Boxing legend ‘Marvellous’ Marvin Hagler dies at 66

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American boxing legend Marvin Hagler, the undisputed world middleweight champion from 1980 to 1987 has died at age 66.

In a posting on the famed fighter’s Facebook page, Kay G Hagler said her husband passed away on Saturday at the family home in Bartlett, New Hampshire, Aljazeera reports.

“I am sorry to make a very sad announcement. Today unfortunately my beloved husband Marvellous Marvin passed away unexpectedly at his home here in New Hampshire,” she wrote.

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“Our family requests that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

‘Marvellous’ Marvin Hagler fought from 1973 to 1987 and delivered some epic bouts in a golden era of the sport, finishing with a record of 62-3 with two drawn and 52 knockouts.

The southpaw’s most heralded triumph came in a 1985 matchup at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas against Thomas ‘Hitman’ Hearns, which lasted just over eight minutes but was regarded as a classic that became known simply as “The War”.