Marvin Hagler vs. Roberto Durán

Marvin Hagler vs. Roberto Durán was a professional boxing match contested on November 10, 1983 for the WBA, WBC, IBF and The Ring middleweight titles.

Marvin Hagler vs. Roberto Durán
DateNovember 10, 1983
VenueConvention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey
Title(s) on the lineWBA, WBC, IBF and The Ring middleweight titles
Tale of the tape
Boxer Marvin Hagler Roberto Durán
Nickname Marvelous Manos de Piedra
("Hands of Stone")
Hometown Brockton, Massachusetts, U.S. Panama City, Panama
Purse $5,000,000 $1,500,000
Pre-fight record 57–2–2 77–4
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) 5 ft 7+12 in (171 cm)
Weight 157 lb (71 kg) 157 lb (71 kg)
Style Southpaw Orthodox
Recognition WBA, WBC, IBF and The Ring undisputed middleweight champion WBA super welterweight champion
Hagler wins via unanimous decision (142-144, 143-144, 145-146)

Background edit

The fight was televised live on closed circuit in the United States and (free of charge) on WAPA-TV in Puerto Rico, where it was worked by sportscaster Rafael Bracero. It was also shown days later in the USA for free on cable station HBO's HBO World Championship Boxing, with Barry Tompkins, Larry Merchant and Duran's archrival (and, later also, Hagler opponent) Sugar Ray Leonard working the HBO show.[1]

The bout caused great expectations both among boxing and non-boxing fans alike, and Ring Magazine produced a rare, special issue about it which came out days before the fight.[2] Other media outlets, such as Sports Illustrated, also covered the event.[3]

Hagler came into the fight with 57 wins, 2 losses and 2 draws (ties), 48 of his wins being by knockout. For his part, Panama's Duran sported a record of 77 wins and 4 losses in 81 professional boxing contests, 58 of his wins by knockout.[4]

The bout's presenter was Chuck Hull; its referee was Stanley Christodoulou of South Africa.[5] Christodoulou, coincidentally, had also refereed Duran's fellow Latin and Central American Alexis Arguello's first attempt versus Aaron Pryor at becoming a four division world boxing champion, which had come almost a year before Hagler-Duran's date, on November 12, 1982, at Miami, Florida.[6]

On November of 2023, boxing magazine Ring Magazine published an online special edition, commemorating the fight on its 40-years anniversary.[7]

The fight edit

The bout was the main event of a program that also included Freddie Roach's 10-round unanimous decision loss in a rematch fight to Louie Burke,[8] and a contest to determine Hagler-Duran's winner's next challenger, between American Frank "The Animal" Fletcher and Argentina's Juan Roldan, which was won by Roldan by a brutal, blistering sixth round knockout.[9][10]

Hagler won the fight by a fifteen rounds unanimous decision.

Despite what boxing fans and experts expected, it was a largely tactical affair, with Duran unexpectedly boxing from outside (he is mostly remembered as an in-fighter) while Hagler awaited for his opportunities, picking his shots.

Duran led on the three official judges' scorecards after thirteen rounds by one point on each. But Hagler dominated rounds fourteen and fifteen to forge ahead and retain his titles by a close but unanimous decision, the scores reading 146-145 (on judge Yusaku Yoshida's), 144-143 (on Ove Ovesen's) and 142-141 (on Guy Jutras') on the cards, all in favor of champion Hagler.[11]

Aftermath edit

Hagler then retained his title 4 more times, including victories over Roldan, over Hearns and John Mugabi before losing it on his final fight, to Ray Leonard on April 6, 1987. He retired with a record of 62 wins, 3 losses and 2 draws (ties), with 52 wins by knockout, after which he moved to Italy and became an actor, filming various movies in that European country and a commercial in the United States for Pizza Hut.[12] He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame 14 years before Duran was, in 1993.[13]

On the other hand, Duran lost on his very next fight to Hearns and retired immediately after that, but he made several comebacks afterwards, including one where he actually realized his dream of becoming a four division world champion (albeit being the third one, not the first one as he'd been had he won against Hagler; Hearns and Leonard were boxing's first and second four division world champions, respectively) against Iran Barkley, fights with Vinny Paz and Hector Camacho (twice each; Duran lost to both twice each by decisions) William Joppy-a third-round technical knockout loss for Joppy's WBA world Middleweight title- and a rubber match with Leonard (they had beaten each other once each before). Duran retired with 103 wins and 16 losses in 119 contests, 70 of those wins coming by knockout. Duran went on to record Salsa music albums as a singer and was in Argentina promoting one of his albums when he suffered a life-threatening car accident in 2000, which caused him to retire from boxing. In 2016, a movie about him, Hands of Stone, was released. That movie was based on a book about Duran written by American author Christian Giudice. Duran was inducted to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007.[14]

Undercard edit

Confirmed bouts:[15]

References edit

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  3. ^ "Marvelous Was Something Less Than Marvelous".
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  6. ^ "Aaron Pryor vs Alexis Arguello I - Nov 12, 1982 - Entire fight - Rounds 1 - 14 - YouTube". YouTube.
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