Tommy Hearns

Tommy Hearns, born on October 18, 1958, in Memphis, Tennessee, is a retired professional boxer who is widely regarded as one of the greatest fighters in the history of the welterweight and super welterweight divisions. Hearns had a highly successful career and became known for his exceptional punching power, earning him the nickname “The Hitman.” Standing at 6 feet 1 inch tall with a long reach, Hearns possessed a devastating right hand and a dangerous left hook.

Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns

Hearns turned professional in 1977 and quickly gained attention for his knockout victories. He captured the WBA (World Boxing Association) welterweight title in 1980 with a second-round knockout of Pipino Cuevas, showcasing his extraordinary power. One of Hearns’ most memorable fights came in 1981 when he faced Sugar Ray Leonard in what was dubbed “The Showdown.” This highly anticipated bout was a unification fight for the welterweight titles. Hearns dominated the early rounds, knocking Leonard down in the second round. However, Leonard made a remarkable comeback, eventually stopping Hearns in the 14th round to win the fight.

Hearns went on to win multiple world titles in different weight divisions. He captured the WBC (World Boxing Council) super welterweight title, as well as the WBC and WBO (World Boxing Organization) middleweight titles. His fight against Marvin Hagler in 1985, which ended in a third-round knockout loss for Hearns, is considered one of the greatest and most brutal fights in boxing history.

Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler

Throughout his career, Hearns faced numerous top fighters and engaged in memorable bouts against opponents such as Roberto Duran, Wilfred Benitez, and Iran Barkley. He retired in 2006 with a professional record of 61 wins, 5 losses, and 1 draw, with 48 wins by knockout.

Tommy Hearns’ power, height, and exciting fighting style made him a fan favorite and a feared opponent in the ring. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2012, solidifying his place as one of the legends of the sport.

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