1983-11-10 Marvin Hagler w pts 15 Roberto Duran, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WORLD

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1983-11-10 Marvin Hagler w pts 15 Roberto Duran, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WORLD. Referee: Stan Christodoulou. Scorecards: 144-142, 146-145, 144-143. Having moved up through the weights the WBA junior middleweight champion, Duran (156½), stepped up one more division for a crack at Hagler (157½). At the end of the 13th, with the judges having Duran slightly ahead on the cards it was only due to Hagler’s driving finish over the last three sessions that he ultimately took the decision. Bleeding from a cut around a badly swollen left eye, Hagler was given his toughest contest despite Duran damaging his right hand in the fifth. It was Duran’s speed and movement that gave Hagler his biggest problems, and consequently he found the lighter man a difficult target to hit until both were tiring in the latter stages. There were no knockdowns. Afterwards, while Hagler stated that if there had been one more round he would have knocked Duran out, the latter responded by saying that he considered Sugar Ray Leonard to be a better fighter than the champion.

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