Marvin Hagler, former middleweight boxing champion, dies at 66!

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Marvin Hagler, former middleweight boxing champion, dies at 66!

Legendary Marvelous Marvin Hagler, considered by many to be one of the best boxers in middleweight history, suddenly died on Saturday in New Hampshire at the age of 66. Hagler's death was reported to the public by his wife Kay G.

Hagler, who wrote on his Facebook fan club's page: "I am sorry to have very sad news to announce. Today, unfortunately, my beloved husband Marvelous Marvin passed away unexpectedly at his home in New Hampshire. Our family demands that you respect our privacy in this difficult time," Kay wrote back on Saturday.

on Facebook. One of Hagler’s sons, James, later revealed to TMZ that his father had been transferred to hospital earlier on Saturday after feeling chest pain and breathing problems. Hagler is remembered by many as one of the best boxers to ever step into the ring.

Marvelous started professional boxing back in 1973, and in 1979 he attacked the world title. His opponent on that occasion was Vito Antuofermo, but despite the fact that it seemed to many that Hagler was more specific than the then WBA and WBC champions, the referees decided the match as a draw with a divided decision.

A year later, Hagler came to the throne with a victory over Alan Minter. He defended the title as many as 12 times in a row, which makes him one of the most successful champions in history, and it is an impressive fact that he defended his title 11th time with a break.


In addition to being an amazing knockout boxer, many consider Marvelous to be the owner of perhaps the strongest beard in the history of boxing. In 67 professional matches, Hagler recorded 62 wins, three losses, and two draws.

He was never knocked out. Juan Roldan was the only one who managed to send him to the floor, but Hagler did not admit it either, but protested, claiming that the Argentine had pushed him away. Hagler is a member of the International and World Boxing Hall of Fame, and according to Boxing Illustrated magazine, he was named the best boxer of the decade (the 80s).

In November 1983, by a unanimous decision of the referees, he defeated Robert Durán, who became the first challenger to endure with Hagler until the referee's cards. The famous Duran led by two points after 13 rounds, but Marvelous managed to turn things in his favor in the last two sections.

Many will never forget his fight with Thomas Hearns, whom he stopped in April 1985. Although it was a match that ended in the third round, it was a match that many still consider the best in boxing history.