Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns

By Boxing News on December 25, 2012
Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns
Leonard had forced Roberto Duran to quit during their rematch, so his star was on the rise.

On the night of Sept. 16, 1981, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Sugar Ray Leonard finally proved how terrific a fighter he was. Leonard had forced Duran to quit in New Orleans during their rematch, so his star was on the rise. But meeting undefeated WBA welterweight champion Thomas Hearns, who was fighting at his natural weight, was a challenge few thought Leonard could surmount. It was a superb bout, give-and-take for round after round. When Leonard’s trainer Angelo Dundee admonished his fighter during the championship rounds, “You’re blowing it, son. You’re blowing it,” Leonard dug deeper than anyone would have thought possible…

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  1. Jeremy Stokes 07:17pm, 12/26/2012

    If Tommy could have kept going, the ref should not have stopped it!

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