The Triple Hitter official on-site 38 page programme featuring Thomas "Hitman" Hearns vs Mark Medal, Roberto "Hands of Stone" Duran vs Robbie Sims and Barry "Clones Cyclone" McGuigan vs Steve Cruz, 23rd June 1986, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.
Condition very good (slight scuffing & fading)
Hearns W TKO 8
In the 1st round Hearns drops Medal with a 1, 2 combiantion right hand left hook that drops Medal to one knee. In this same round Hearns stuns Medal twice at different moments in the round with straight right hands. Hearns also vicously attacks the body with crushing hooks into the stomach and ribs of Medal. By the end of round 1 the bottom of Medals left eye has a bump. Despite loosing the 1st round so one sidedly Medal comes out on the second more active and punching more. The entire fight was pretty onesided the rest of the way. However round 6 was the most action packed round this was a round in which Medal lands some really good punches both up stairs and down stairs. While Hearns continues to hurt Medal with body shots. Emanuel Steward trainer of Hearns had previously expressed to Hearns that he needed to stop Medal and soon. This was in regards to Hearns possibly having stamina issues. By the 8th round Medals eye was pretty much shut. The end of the fight came when the ref. called for a break and finally noticed Medals eye. He took Medal to the corner where the doctor advised to stop the fight.
Sims W split decision over 10 rounds
Cruz W unanimous decision over 15 rounds
McGuigan was winning the fight but was knocked down three times in the last round, which was enough to tilt the scores in favor of Cruz. Fight was named Ring Magazine Fight of the Year.
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Thomas "Hitman" Hearns (born October 18, 1958, in Memphis, raised in Detroit), is an American 8-time world champion in six different categories or weights.
Hearns became the first ever quadruple world champion in boxing history.He would also become the first ever quintuple and sextuple champion in history winning World titles at welterweight, super welter, middle, supermiddle, light heavy, cruiserweight.
He has scored many memorable knockouts in his career, and is widely considered as one of the greatest knockout artists of all time. Hearns was voted the greatest Super Welterweight of all time by Ring Magazine and received the "Fighter of the year" award in 1980 and 1984.
Thomas Hearns fought 21 current, past or future world champions in 22 world title fights. Blessed with exceptional height for a welterweight (6'1"), a broad back, and unusually long arms, Hearns had a unique build combined with destructive punching power. His promotional fight name was the Hit Man.
He is known best for his devastating right hand, his powerful left hook and for carrying his left hand low—a stance he used to lure foes into an exchange, as well as to maximize the speed and change the angle of his jab, a technique called the "flicker jab".
As a fighter, his aggression set him apart, controlling fights with his incredible reach, power and great boxing skills. He lost only one decision in his entire career, at the age of 35.
18 on Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time
Hearns began his professional boxing career in Detroit, Michigan, under the tutelage of Emanuel Steward in 1977.
He won eight world championships in six weight classes during his pro career, defeating boxing hall of famers such as Pipino Cuevas, Wilfred Benitez, Roberto Duran, and Virgil Hill. Hearns started his career by knocking out his first 17 opponents and quickly became one of the most feared and respected young boxers emerging in the late 1970s. In 1980 Hearns carried his 28-0 record into a world title match against Mexico's dreaded Pipino Cuevas. Having 12 title defences and hailed as the king of the welterweights Cuevas was a formidable opponent. Hearns ended Cuevas 4-year reign by knocking him out cold in 2 rounds. Hearns was voted "fighter of the year" by Ring Magazine in 1980.
He defended the WBA World Welterweight Championship three times against Luis Primera (KO 6), Randy Shields (KO 12), and Pablo Baez (KO 4).
In 1981 a dream match had been made, with a 32-0 record (30 KOs), he fought World Boxing Council champion Sugar Ray Leonard (30-1) to unify the World Welterweight Championship in a classic bout dubbed "The Showdown". In this legendary fight Hearns suffered his first professional defeat when Leonard stopped him in the 14th round. The stoppage by referee Davey Pearl remains controversial, as Hearns was ahead on all three scorecards and did not appear hurt. Hearns and Leonard banked a combined 17 million dollars for the fight making it the largest salary in sports history. 3 months after the fight Leonard retired due to a detached retina and there would be no rematch until 1989.
He won the WBC Super Welterweight World Title from boxing legend and 3-time world champion Wilfred Benitez (44-1-1) in New Orleans in December 1982 and defended that title against European champion Luigi Minchillo (42-1) (W 12), WBA world champion Roberto Duran (KO 2), no.1 contender Fred Hutchings (29-1) (KO 3), and no.1 contender Mark Medal (26-2) (TKO 8). During his reign at this weight, the 2nd round destruction of the legendary Roberto Duran, in which he became the first boxer to KO Duran, is seen as his pinnacle achievement earning him his second Ring Magazine's "fighter of the year" award in 1984.
During his time as Super Welterweight champion Hearns also ventured into the middleweight division, losing a legendary battle to World Champion Marvin Hagler in 1985. Billed "The Fight," (later known as The War), this superbout, hailed as the 3 greatest rounds in history, elevated both fighters to superstar status. Hearns broke his right hand in the first round of this fight and lost by TKO in round 3.
Hearns quickly made amends by dispatching undefeated rising star James "Black Gold" Schuler with a devastating first round knockout in 1986. Sadly, 2 weeks after the fight Schuler was killed in a motorcycle accident. Hearns presented the NABF Championship belt to Shulers family at his funeral saying he deserved to keep the belt as he had held it longer than Hearns.
Other notable World Title fights included his 7 knockdowns of 3-time world champion Dennis Andries to win the WBC Light Heavyweight World Title in March 1987, his four-round destruction of the feared Juan Roldan (63-2) later that year to claim the WBC Middleweight World Title, his TKO "Ring Magazine 1988 upset of the year" loss to Iran Barkley in his first defence of that same title and his win against James "the Heat" Kinchen (44-3) for the WBO Super Middleweight Title.
Hearns had to wait until 1989 for a rematch with Sugar Ray Leonard, this time for the WBC and WBO Super Middleweight titles. This was Hearns sixth Superfight, a fight which much of the public believed Hearns won, flooring Leonard in both the 3rd and 11th rounds. However, the judges scored the fight a controversial draw. Leonard later admitted that Hearns had beat him and that he was gifted the draw stating the fighters were "1-1 in his books".
1991 would see a last great performance of the ageing Hitman as he challenged the undefeated WBA Champion Virgil Hill for the light heavyweight crown. In Hill's 11th defence of the title Hearns would return to his amateur roots and outbox the champion to win a convincing decision and add a 6th World Title to his illustrious career.
Later in his career Hearns also won 2 World Cruiserweight titles, making him the only man in history to have won the World Welterweight, Super Welter, Middle, Super Middle, Light Heavy and Cruiserweight World Titles.
Roberto Duran born June 16, 1951 in El Chorrillo, Panama. Duran turned professional on February 23, 1968 and would win world titles in four weight divisions and compete in five decades.
He was undefeated when he TKO'd Ken Buchanan in 13 rounds for the WBA lightweight championship on June 26, 1972 at Madison Square Garden. Twelve successful defences followed, including wins over Jimmy Robertson, Guts Ishimatsu, Esteban De Jesus, Ray Lampkin, Lou Bizzarro, and Edwin Viruet.
Duran next moved up in weight to battle for the welterweight title and captured the WBC belt with a 15 round unanimous decision over Sugar Ray Leonard in Montreal on June 20, 1980. Following a win over Pipino Cuevas, Duran captured the WBA junior middleweight title from Davey Moore (TKO 8) at Madison Square Garden on June 16, 1983. Also in 1983 he engaged Marvelous Marvin Hagler in a hard-fought 15 round bout for the middleweight title (L 15). “Hands of Stone” claimed the WBC middleweight belt with an exciting 12 round split decision over Iran (The Blade) Barkley on February 24, 1989.
A superstar the world over, Duran is known for his ferocious, relentless ring style. Following injuries sustained in a 2001 automobile accident, he retired from the ring with a 103-16 (70 KOs) record.
Duran is still very active in the sport of boxing, now serving as a promoter with DRL Promotions.
Born Finbar Patrick McGuigan in Monaghan, Ulster, Ireland on February 28, 1961, he was raised in the small town of Clones. McGuigan captured a gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games and turned pro in 1981. In 1983 he won both the British and European featherweight titles. Following a win over top contender Jose Caba and former featherweight champion Juan LaPorte, McGuigan was matched with Eusebio Pedroza for his WBA featherweight title. On June 8, 1985 a crowd of nearly 26,000 packed Queen's Park Rangers Stadium in London to see a match-up between McGuigan and the skillful Panamanian legend. McGuigan dropped Pedroza in the 7th round and after 15 grueling rounds, was awarded the decision and the championship. McGuigan was successful in two title defences against Bernard Taylor (KO8) and Danilo Cabrera (TKO14) before meeting Steve Cruz for his third defence. In 110-degree heat in Caesars Palace McGuigan hit the canvas in the 10th and 15th rounds of the toe-to-toe affair and after 15 rounds, Cruz was the new champion via 15-round decision. Inactive for two years after the Cruz battle, McGuigan re-emerged for four bouts before retiring in 1989 with a 32-3 (28 KOs) record. Noted for his stamina, courage, durable chin, determination, and busy style, McGuigan is a hero in his native land. His immense popularity transcended boxing. Long-standing violence between Catholics and Protestants subsided when McGuigan stepped in the ring. The popular saying of the day was "Leave the fighting to McGuigan." Since retiring from the ring, the effervescent Irishman has served as a noted television commentator and columnist.