Marvin Hagler vs. John Mugabi

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1986-03-10 : Marvin Hagler 159½ lbs beat John Mugabi 157 lbs by KO at 1:29 in round 11 of 12


  • Mugabi had won all 26 of his professional fights by knockout.
  • Hagler had made eleven successful title defenses, winning ten by knockout.
  • The fight was originally scheduled for November 14, 1985, but it was postponed after Hagler suffered a back injury and a broken nose. His nose was broken by a headbutt while sparring with Zack Hewitt.
  • Hagler made $2.5 million, plus a percentage of the revenue. Mugabi got $750,000.
  • The fight was shown at 500 closed-circuit locations in the U.S. and Canada and was available to 3½ million homes on pay-per-view. Showtime had delayed rights. It was the first boxing card aired on Showtime.
  • Hagler was a 3 to 1 favorite.
  • Mugabi gave Hagler a tough fight and almost closed his right eye.
  • Hagler hurt Mugabi in the sixth round and came close to finishing the challenger.
  • Hagler put Mugabi down for the count in the eleventh round.
  • After the fight, both fighters were urinating blood and were hospitalized.
  • This was Hagler's last victory.


Preceded by:
Hagler vs. Hearns
WBA Middleweight Title Fight
# 52
Succeeded by:
Kalambay vs. Barkley
Preceded by:
Hagler vs. Hearns
WBC Middleweight Title Fight
# 52
Succeeded by:
Hagler vs. Leonard
Preceded by:
Hagler vs. Hearns
IBF Middleweight Title Fight
# 6
Succeeded by:
Tate vs. Olajide