. Although Hearns made one last defiant stand in the 14th he was clearly spent, the referee coming to his aid following a six-punch burst that left him defenceless.

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