You Look Marvelous
April 16, 1985 - The hype was enormous, the action enormously entertaining.
In a middleweight title matchup at Las Vegas billed as "The War," champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns slugged each other furiously for three rounds. Standing toe to toe much of the way, the two threw 339 punches in eight minutes as the crowd at Caesars Palace's outdoors stadium roared appreciatively.
Unknown at the time, Hearns -- the junior middleweight champ -- broke his right hand in the opening round but kept pounding away. Hagler's forehead was spewing blood. After the fight was delayed early in the third round to check on Hearns' cuts, the champion turned up the power, concerned that the bout might be stopped. A series of Hagler right hands followed by a left knocked out "The Hitman" at 2:01 of the third.
"You have to take something to get something," said Hagler (61-2-2), who was riding a nine-year unbeaten streak. "And I went right in there after him." Said Hearns, who suffered his second loss: "I hope the people got their money's worth."Odds 'n' Ends