He was only 66 years old. Saturday March 13, on Facebook, Kay Guarrera Hagler announced the death of her husband, legendary boxer Marvin Hagler. “‘Marvelous Marvin’ died unexpectedly at his home here in New Hampshire.” Social networks have since been in complete turmoil and many Internet users pay tribute to this middleweight champion. “The world has lost a great man today,” heavyweight shoe Lennox Lewis said on Twitter. “It hurts especially badly because he’s the one I emulated in my own training camps after seeing how seriously he takes his training camps.”
Other fighters like Oscar De La Hoya, Derek Chisora and Barry McGuigan broke the silence to pay him vibrant tributes. The causes of his death have not yet been specified. A formidable fighter, adept of a rather aggressive style of wrestling, Marvin Hagler was a middleweight champion from 1980 to 1987, until his loss to Sugar Ray Leonard. Out of his 67 professional fights, he won 62 victories, including 52 which ended in KO. Prestigious journey that began in 1969, after being the victim of a beating in the street by another boxer from New Jersey. Determined to embrace that same career, he lied about his age to be able to play his first tournaments as an amateur (he had to be 16 to run, he was only 14).
Exiled in Italy
On the heart side, Marvin Hagler was a happy man. From a first marriage to a certain Bertha, he became the father of five children, Charelle, Celeste, James, Marvin Jr., and Gentry. After his loss to Sugar Ray Leonard, he went into exile in Milan, Italy (alternating with his residence in New Hampshire), where he became an action movie star. It was in this same country that he met the second love of his life, his wife Kay Guarrera. The lovebirds were married in 2000 in Pioltello, still in Italy.
Marvin Hagler © Facebook Capture