Alan Minter vs. Marvin Hagler

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1980-09-27 : Marvin Hagler 160 lbs beat Alan Minter 159¾ lbs by TKO at 1:45 in round 3 of 15


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  • Minter was a slight betting favorite.
  • There was a sellout crowd of 12,000.
  • The bout was stopped due to cuts around Minter's eyes. The worst wound was a gash over his left eye, which Hagler opened in the first round. Minter had 15 stitches inserted in four cuts after the fight.
  • Minter's corner had no complaints, but the crowd went berserk. Beer cans and bottles rained into the ring, and the fighters and officials were forced to flee the ring.
  • The British Boxing Board of Control promised an inquiry, and the Britsh Minister of Sport denounced the incident as a "disgrace."
  • British promoter Mickey Duff apologized to Hagler "for everyone in boxing in this country."
  • Sports Illustrated reported: "Much of the ugliness at Wembley could be laid directly at the feet of Minter. In front of too many people with notebooks, the champion had announced in early September, 'I am not letting any black man take the title from me.' He claimed to have been angered by Hagler's alleged refusal to shake hands as the two were introduced in the ring in Las Vegas last November when Hagler fought a controversial draw with then-champion Vito Antuofermo. Kevin Finnegan, a former European middleweight champion, said he had gotten the same treatment from Hagler at that fight, accompanied by the memorable words, 'I don't touch white flesh.' In subsequent days, though, some fence-mending was done. Minter decided that what he actually said was 'that black man,' and Hagler, nattily outfitted in a three-piece pinstripe suit, presented himself to the British press and told reporters that his non-handshaking was non-racial: he never shakes hands with a fighter he might meet in the ring one day."
  • When Hagler returned home to Brockton, Massachusetts, he was presented the key to the city before a crowd of 10,000 at city hall. During the ceremony, Hagler referred ruefully to the fact he had no championship belt to wear, saying the riot in England had forced officials to cancel the presentation.

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Preceded by:
Minter vs. Antuofermo II
WBA Middleweight Title Fight
# 40
WBC Middleweight Title Fight
# 40
Succeeded by:
Hagler vs. Obelmejias I