1984-10-19 Marvin Hagler w rsc 3 (15) Mustafa Hamsho, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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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 meet the champion, Hamsho (159½) immediately went on the attack to take his fellow southpaw out of his stride. However, 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) caught his onrushing opponent with right hook counters in the second 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 another 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. When a deal was eventually brokered in December after Hagler agreed to abide by their ruling he was reinstated as champion forthwith.