‘He Was a Big Part of My Childhood’- Daniel Cormier and the UFC Mourn the Loss of Boxing Legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler

Published 03/13/2021, 8:38 PM EST


‘Marvelous’ Marvin Hagler will go down in history as one of the best boxers to have ever stepped in the squared-circle. Kay Hagler, Marvin’s wife, took to the Marvin Hagler fan club page on Facebook to share the news with his fans. 

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Her message said, “I am sorry to make a very sad announcement. Today unfortunately my beloved husband Marvelous Marvin passed away unexpectedly at his home here in New Hampshire. Our family requests that you respect our privacy during this difficult time”

The UFC broadcast team covering UFC Vegas 21 comprising Daniel Cormier, Michael Bisping and Brendan Fitzgerald shared their thoughts about the fighter. 

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Former double champion ‘DC’ said, “It’s sad, you know, because Marvin Hagler was a part of my childhood. You know, watching him and the great fights with Sugar Ray and Tommy Hearns, which may still be the greatest short fight in the history of combat sports.

It’s a very sad day for the boxing community, for the world, and for sports fans around the world…. It’s a tough one man, it sucks. He was a big part of my childhood.”

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Marvelous Marvin Hagler an all-time boxing legend 

Hagler dominated the middleweight division from 1979 until his controversial loss to Sugar Ray Leonard in April 1987, which would incidentally be the last time he stepped into a boxing ring. 

Over his 14-year career, he fought a mind-boggling 67 times. Out of which he won 62 times, 52 of those wins came via knockout. He was famously known for having an iron chin and was knocked down only once in a 67-fight career.

 

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During his reign as the middleweight champion, he was able to defend his belt an impressive 12 times. Which included wins over names such as Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns, and John Mugabi among others. 

His fight against Thomas ‘Hitman’ Hearns is to this day considered one of the greatest fights in boxing history. And something that almost all boxing fans and fighters mention as a source of inspiration. 

What is your favorite memory of the legendary Marvelous Marvin Hagler? Let us know in the comments below! 

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