1984-10-19 Marvin Hagler w rsc 3 (15) Mustafa Hamsho, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1984-10-19 Marvin Hagler w rsc 3 (15) Mustafa Hamsho, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Arthur Mercante. Given another opportunity to take on the champion, Hamsho (159½) immediately went on the attack to take his fellow southpaw out of his stride but by the end of the opening round he was already cut over the left eye and up against it. This time, angry that Hamsho was using foul tactics and not being warned, Hagler (159½) had decided to meet fire with fire and in the second he caught his onrushing opponent with right hook counters that stunned the 31-year-old Syrian and set him up for the finish. Finally, Hamsho was warned for butting in the third, but by now Hagler’s fists were doing the talking. Smashed to the floor by solid right hooks, Hamsho beat the count only to be smashed to the canvas again by a cracking right hook, whereupon the referee immediately called it off on the 2.31 mark.
Although the WBC had supported Hagler as the champion even though he had refused to defend his title over 12 rounds, immediately following the fight they decided to vacate the title. However, a deal was eventually brokered in December after Hagler agreed to promised to abide by their ruling when defending the title and he was reinstated as champion forthwith.