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That's why he's living. The rematch, billed as "Stone vs. I knew he would indulge himself, he'd gain 40—50 lbs and then sweat it off to make I snapped his head back with a jab. I snapped it back again. He tried to get me against the ropes, I'd pivot, spin off and Pow! Come under with a punch. Leonard's most memorable punch came late in the round. Leonard kept it up, continuing to move, stop, and mug. Leonard was the winner by a technical knockout at of round eight, regaining the WBC Welterweight Championship.
Leonard led by scores of 68—66, 68—66 and 67— This is terrible. I've handled thousands of fighters and never had anyone quit on me. I think he needs a psychiatrist more than he needs anything else. He quit because he was embarrassed. I know this. Bonds was a southpaw , which made him a good opponent for Leonard, given that his next opponent was scheduled to be the WBA Light Middleweight Champion Ayub Kalule , a southpaw. Leonard was the aggressor throughout, with Bonds circling the ring. He staggered Bonds with a right in the fourth round and dropped him with a follow-up combination.
Bonds got up and continued to move, with Leonard in pursuit. Leonard dropped him again in the tenth. Bonds rose but Leonard didn't let him off the hook. The referee stopped the fight with Bonds taking punishment in a corner. Leonard moved up to the junior middleweight division and faced Kalule on June 25, at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. Kalule and his handlers had expected Leonard to use lateral movement against him, but Leonard chose to fight inside instead. Leonard finally hurt him with a right to the head. Shortly afterward, Leonard dropped him with a flurry of punches. Kalule got up but the referee waved it off.
Leonard celebrated his victory with a full degree, no-hands flip. They fought before a live crowd of 23, The fight began as expected, Leonard boxing from a distance and Hearns stalking. Leonard had difficulty with Hearns' long reach and sharp jab. By the end of round five, Leonard had a growing swelling under his left eye, and Hearns had built a considerable lead on the scorecards. Leonard, becoming more aggressive, hurt Hearns in the sixth with a left hook to the chin. Leonard battered Hearns in rounds six and seven, but Hearns regrouped. Hearns started to stick and move, and he started to pile up points again.
The roles reversed: Leonard became the stalker and Hearns became the boxer. Hearns won rounds nine through twelve on all three scorecards. Between rounds twelve and thirteen, Angelo Dundee told Leonard, "You're blowing it, son! You're blowing it! Leonard, with a badly swollen left eye, came out roaring for the thirteenth round. After hurting Hearns with a right, Leonard exploded with a combination of punches.
Hearns' legs were clearly gone and after more pressure from Leonard he was bundled through the ropes, no knockdown was given as it wasn't a punch that sent him there.
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Hearns managed to rise, but was dropped by a flurry of hard punches near the end of the round. In round fourteen, after staggering Hearns with an overhand right, Leonard pinned Hearns against the ropes, where he unleashed another furious combination, prompting referee Davey Pearl to stop the contest and award Sugar Ray Leonard the Unified World Welterweight Championship. Hearns was leading by scores of —, —, and — After the fight, there was controversy due to the scoring of rounds six and seven.
Even though Leonard dominated, hurting Hearns and battering him, all three judges gave both rounds to Leonard by a 10—9 margin. Many felt that the ten-point must scoring system was not properly used and those rounds should have been scored 10—8. Veteran ringside commentator Don Dunphy said "They're stopping the fight. I don't believe it. Hearns was ahead on points. Tommy did not have enough energy to make it through the fight. The fight was named " Fight of the Year " by The Ring. Leonard knocked him out in the third round.
While training, Leonard started to see floaters. He went to a doctor and discovered that he had a detached retina. The fight was cancelled, and Leonard had surgery to repair the retina on May 9, On November 9, , Leonard invited Marvin Hagler and other boxing dignitaries to a charity event in Baltimore, Maryland to hear him announce whether he would continue his career. Standing in a boxing ring with Howard Cosell , the master of ceremonies, Leonard announced his retirement, saying a bout with Hagler would unfortunately never happen.
Leonard maintained his eye was fully healed, but that he just didn't want to box anymore. Missing the limelight and the competition, Leonard announced in December that he was returning to the ring.
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This decision was met with a torrent of criticism from fans and the media, who felt Leonard was taking unnecessary risks with his surgically repaired eye. A bout with Philadelphia's Kevin Howard, who was 20—4—1, was scheduled for February 25, The fight was postponed when Leonard had minor surgery on his right eye to fix a loose retina.
This latest eye problem further fueled the flames of those who opposed Leonard's comeback. Before the fight with Howard, Dave Jacobs rejoined Leonard's team in a limited role. Leonard and Howard fought on May 11, , in Worcester, Massachusetts. Howard knocked Leonard flat on his back in the fourth round. It was the first knockdown of Leonard's professional career. Leonard came back to stop Howard in the ninth round, but the stoppage was disputed, with some feeling that the referee stopped the fight prematurely.
Leonard was ahead on all three scorecards at the time of the stoppage. At the post-fight press conference, Leonard surprised everyone by announcing his retirement again, saying he just didn't have it anymore. On March 10, , Marvin Hagler knocked out John Mugabi in eleven rounds to retain the Undisputed World Middleweight Championship for the twelfth time and advance his record to 62—2—2.
Of all people, John 'The Beast' Mugabi. He called Mike Trainer and said, "I can beat Hagler". On May 1, , Leonard announced on a Washington, D. The announcement generated a lot of controversy because of Leonard's inactivity and eye injuries, yet it also excited many sports fans who had hoped to see them fight years earlier. Hagler took a few months to decide, then agreed to the match. Hagler was a heavy favorite. The odds started at 4—1, then settled at 3—1. The original fight plan for Leonard was to go toe-to-toe with Hagler and try to cut him, but the plan changed about five days before the fight.
Leonard got hit by sparring partner Quincy Taylor and was badly buckled. After that, Leonard decided to box Hagler. Many were surprised that Hagler, a natural southpaw, opened the fight boxing out of an orthodox stance. After the quick and slick Leonard won the first two rounds on all three scorecards, Hagler started the third round as a southpaw. Hagler did better, but Leonard's superior speed and boxing skill still allowed him to control the fight. Hagler looked stiff and mechanical and missed the speedy Leonard time and again prompting ringside commentator for the NBC network re-broadcast Gil Clancy to remark " Leonard isn't doing anything to make him miss, he's just missing!
By the fifth, Leonard, who was moving a lot, began to tire and Hagler started to get closer. Hagler buckled Leonard's knees with a right uppercut near the end of the round, which finished with Leonard on the ropes. Hagler continued to score somewhat effectively in round six. Leonard, having slowed down, was obliged to fight more and move less. However, he was able to outpunch Hagler along the ropes and got the better of several bristling exchanges. Hagler never seized total control of the fight as he had against Thomas Hearns two years earlier, when he brutalized Hearns and scored a third-round knockout.
Hagler's punches lacked snap and, although he was scoring solidly to the body, he looked nothing like the powerful fighter who had dominated the middleweight division for the previous five years. Leonard's observation that the Hagler who beat John Mugabi was older and slower proved to be spot on. In rounds seven and eight, Hagler's southpaw jab was landing solidly and Leonard's counter flurries were less frequent.
Round nine was the most exciting round of the fight. Hagler hurt Leonard with a left cross and pinned him in a corner. Leonard looked to be in trouble, but he furiously fought his way out of the corner.
The action see-sawed back and forth for the rest of the round, with each man having his moments. However, Hagler's moments were more spectacular and one of Hagler's cornermen: Roger Perron in an interview that took place on an episode of HBO 's Legendary Nights episode segments in later stated that: "the ninth round was probably Marvin Hagler 's, best round". Round ten was tame by comparison, as the pace slowed after the furious action of the previous round but with Hagler having more spectacular moments. Despite Leonard's obvious fatigue, he boxed well in the eleventh.
Every time Hagler scored, Leonard came back with something flashier and more eye-catching, if not as effective. But at that point in the fight, Hagler appeared to be slightly more ring-general and clearly more aggressive. Between rounds eleven and twelve, Leonard's trainer: Angelo Dundee , implored Sugar Ray to get up off his stool yelling "We got three minutes Hagler's corner was much more reserved prompting Clancy to comment: "They're talking to him like it's an IBM meeting or something He hit Leonard with a big left hand and backed him into a corner. Leonard responded with a furious flurry, landing few punches but whipping the upset-hoping crowd into a frenzy.
Hagler backed off, and Leonard danced away with Hagler in pursuit. The fight ended with Hagler and Leonard exchanging along the ropes. At the final bell, even uniformed ringside security rushed into the ring applauding and lauding Leonard's effort. Leonard threw punches and landed , while Hagler threw and landed Leonard was awarded a controversial split-decision. Many felt that Hagler deserved the decision because he was the aggressor and landed the harder punches. Scottish boxing journalist Hugh McIlvanney wrote that Leonard's plan was to "steal rounds with a few flashy and carefully timed flurries Many others felt that Leonard deservedly got the decision, arguing that Leonard landed more punches and showed better defense and ring generalship.
He didn't just outpoint Hagler, he exposed him. He made him look like a guy chasing a bus.
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He hit more often He made Hagler into what he perceived him to be throughout his career—a brawler, a swarmer, a man who could club you to death only if you stood there and let him. If you moved, he was lost. Despite requests from the Hagler camp, Leonard was uninterested in a rematch and retired on May 27, Many were critical of Leonard for stipulating that his opponent—a natural pounder—should weigh less than his usual fighting weight, which could possibly weaken him. This would be Leonard's first professional fight without Angelo Dundee. Dundee was unhappy with that amount.
He requested a contract for the Lalonde fight and Leonard refused. My word is my bond", Leonard said. Lalonde's size and awkwardness troubled Leonard. In the fourth round, a right hand to the top of Leonard's head dropped him for just the second time in his career. Early in the ninth, Lalonde hurt Leonard with a right to the chin.
Leonard fired back and hurt Lalonde with a right. He drove him to the ropes and unleashed a furious assault. Lalonde tried to tie up Leonard, but got dropped with a powerful left hook. He rose but was soon down again, and the fight was stopped. Judge Stuart Kirshenbaum had Lalonde ahead 76— After the fight, Leonard vacated the light heavyweight title, but kept the super middleweight title.
Also, Leonard and Janks Morton split because of personal differences. Morton was replaced as co-trainer by Pepe Correa, who had worked with Leonard for most of the previous fifteen years. It was promoted as "The War.
Hearns dropped Leonard with a right cross in the third round, but Leonard came back and battered Hearns around the ring in the fifth. Early in the seventh round, Hearns hurt Leonard but punched himself out going for the knockout. With Hearns fatigued, Leonard came back and had a strong finish to the round.
Rounds nine and ten were good rounds for Leonard, but he ran into trouble in the eleventh round. Three booming rights from Hearns sent Leonard down for the second time in the fight. Knowing he needed a big finish, Leonard fought furiously and had a big final round. The judges scored the fight a draw and Leonard retained the title. Shirley was the only judge to give Leonard a 10—8 margin in the twelfth.
If he had scored it 10—9, as his two colleagues did, Hearns would have won by a split decision. Eventually, Leonard admitted that Hearns deserved the decision [ citation needed ].
Dave Jacobs was one of the people let go, leaving Correa as the sole trainer. Correa was instructed not to spare the whip. The fight took place at the new Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. The scores were —, —, and — In a fight that many considered to be very boring, both fighters were booed often by the fans and many left the arena before the decision was announced.
Pat Putnam of Sports Illustrated wrote, "Leonard gave them artistic perfection when they wanted heated battle, and they booed lustily. Most fight fans would not spend a dime to watch Van Gogh paint Sunflowers , but they would fill Yankee Stadium to see him cut off his ear. His lower lip was cut from a headbutt in the fourth round, his left eye was cut in the eleventh round, and his right eye was cut in the twelfth round.
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Foyt, winner Rodger Ward or perhaps a driver yet to find fame at the Speedway? Race to — Race to Win brings you 1 hour and 29 minutes of all the action and suspense from practice, qualifying and the race during the spectacular month of May in Watch A. Color, 89 min. Yet few know the gasoline-fueled passion that became so important in this complex, multifaceted man's makeup. Newman's deep- seated passion for racing was so intense it nearly sidelined his acting career.
His racing career spanned 35 years; Newman won four national championships as a driver and eight championships as an owner. Not bad for a guy who didn't even start racing until he was 47 years old. Color, 83 min. Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival. Color, min. See the conclusion of the rear-engine insurrection with an array of Lotuses, Hawks and Eagles. Foyt, Bobby and Al Unser. Other nice roadster and dirt-car footage included. Wild racing action, including the Ronnie Duman accident. A fascinating collection of rare "" history from The late Sid Collins, former Voice of the , narrates a historical look at the races from , and a more detailed revisiting of the races from