Boxing Hall Of Fame Inductee Tommy Hearns Top 5 Moments [VIDEO]
Boxing Legend Tommy ‘The Hitman’ Hearns is being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota this weekend. Here’s a look at some of the highlights of his incredible 61-5-1 career:
5. Tommy Hearns KO’s Roberto Duran
Fought on June 15th 1984, Hearns came into the fight with a record of 38-1 and was the WBC Light Middleweight champion against Roberto Duran, who came in with a record of 77-5 and was the WBA Light Middleweight champion. However, the WBA stripped Duran of the title prior to the fight for not approving the bout against Hearns. One of Hearns most dominating performances of his career and arguably one of the greatest knockouts in boxing history, Hearns knocked down Duran twice in the first round en route to a TKO in the second round.
4. Tommy Hearns wins 6th Title in Fifth Different Division
1991 would see one last great performance by the aging Hitman as he challenged the undefeated WBA light heavyweight champion Virgil Hill. Hearns, at 32 years old came into the fight with a 49-3 record. In Hill’s 11th defense of the title, Hearns would return to his amateur roots and outbox the champion to win a convincing decision and add a sixth world title to his illustrious career.
3. Tommy Hearns KO’s Pipino Cuevas
Dubbed “World War II”, this bout was fought on August 2nd, 1980. Cuevas had dominated the Welterweight division for the past 4 years, reigning as champion. Hearns was undefeated, bringing his 28-0 record into the fight. Hearns defeated Cuevas by TKO in the 2nd round to win his first of 6 titles and went on to win “Fighter of the Year” by Ring Magazine in 1980. After his career had ended, in an interview Hearns was asked what was his greatest moment and his response was “Winning all those titles were great moments for me. But winning the first title was the greatest moment. When I received the belt after that fight, I knew I beat a great man, Pipino Cuevas, a legend.
2. Tommy Hearns vs Sugar Ray Leonard- 1st fight
In 1981, Hearns the WBA Champion, with a 32-0 record (30 KOs), fought WBC Champion Sugar Ray Leonard (30-1) to unify the World Welterweight Championship in a bout dubbed “The Showdown.” In this legendary fight, Hearns suffered his first professional defeat when Leonard stopped him in the 14th round after being down by 3 points in the 13th round. Hearns and Leonard banked a combined 17 million dollars for the fight, making it the largest purse in sports history.
1. Tommy Hearnsvs Marvin Hagler
Known as “The War”, this bout took place on April 15, 1985 for the middleweight championship between Tommy Hearns, who was the junior middleweight champion, and Marvin Hagler, the undisputed middleweight champion. The bout, which only lasted 3 rounds, is considered by many boxing fans to be one of the best boxing matches of all time. Hearns stunned Hagler in the first round, ultimately breaking his hand on a punch. Hearns was able to carry on to the third round but was knocked down by Hagler, and had the referee stop the fight after he was able to beat the count.