On This Day – Marvin Hagler rallies to defeat the brilliant Roberto Duran over 15 rounds


Roberto Duran ahead after 13 rounds but Marvin Hagler pulls it out of the bag

MARVIN HAGLER w pts 15 ROBERTO DURAN
November 10, 1983; Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV

MARVIN HAGLER had watched Roberto
Duran terrorise Davey Moore to win a light-middleweight belt five months before
and anticipated a similar approach from the Panamanian ahead of their battle
for the world middleweight title. Hagler, it was reported at the time, trained
to counterpunch but struggled to adjust when Duran opted to box cleverly albeit
cautiously. What transpired was a riveting exhibition between two true legends
of the sport. At the end of 13 rounds, Hagler was down by a point on two cards
and level on the other yet he won the final two sessions to snatch a close
victory on points.

DID YOU KNOW? The excellent US publication, KO Magazine, asked 25 experts beforehand who they thought would win. All 25 picked Hagler, who opened as a hefty 4/1 favourite.

WATCH OUT FOR: Both Hagler and Duran going about their business. Duran’s use of the right hand is particularly impressive but perhaps the best thing to see here is Hagler’s nearly always impeccable combination punching.



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