Sad day as legendary undisputed middleweight boxer dies aged 66

Sad day as legendary undisputed middleweight boxer dies aged 66

- Marvin Hagler defeated Britain’s Alan Minter to win his first world titles, WBA and WBC belts

- Famously known as ‘Marvelous’, Hagler fought 67 times during his 14-year professional career, winning 62

- He has passed away at the age of 66 at his home in New Hampshire according to his wife

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A former boxing champion ‘Marvelous’ Marvin Hagler has passed away at the age of 66 according to the BBC.

The former undisputed champion dominated the middleweight division before he suffered a controversial defeat in the hands of Sugar Ray Leonard in April 1987.

Records have it that Hagler won 62 of his 67 career bouts having spent 14 years in the boxing profession.

"Today, unfortunately my beloved husband Marvelous Marvin passed away unexpectedly at his home here in New Hampshire," his wife Kay Hagler said.

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Hagler fought 67 times during his 14-year professional career, winning 62.

He triumphed on 52 occasions by knockout, while he drew two and lost three times.

In September 1980, Hagler fought Britain's Alan Minter at Wembley Stadium to claim his first world titles, winning the WBA and WBC belts.

Sad day as legendary undisputed middleweight boxer Marvin Hagler dies aged 66
Marvin Hagler dies at 66. Photo: Monte Fresco
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And this is coming barely six months that boxing champion Alan Minter died after a long battle with cancer with the former undisputed champion passing away at a Guildford.

He was an undisputed world middleweight champion during the 80s as he retired with a 39-9 record, having also won an Olympic bronze medal in 1972.

"Dad was extremely proud of being undisputed world champion and I was always very proud when I was out with him to see how popular he was with people long after he had retired," his son Ross said.

He became the middleweight champion of the world in 1980 after he scored more points against Vito Antuofermo in Las Vegas.

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Three months later, he defeated Antuofermo in a rematch before Marvin Hagler stopped him later that year to see him lose his belts.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that the Kenyan sporting fraternity mourned following the death of former boxer Douglas Maina.

Curtains fell on Maina, who won a bantamweight bronze medal during the 1978 African Games in Algeria, on Thursday, April 23.

The boxing legend died after a long illness at his Donholm home in Nairobi.

Known for his deadly punches, Maina was part of the famous medal-winning group "Hit Squad" that won medals at the 1978 Edmonton Club Games.

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