The Oasis Reporters
March 15, 2021
Marvin Hagler was the undisputed middleweight champion from 1980 to 1987. He remains one boxer that South African legend, Nelson Mandela, met. His death at age 66 has been mourned worldwide following his wife, Kay’s revelation of the sad news via a Facebook post published on the dominant former middleweight king’s official fan club page on Saturday night. “I am sorry to make a very sad announcement.”
She wrote, Saturday, ” unfortunately my beloved husband Marvelous Marvin passed away unexpectedly at his home here in New Hampshire,” his wife Kay Hagler said, announcing the death and hoped that the family’s privacy will be respected.
Marvin Hagler, nicknamed Marvelous, the middleweight boxing great whose title reign and career ended with a split-decision loss.
The American dominated the middleweight division from 1979 until his controversial defeat by Sugar Ray Leonard in April 1987.
Hagler took part in 67 fights during his 14-year professional career.
He won 62 of those, 52 by knockout, while he drew two and lost three times.
Hagler made 12 successful title defences and famously won the classic fight known as ‘The War’, when he beat Thomas ‘Hit Man’ Hearns in April 1985.
“Boxing lost an all-time great today,” said boxing promoter Frank Warren.
Former world featherweight champion Barry McGuigan said he was “shocked and deeply saddened” to hear of the “incredible” Hagler’s death.
The Irishman added: “I’m honoured to have spent some amazing times with him. My heartfelt sympathies to his wife Kay and his family. Rest in Peace Champ.”