If you want to learn how to fight, one thing you need to do is watch and learn from the greats. Known as The War, this world middleweight championship fight featuring Marvin Hagler vs Thomas Hearns is one of the greatest fights in history. It is easily one of the most aggressive back and forth fights ever recorded.
Marvin Hagler– Black Shorts
Thomas Hearns– Yellow Shorts
- Hagler normally starts slow, but he came in aggressive off the bat, taking Hearns off guard.
- At 1:36, Hearns broke his hand on Hagler’s jaw.
- Throughout, Hearns will try initially to slow the pace, but Hagler continues to keep the tempo high, stay in tight, and hit Hearns with big punches.
- Hagler had a nasty cut opened on his forehead.
- Considered by many to be the best round in boxing history.
- Hearns came out with rubbery legs.
- Hagler continued to control the center of the ring and pin Hearns to the ropes.
- The cut on Hagler’s face started to gush. Concerned that the fight would be ended, he threw some bombs at Hearns and caught him with a nasty overhand left and followed with a cross that dropped him.
- Hearns fell with a smile on his face and willed himself up by the ten count, but the ref wasn’t having it.
There were a few things in my mind that swayed this fight in Hagler’s direction:
- From the start, Hagler’s aggression and pressure forced Hearns to fight a close war. Hearns was left fighting off the ropes where Hagler was able to beat him up and tire him out.
- As basic as it is, Hagler kept his hands up and Hearns didn’t. Hearns caught a lot of damage just by leaving his hands down at his chest, while Hagler was absorbing much of the damage with his arms.
- Hearns’ legs were like jello so he had less power and mobility. Hearns’ legendary trainer, Emanuel Steward, blamed the massage that Hearns demanded before the fight. I blame the fact that Hearn’s was backpedaling and circling the whole fight because of Hagler’s ring control.
Hope you guys enjoyed this fight as much as I did.