Marvin Hagler’s legendary fight with Thomas Hearns still evokes strong emotions, 35 years on from their middleweight classic, writes Sky Sports Boxing’s Adam Smith. April 15, 1985, is etched in the boxing annals forever. It is a date many boxing fans will never forget. I certainly won’t – I was 13 and it was the fight that drew me to this incredible sport; that gripped me forever.Hagler-Hearns. Mesmerising. Magical. Mayhem. I have been so very privileged to have called some of the biggest fights of the last couple of decades. Few nights will top ‘Lift-Off for AJ’ and the thrilling dethroning of Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium three years ago – or that most ferocious domestic duel between my friends and colleagues Jamie Moore and Matt Macklin in 2006.The first encounter pitting Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo together in 2005 was the greatest battle I have ever commentated on – brutal, pulsating, and THE most dramatic 10th-round ending.Yet how I wish I could have ‘called’ Hagler vs Hearns for real, and not just at the television!I grew up watching the super-fights between that wonderful group of Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, Marvin Hagler, and Roberto Duran. Hearns was my… Read full this story
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