Former undisputed middleweight champion of the world ‘Marvelous’ Marvin Hagler has died at the age of 66.
The hard-hitting pugilist dominated the middleweight division in the late 1970s through the 1980s until his controversial defeat by Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard in April 1987.
“Today, unfortunately my beloved husband Marvelous Marvin passed away unexpectedly at his home here in New Hampshire,” his wife Kay Hagler said.
Hagler, who took part in 67 fights during his sparkling 14-year career, made 12 successful title defences and famously won the classic fight known as ‘The War’, when he beat Thomas ‘Hit Man’ Hearns in April 1985.
The first round of his bout with Hearns is still considered the greatest in boxing history.
“Boxing lost an all-time great today,” said boxing promoter Frank Warren.