Former world middleweight champion “Marvelous” Marveler died at the age of 66.
The American dominated the middleweight division from 1979 until their controversial defeat by Sugar Ray Leonard in April 1987.
Today, unfortunately, my beloved husband Marvelous Marvin died unexpectedly at his home here in New Hampshire, His wife Kay Hagler said.
Hagler fought 67 times during his 14-year career, and won 62 times.
He won 52 times by knockout, while he tied twice and lost three times.
In September 1980 Hagler fought Britain’s Alan Minter at Wembley Stadium to win his first world title, winning the WBA and WBC belt.
His most famous fight came in April 1985 when Thomas fought ‘Hit Man’ Hearns on three brutal rounds – a classic known as ‘The War’.
Hagler made 12 successful defense for the title until his defeat to Leonard by split decision and retired a year later.
Praises the world of boxing
Former World Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis chirp: “The world is a less great man today.
“It also hits hard because he was the one who imitated my boot camps afterward when I saw how seriously he took his training camps.”
He added, “Not only was he a living legend, but I was proud to call him my friend. He was so full of life, energy and positivity in our conversations that you would never guess what a wrecking machine was in the ring.”
Our wives were talking on the phone to connect us and I would miss his voice saying ‘He’s cool’ on the other end of the line.
“I’ve lost boxing a great day ever,” promoter Frank Warren said.
Former world featherweight champion Barry McGuigan said he was “shocked and deeply saddened” to hear about Hagler’s “startling” death.
The Irishman added: “I am honored to have spent wonderful times with him. My condolences to his wife Kay and his family. Rest in peace, a hero.”
British heavyweight Derek Chessora said Hagler was “one of the greatest”.
Before the unification of flyweight in the super world a fight between Juan Estrada and Roman Gonzalez In Dallas Saturday night, episode announcer Michael Buffer led a “memorial number 10,” with Hagler’s memory ringing 10 times.