Thomas Hearns vs. Juan Domingo Roldan

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1987-10-29 : Thomas Hearns 159½ lbs beat Juan Domingo Roldan 159¼ lbs by KO at 2:01 in round 4 of 12

  • Vacant WBC Middleweight Title


  • The WBC middleweight title became vacant with the retirement of Sugar Ray Leonard on May 27, 1987.
  • Hearns got $1.1 million and Roldan made $250,000.
  • The fight was shown live on pay-per-view and closed circuit television.
  • Hearns was an 8 to 5 favorite.
  • There was a crowd of over 10,000 at the Hilton Hotel's outdoor arena.
  • Hearns knocked Roldan down twice in the first round and once in the second. Early in the fourth, Roldan wobbled Hearns with a left hook. Later in the round, Hearns put Roldan down for the count with a right cross to the chin.
  • Hearns became the first boxer to win world titles in four weight divisions.

Ticket prices were $400, $300, $200, $100, and $50.

Preceded by:
Hagler vs. Leonard
WBC Middleweight Title Fight
# 54
Succeeded by:
Hearns vs. Barkley I