1986-03-10 Marvin Hagler w co 11 (12) John Mugabi, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WORLD
1986-03-10 Marvin Hagler w co 11 (12) John Mugabi, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WORLD. Referee: Mills Lane. Up against a man who had either stopped or knocked out all of his 25 opponents to date, this turned into another epic fight for Hagler (159½) in defence of his title. Both men started well, sending in plenty of hard punches, and in the fourth Mugabi (157) landed the heaviest punches of the fight at that stage when shaking Hagler up with two tremendous right hooks. Although Hagler looked to be getting on top in the fifth, the sixth saw an all-out war with ferocious blows going in and both men looking stunned at times. After going flat out, Hagler was then penalised a point in the seventh for a low blow before his right eye began to rapidly close in the ninth. With there now being no more time for Hagler to stick to his boxing he tore into Mugabi in the tenth, only really hurting him at the end of the session, prior to picking it up again in the 11th. As Mugabi weakened badly Hagler took his chance, and following a battery of punches a long southpaw right to the head dropped the challenger for the full count, timed at 1.29.
Hagler forfeited WBA recognition in February 1987 for failing to meet Herol Graham within the stipulated period and subsequently signing for a defence against Sugar Ray Leonard. Following that, Sumbu Kalambay and Iran Barkley were matched to find a successor.