Marvin Hagler

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Class of 1993
Modern Category
Hall of Fame bio:click
World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee

Name: Marvin Hagler
Alias: Marvelous
Birth Name: Marvin Nathaniel Hagler
Born: 1954-05-23
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA
Hometown: Brockton, Massachusetts, USA
Stance: Southpaw
Height: 5′ 9½″   /   177cm
Reach: 75″   /   191cm
Boxing Record: click

Marvelous Marvin Hagler Gallery

Amateur Career

  • Hagler had 57 amateur wins by some reports. Boxing Illustrated and Sports Illustrated listed his record as 52-2 with 43 KOs.
  • 1972 New England AAU Light Middleweight Championship Finalist, losing to Wilbur Cameron of Lowell, Massachusetts.
  • 1973 National AAU Middleweight Champion, defeating Marine Corps Champion Terry Dobbs of Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Hagler was named the Most Outstanding Fighter of the 1973 National AAU Tournament.

Professional Career

  • Managed and trained by Goody & Pat Petronelli. He was with the Petronellis his entire career.
  • Defeated 1972 Olympic Gold Medalist Sugar Ray Seales by a ten-round unanimous decision on August 30, 1974. It was Seales' first pro loss after 21 straight wins. They had a rematch on November 26, 1974. After ten rounds, the fight was declared a draw.
  • Suffered his first pro loss on January 13, 1976, losing to Bobby Watts by a ten-round majority decision.
  • Lost to Willie Monroe by a ten-round unanimous decision on March 9, 1976. Avenged the loss by stopping Monroe in twelve rounds on February 15, 1977. Defeated Monroe again on August 23, 1977, stopping him in two rounds.
  • Stopped Sugar Ray Seales in one round on February 3, 1979.
  • Fought Vito Antuofermo for the Undisputed World Middleweight Championship on November 30, 1979. After fifteen rounds, the fight was declared a draw and Antuofermo retained the title.
  • Stopped Bobby Watts in two rounds on April 19, 1980, avenging his first pro loss.
  • Stopped Alan Minter on cuts in three rounds to win the Undisputed World Middleweight Championship on September 27, 1980. A riot ensued after the stoppage. The angry London crowd threw bottles, and the fighters and officials were forced to flee the ring.
  • Stopped Vito Antuofermo on cuts after four rounds on June 13, 1981 to successfully defend the Undisputed World Middleweight Championship.
  • Legally changed his name from Marvin Nathaniel Hagler to Marvelous Marvin Hagler on April 2, 1982. He did so because he was upset when ABC-TV refused to introduce him as "Marvelous Marvin" before his title defense against William "Caveman" Lee on March 7, 1982, which he won by a first-round TKO. ABC Sports executive producer Alex Wallau told the Petronellis, "If he wants to be called Marvelous Marvin at ABC, tell him to go to court and have his name changed."
  • Defeated Roberto Duran by a close fifteen-round unanimous decision on November 10, 1983. After winning seven straight title defenses by knockout, Hagler was forced to go the distance for the first time as champion.
  • Stopped Thomas Hearns in three rounds on April 15, 1985 to successfully defend the Undisputed World Middleweight Championship. The Ring Magazine named it "Fight of the Year" and the first round was named "Round of the Year."
  • On November 3, 1986, a press conference was held to announce that Hagler would fight Sugar Ray Leonard on April 6, 1987. The WBC agreed to sanction the fight, but the WBA stripped Hagler of their title for not fighting the top contender, Herol Graham. The IBF refused to sanction the fight and announced that their title would be declared vacant if Leonard won the fight.
  • Lost the WBC Middleweight Championship to Sugar Ray Leonard by a twelve-round split decision on April 6, 1987. The Ring Magazine named it "Fight of the Year."
  • Announced his retirement on June 12, 1988 after watching his half-brother, Robbie Sims, lose to WBA Middleweight Champion Sumbu Kalambay.
  • Retired to Italy and made several movies. The action movies "Indio" and "Indio 2: The Revolt" are the most notable of his movies. Hagler plays Sgt. Jake Iron, an ex-Marine, who fights to save the rainforest against the forces of mega corporations that are trying to destroy it to make money.
  • Usually only returns to the United States to attend the annual International Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, which are held every June in Canastota, New York.

Awards and Recognition

Preceded by:
Alan Minter
WBA Middleweight Champion
1980 Sep 27 – Mar 21 1987
Succeeded by:
Sumbu Kalambay
Preceded by:
Alan Minter
WBC Middleweight Champion
1980 Sep 27 – 1987 Apr 6
Succeeded by:
Sugar Ray Leonard
Preceded by:
Inaugural Champion
IBF Middleweight Champion
1983 May 27 – 1987 Apr 6
Succeeded by:
Frank Tate