Sugar Ray Leonard overcomes factors deficit to cease Thomas Hearns in epic battle
SUGAR RAY LEONARD w rsf 14 THOMAS HEARNS
September 16, 1981; Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV
IN 1981, Thomas Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard produced an exhibition – or ought to we are saying a lesson – of what occurs when two nice fighters meet whereas at their respective peaks. The negotiations, in line with Hearns’ coach, Emanuel Steward, lasted barely half an hour so had been each events in proving their supremacy. Leonard, cautious of Hearns’ proper hand, boxed cautiously over the primary 5 earlier than hurting his man within the sixth and seventh. “The Hit Man” went from predator to boxer, utilizing his jab to at occasions bewitch Sugar Ray and construct a lead on the playing cards. Leonard – a slim favorite when the books opened however the underdog by the point the opening bell sounded – broke via within the 13th to arrange the end within the 14th.
DID YOU KNOW? A fortnight earlier than the bout, it was reported that Hearns had damaged the jaw of his sparring companion, future world champion Marlon Starling.
WATCH OUT FOR: That well-known second when Leonard’s coach Angelo Dundee tells his cost that he’s “blowing it, son”.