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*Elder brother of [[Billy Hearns]]<br>
 
*Elder brother of [[Billy Hearns]]<br>
 
*Father of [[Ronald Hearns]]
 
*Father of [[Ronald Hearns]]
*'''[[:Category:Thomas Hearns Gallery|Thomas Hearns Gallery]]
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* '''[[:Category:Thomas Hearns Gallery|Thomas Hearns Gallery]]'''
  
 
==Amateur Achievements==
 
==Amateur Achievements==
*Amateur record: 155-8. Reports vary on his number of wins by stoppage. They include 7, 11, and 12.
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[[File:Hearns-Cuevas.jpg|right|275px|thumb|Hearns vs. Pipino Cuevas 1980]]
*1977 National Golden Gloves Light Welterweight Champion, outpointing [[Bobby Joe Young]] in the final.
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[[File:Leonard Hearns 42-31098210.jpg|right|275px|thumb|Hearns vs. Sugar Ray Leonard 1981]]
*1977 National Amateur Athletic Union Light Welterweight Champion, outpointing [[Bobby Joe Young]] in the final.  
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[[File:Hearns-Duran 1984.jpg|right|275px|thumb|Hearns vs. Roberto Duran 1984]]
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[[File:Hagler-Hearns BE026551.jpg|right|275px|thumb|Hearns vs. Marvin Hagler 1985]]
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[[File:Leonard-Hearns II 1390023-007F4B0E00000258-138 634x554.jpg|right|thumb|275px|Hearns vs. Sugar Ray Leonard 1989]]
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*'''Amateur record:''' 155-8. Reports vary on the number of wins by stoppage. They include 7, 11, and 12.
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*1975 Bantamweight Silver Medalist at the National [[Golden Gloves]] Tournament. Results:
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**Wardell Williams W 3
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**Rudy Orozco W 3
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**Miguel Ayala L 3
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*1976 Lightweight Silver Medalist at the National Golden Gloves Tournament. Results:
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**[[Pat Jefferson]] W 3
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**[[Aaron Pryor]] L 3
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*1976 Lightweight Silver Medalist at the National [[Amateur Athletic Union]] Tournament. Results:
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**Howard Jones  W 3
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**[[Howard Davis Jr.]] L 3
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*1977 National Golden Gloves Light Welterweight Champion. Results:
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**Curtis Hockenberry W 3
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**[[Ronnie Shields]] W 3
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**[[Bobby Joe Young]] W 3
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*1977 National Amateur Athletic Union Light Welterweight Champion. Results:
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**Andre Curry W 3
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**Bobby Joe Young W 3.<br>Hearns was voted Fighter of the Tournament.
  
==Professional Achievements==
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==Professional Career==
*The first boxer to win world titles in four weight divisions and also the first boxer to win world titles in five weight divisions:
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*Defeated [[Pipino Cuevas]] by a second-round TKO to win the [[WBA]] Welterweight Championship on August 2, 1980.
**[[USBA]] Welterweight Champion (March 2, 1980) KO 4 [[Angel Espada]]  
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*Lost the WBA Welterweight Championship to [[WBC]] Welterweight Champion [[Sugar Ray Leonard]] by a fourteenth-round TKO in a unification fight on September 16, 1981. Named [[The Ring Magazine|''The Ring'']] [[Ring Magazine Fight of the Year|Fight of the Year]] for 1981.
**[[WBA]] Welterweight Champion (August 2, 1980) KO 2 [[Pipino Cuevas]]
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*Defeated [[Wilfred Benitez]] by a fifteen-round majority decision to win the WBC Super Welterweight Championship on December 3, 1982.
**[[WBC]] Super Welterweight Champion (December 3, 1982) W 15 [[Wilfred Benitez]]
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*Defeated [[Roberto Duran]] by a second-round TKO to successfully defend the WBC Super Welterweight Championship on June 15, 1984.
**[[NABF]] Middleweight Champion (March 10, 1986) KO 1 [[James Shuler]]
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*Lost to Undisputed World Middleweight Champion [[Marvin Hagler|Marvelous Marvin Hagler]] by a third-round TKO on April 15, 1985. Named ''The Ring'' Fight of the Year and [[Ring Magazine Round of the Year|Round of the Year (Round 1)]] for 1985.
**WBC Light Heavyweight Champion (March 7, 1987) KO 10 [[Dennis Andries]]
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*Defeated [[Dennis Andries]] by a tenth-round TKO to win the WBC Light Heavyweight Championship on March 7, 1987.
**WBC Middleweight Champion (October 29, 1987) KO 4 [[Juan Domingo Roldan]]
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*Defeated [[Juan Domingo Roldan]] by a fourth-round KO to win the vacant WBC Middleweight Championship on October 29, 1987. Hearns became the first fighter in history to win world titles in four weight divisions.
**[[NABF]] Super Middleweight Champion (November 4, 1988) W 12 [[James Kinchen]]
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*Lost the WBC Middleweight Championship to [[Iran Barkley]] by a third-round TKO on June 6, 1988. Named ''The Ring'' [[Ring Magazine Upset of the Year|Upset of the Year]] for 1988.
**[[WBO]] Super Middleweight Champion (November 4, 1988) W 12 [[James Kinchen]]
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*Defeated [[James Kinchen]] by a twelve-round majority decision to win the inaugural [[WBO]] Super Middleweight Championship on November 4, 1988. Hearns became the first fighter in history to win world titles in five weight divisions.
**NABF Cruiserweight Champion (January 29, 1994) KO 1 [[Dan Ward]]  
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*Fought a twelve-round draw with WBC Super Middleweight Champion Sugar Ray Leonard on June 12, 1989.
**[[WBU]] Cruiserweight Champion (March 31, 1995) KO 1 [[Lenny LaPaglia]]
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*Defeated [[Virgil Hill]] by a twelve-round unanimous decision to win the WBA Light Heavyweight Championship on June 3, 1991.
**[[IBO]] Cruiserweight Champion (April 10, 1999) W 12 [[Nate Miller]]
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*Lost the WBA Light Heavyweight Championship to Iran Barkley by a twelve-round split decision on March 20, 1992.
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'''Championship Record'''
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*Has a record of 15-4-1 (9 KOs) in world title fights.
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*Has a record of 13-5-1 (8 KOs) against former, future and current world titlists.
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**Won against [[Bruce Curry]], [[Saensak Muangsurin]], [[Angel Espada]], [[Eddie Gazo]], [[Pipino Cuevas]], [[Wilfred Benitez]], [[Murray Sutherland]], [[Roberto Duran]], [[Mark Medal]], [[Doug DeWitt]], [[Dennis Andries]], [[Virgil Hill]], [[Nate Miller]].
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**Lost against [[Sugar Ray Leonard]], [[Marvin Hagler]], [[Iran Barkley]] (twice), [[Uriah Grant]].
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**Drew with Sugar Ray Leonard.
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'''Minor & Regional Titles'''
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*[[USBA]] Welterweight Championship (March 2, 1980) TKO 4 [[Angel Espada]]  
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*[[NABF]] Middleweight Championship (March 10, 1986) KO 1 [[James Shuler]]
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*NABF Super Middleweight Championship (November 4, 1988) W 12 [[James Kinchen]]
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*NABF Cruiserweight Championship (January 29, 1994) TKO 1 [[Dan Ward]]  
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*[[WBU]] Cruiserweight Championship (March 31, 1995) TKO 1 [[Lenny LaPaglia]]
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*[[IBO]] Cruiserweight Championship (April 10, 1999) W 12 [[Nate Miller]]
  
 
==Awards and Recognition==
 
==Awards and Recognition==
*Named [[Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year|The Ring magazine Fighter of the Year]] in 1980 and 1984.
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*Named [[Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year|''The Ring'' Fighter of the Year]] for 1980 and 1984.
*Named [[Boxing Writers Association of America]] [[Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year|Fighter of the Year]] in 1980 and 1984.   
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*Named the [[Boxing Writers Association of America]] [[Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year|Fighter of the Year]] for 1980 and 1984.   
*Named [[Division-By-Division - The Greatest Fighters of All-Time|The Greatest Junior Middleweight of All-Time]] by [[Ring Magazine|The Ring magazine]] in 1994.
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*Named [[Division-By-Division - The Greatest Fighters of All-Time|the greatest junior middleweight of all-time]] by ''The Ring'' in 1994.
*2012: [[International Boxing Hall of Fame]] Inductee
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*Inducted into the [[International Boxing Hall of Fame]] in 2012.
  
 
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[[Category:Five Division World Champions]]
 
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[[Category:American World Champions]]
 
[[Category:American World Champions]]
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[[Category:NABF Middleweight Champions]]
 
[[Category:NABF Middleweight Champions]]
 
[[Category:NABF Super Middleweight Champions]]
 
[[Category:NABF Super Middleweight Champions]]

Latest revision as of 19:20, 26 November 2014

Thomas Hearns
Class of 2012
Modern Category
Hall of Fame bio: [1]

Name: Thomas Hearns
Alias: Hitman/Motor City Cobra
Born: 1958-10-18
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 6′ 1″   /   185cm
Reach: 78″   /   198cm
Boxing Record: click

Amateur Achievements

Hearns vs. Pipino Cuevas 1980
Hearns vs. Sugar Ray Leonard 1981
Hearns vs. Roberto Duran 1984
Hearns vs. Marvin Hagler 1985
Hearns vs. Sugar Ray Leonard 1989
  • Amateur record: 155-8. Reports vary on the number of wins by stoppage. They include 7, 11, and 12.
  • 1975 Bantamweight Silver Medalist at the National Golden Gloves Tournament. Results:
    • Wardell Williams W 3
    • Rudy Orozco W 3
    • Miguel Ayala L 3
  • 1976 Lightweight Silver Medalist at the National Golden Gloves Tournament. Results:
  • 1976 Lightweight Silver Medalist at the National Amateur Athletic Union Tournament. Results:
  • 1977 National Golden Gloves Light Welterweight Champion. Results:
  • 1977 National Amateur Athletic Union Light Welterweight Champion. Results:
    • Andre Curry W 3
    • Bobby Joe Young W 3.
      Hearns was voted Fighter of the Tournament.

Professional Career

  • Defeated Pipino Cuevas by a second-round TKO to win the WBA Welterweight Championship on August 2, 1980.
  • Lost the WBA Welterweight Championship to WBC Welterweight Champion Sugar Ray Leonard by a fourteenth-round TKO in a unification fight on September 16, 1981. Named The Ring Fight of the Year for 1981.
  • Defeated Wilfred Benitez by a fifteen-round majority decision to win the WBC Super Welterweight Championship on December 3, 1982.
  • Defeated Roberto Duran by a second-round TKO to successfully defend the WBC Super Welterweight Championship on June 15, 1984.
  • Lost to Undisputed World Middleweight Champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler by a third-round TKO on April 15, 1985. Named The Ring Fight of the Year and Round of the Year (Round 1) for 1985.
  • Defeated Dennis Andries by a tenth-round TKO to win the WBC Light Heavyweight Championship on March 7, 1987.
  • Defeated Juan Domingo Roldan by a fourth-round KO to win the vacant WBC Middleweight Championship on October 29, 1987. Hearns became the first fighter in history to win world titles in four weight divisions.
  • Lost the WBC Middleweight Championship to Iran Barkley by a third-round TKO on June 6, 1988. Named The Ring Upset of the Year for 1988.
  • Defeated James Kinchen by a twelve-round majority decision to win the inaugural WBO Super Middleweight Championship on November 4, 1988. Hearns became the first fighter in history to win world titles in five weight divisions.
  • Fought a twelve-round draw with WBC Super Middleweight Champion Sugar Ray Leonard on June 12, 1989.
  • Defeated Virgil Hill by a twelve-round unanimous decision to win the WBA Light Heavyweight Championship on June 3, 1991.
  • Lost the WBA Light Heavyweight Championship to Iran Barkley by a twelve-round split decision on March 20, 1992.

Championship Record

Minor & Regional Titles

Awards and Recognition


Preceded by:
Pipino Cuevas
WBA Welterweight Champion
1980 Aug 2 – 1981 Sep 16
Succeeded by:
Sugar Ray Leonard
Preceded by:
Wilfred Benitez
WBC Light Middleweight Champion
1982 Dec 3 – 1986
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Duane Thomas
Preceded by:
Dennis Andries
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
1987 Mar 7 – 1987 Nov 27
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Donny Lalonde
Preceded by:
Sugar Ray Leonard
Retired
WBC Middleweight Champion
1987 Oct 29 – 1988 Jun 6
Succeeded by:
Iran Barkley
Preceded by:
Inaugural Champion
WBO Super Middleweight Champion
1988 Nov 4 – 1990 Apr 28
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Chris Eubank
Preceded by:
Virgil Hill
WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
1991 Jun 3 – 1992 Mar 20
Succeeded by:
Iran Barkley