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Marvin Hagler

American boxer

Died when: 66 years 294 days (801 months)
Star Sign: Gemini


Marvin Hagler

Marvelous Marvin Hagler (born Marvin Nathaniel Hagler;May 23, 1954 – March 13, 2021) was an American professional boxer and film actor who competed in boxing from 1973 to 1987.

He reigned as the undisputed champion of the middleweight division from 1980 to 1987, defeating eleven fighters for the title, all but one by knockout, and making twelve successful title defenses.

Hagler also holds the highest knockout percentage of all undisputed middleweight champions at 78 percent.His undisputed middleweight championship reign of six years and seven months is the longest active reign of the last century.

His total time as a middleweight champion is behind only Tony Zale, whose title was not undisputed for the first year of his reign and included several years of inactivity during his service in World War II.

Nicknamed "Marvelous" and annoyed that network announcers often did not refer to him as such, Hagler legally changed his name to "Marvelous Marvin Hagler" in 1982.

Hagler is an inductee of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame.He was twice named Fighter of the Year by The Ring magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America, as well as Fighter of the Decade (1980s) by Boxing Illustrated magazine.

In 2001 and 2004, The Ring named him the fourth greatest middleweight of all time and in 2002 named him the 17th greatest fighter of the past 69 years.

The International Boxing Research Organization rates Hagler as the sixth greatest middleweight of all time, while BoxRec rates him the 29th greatest boxer of all time, pound for pound.

Many analysts and boxing writers consider Hagler to have one of the most durable chins in boxing history, having been knocked down only once during his entire professional career.

The lone knockdown, scored by Juan Roldán of Argentina, is still being disputed.

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