A former undisputed world middleweight champion from 1980 to 1987, Marvin Hagler, has died in his New Hampshire, USA home at the age 9f 66.
The wife of the US born legend, Kay G Hagler broke the news on the deceased Facebook page early Sunday morning, saying her husband passed away on Saturday at the family home in Bartlett, New Hampshire peacefully.
“I am sorry to make a very sad announcement. Today unfortunately my beloved husband Marvellous Marvin passed away unexpectedly at his home here in New Hampshire,” she wrote. “Our family requests that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”
“Marvellous” Marvin Hagler fought from 1973 to 1987 and delivered some epic bouts in a golden era of the sport, finishing with a record of 62-3 with two drawn and 52 knockouts.
Hagler won the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association middleweight titles in 1980, stopping Britain’s Alan Minter in the third round at London’s Wembley Arena, and added the International Boxing Federation’s inaugural title in 1983.
Marvin Hagler was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993 defending the undisputed crown 12 times, including a 15-round unanimous decision victory over Panama’s Roberto Duran in 1983 and his final triumph, an 11th-round knockout of unbeaten Ugandan John Mugabi in 1986.
Over a decade from 1976 to 1986, Hagler went unbeaten, with 36 wins and a draw.