Marvin Hagler gives boxing fans night to remember

By Russell Youll | Boxing | Published:

Boxing fans were given a night to remember thanks to legendary fighter ‘Marvellous’ Marvin Hagler.

Bar Sport owner Scott Murray with former world middleweight champion Marvin Hagler

Hagler, who reigned for seven years as the undisputed world middleweight champion during the 1980s, entertained a sold-out crowd of 300 at Cannock’s Premier Suite last night.

The 62-year-old became the final member of the famous ‘Four Kings’ to visit the venue, which has become renowned for attracting the sport’s biggest stars. Together with rivals Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard, Hagler was involved in a series of high-profile title fights which continue to be regarded as among the greatest of all time.

He retired in 1987 following a controversial split decision defeat to Leonard.

In Cannock, Hagler chatted to fans and posed for photos, before holding a question and answer session on stage.

“I like coming to England because of the fans,” said Hagler, who now lives in Italy.

“People write to me all the time. They have been my No.1 fans.

“Not even the Americans give me the attention the English give me. This gives me the opportunity to meet those who have written to me and conversed with my by email.

“I like the fact people still recognise me. I have been retired for more than 30 years but it feels like yesterday.”

Russell Youll

By Russell Youll

Group Sports Editor for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star


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