1984-09-15 Thomas Hearns w rsc 3 (12) Fred Hutchings, Civic Centre, Saginaw, Michigan, USA - WBC
1984-09-15 Thomas Hearns w rsc 3 (12) Fred Hutchings, Civic Centre, Saginaw, Michigan, USA - WBC. Referee: Arthur Mercante. Standing 6’2”, an inch taller than the champion, Hutchings (153¾) gave it his best shot but was simply outgunned by a man at the top of the tree. Coming out with the left jab, looking to find a way inside, Hutchings was nailed by countering left hooks and solid rights as Hearns (154) got into gear, being dropped twice before the first round was over. Although Hutchings made a fair fist of it in the second, despite being hurt, it was already clear that he was not going to be around much longer, and when Hearns started to throw punches from both hands without respite the referee stepped in with four seconds of the third session remaining. In no fit state to continue, Hutchings was damaged inside the mouth and had swellings and cuts around both eyes.
Hearns’ next fight would be against Marvin Hagler for the latter’s world middleweight title at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas on 15 April 1985, but following a third-round stoppage defeat he was out of the ring for close on a year to allow his injured right hand enough time to heal.
Back in action, Hearns beat James Shuler for the NABF title on 10 March 1986 before declaring that he was ready to defend against Mark Medal, a man who had fought just once since March 1984. Sadly, Shuler was killed a week after fighting Hearns when he crashed his motorcycle.