Marvelous Marvin Hagler (born Marvin Nathaniel Hagler; May 23, 1954) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1973 to 1987. He reigned as undisputed middleweight champion from 1980 to 1987, making twelve successful defenses of that title, and currently holds the highest knockout percentage of all undisputed middleweight champions, at 78%, while also holding the second-longest unified championship reign in boxing history at twelve consecutive defenses. At six years and seven months, his reign as undisputed middleweight champion is the second-longest of the last century, behind only Tony Zale, whose reign included several years of inactivity during his service in World War II. In 1982, annoyed that network announcers often did not refer to him by his nickname "Marvelous", Hagler legally changed his name to "Marvelous Marvin Hagler".
Hagler is an inductee of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame. He was named Fighter of the Decade (1980s) by Boxing Illustrated magazine, and twice named Fighter of the Year by The Ring magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America. In 2001 and 2004, The Ring named him the fourth greatest middleweight of all time and in 2002 named him the 17th greatest fighter of the past 80 years. The International Boxing Research Organization rates Hagler as the 6th greatest middleweight of all time, while BoxRec rates him the 12th greatest boxer of all time, pound for pound; and the 4th best middleweight of all time. Many analysts and boxing writers consider Hagler to have one of the most durable chins in boxing history.
Hagler spent his early years in Newark, New Jersey's Central Ward. Following the Newark Riots of July 12–17, 1967, in which 26 people were killed and $11 million in property damage was caused, including the destruction of the Hagler's tenement, his family moved to Brockton, Massachusetts.
In 1969, Hagler took up boxing after being roughed up on the street by a local boxer—whom he later defeated—with his friends watching. The very next day after being roughed up, Hagler, determined to become a boxer himself, walked into a gym owned by brothers Pat and Goody Petronelli, who became his trainers and managers. As Hagler needed to be 16 in order to enter some amateur tournaments, he lied about his age, saying that he was born in 1952 instead of 1954. Hagler's real birth year publicly came to light in 1982 when he had to state his date of birth in order to change his legal name from Marvin Nathaniel Hagler to Marvelous Marvin Hagler. In 1973, Hagler won the National AAU 165-pound title after defeating a U.S. Marine from Atlanta, GA, Terry Dobbs:
National Golden Gloves (Light Middleweight), Lowell, Massachusetts, March 1973:
- 1/2: Lost to Dale Grant by decision
United States National Championships (Middleweight), Boston, Massachusetts, May 1973:
- Finals: Defeated Terry Dobbs by decision
He completed his amateur career with a 55–1 record.
Hagler was a top-ranked middleweight boxer for many years before he fought for the title. Hagler struggled to find high-profile opponents willing to face him in his early years. Joe Frazier told Hagler, 'You have three strikes against you, "You're black, you're a southpaw, and you're good.' He often had to travel to his opponents' hometowns to get fights. His first break came when he was offered --on two weeks' notice-- a chance against Willie 'the Worm' Monroe, who was being trained by Frazier. Hagler lost the decision but the fight was close, so Monroe gave him a rematch. This time Hagler knocked out Monroe in 12 rounds. In a third fight, he defeated Monroe in two rounds.
Boston promoter Rip Valenti took an interest in Hagler and began bringing in top ranked opponents for Hagler to face. He fought 1972 Olympics gold medalist Sugar Ray Seales; Hagler won the first time, the second was a draw and Hagler knocked out Seales in the third fight. Number 1 ranked Mike Colbert was knocked out in the twelfth and also had his jaw broken by Hagler. Briton Kevin Finnegan was stopped in eight. Afterwards Finnegan required 40 stitches in his face. He dropped a controversial decision to Bobby 'Boogaloo' Watts, but knocked out Watts in two rounds in a rematch. Hagler won a ten-round decision over 'Bad' Bennie Briscoe. By then, promoter Bob Arum took notice and signed him.
First title shot
In November 1979, Hagler fought World Middleweight Champion Vito Antuofermo at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. After fifteen rounds, most ringside observers thought that Hagler had won, even though Antuofermo had been closing the gap in the second half of the fight. Hagler claimed the ref said he won, but the ref denied ever saying it. Hagler claimed that he and many others were surprised when the decision was announced as a draw. This only added to Hagler's frustrations, as Antuofermo retained his title. Hagler had the boxing skills and killer instinct to knock Vito out, but instead he played it safe as Antuofermo closed the gap late in the fight and it cost Hagler the title.
Antuofermo lost his title later to British boxer Alan Minter, who gave Hagler his second title shot. Hagler went to Wembley Arena to face Minter. The tense atmosphere was stoked further when Minter was quoted as saying that "No black man is going to take my title"—Minter would later insist he meant "that black man". Hagler took command and his slashing punches soon opened up the cut-prone Minter. With Hagler dominating the action, referee Carlos Berrocal halted the fight during the third round to have the four glaring cuts on Minter's face examined. Minter's manager, Doug Bidwell, almost immediately conceded defeat. Once Berrocal waved the bout off, a riot broke out among the spectators. Clive Gammon of Sports Illustrated described the scene as "a horrifying ululation of howls and boos." Hagler and his trainers had to be escorted to their locker room by a phalanx of policemen, all the while enduring a steady rain of beer bottles and glasses. After seven years and 50 fights, Hagler was the World Middleweight Champion.
Hagler proved a busy world champion. He defeated future world champion Fulgencio Obelmejias of Venezuela by a knockout in eight rounds and then former world champ Antuofermo in a rematch by TKO in four rounds. Both matches were fought at the Boston Garden near Hagler's hometown, endearing him to Boston fight fans. Syrian born Mustafa Hamsho, who won his shot in an eliminator with Wilfred Benítez and would later defeat future world champion Bobby Czyz, became Hagler's next challenger, put up a lot of resistance but was finally beaten in 11 tough rounds. Michigan fighter William "Caveman" Lee lasted only one round, and in a rematch in Italy, Obelmejias lasted five rounds. British Champion (and mutual Alan Minter conqueror) Tony Sibson followed in Hagler's ever-growing list of unsuccessful challengers. Sibson provided one of the most entertaining (to this point) fights of Marvelous Marvin's career, but he ultimately fell short, lasting six rounds. Next, came Wilford Scypion, who only lasted four. By then, Hagler was a staple on HBO, the Pay Per View of its time.
Hagler vs. Durán
A fight against Roberto Durán followed. Durán was the first challenger to last the distance with Hagler in a world-championship bout. Durán was the WBA Light Middleweight Champion and went up in weight to challenge for Hagler's middleweight crown. Hagler won a unanimous 15-round decision, although after 13 rounds, Durán was ahead by one point on two scorecards and even on the third. Hagler, with his left eye swollen and cut, came on strong in the last two rounds to win the fight.
More title defenses
Then came Juan Roldán of Argentina, who became the only man to be credited with a knockdown of Hagler, scoring one knockdown seconds into the fight – which was clearly a slip to anyone who saw it. Hagler protested bitterly that he had been pulled/pushed to the canvas. Hagler cut Roldan's left eye, then brutalized him over ten rounds and stopping him in the middle of round ten. Sugar Ray Leonard was calling the fight ringside with HBO analyst Barry Tompkins. He noted to Tompkins between rounds that Hagler looked older and slower. "Marvin might finally be slowing down, Barry" Leonard remarked. Many people believe this is the fight that gave Sugar Ray Leonard the idea that he could actually win a fight with the aging Hagler. Hamsho was given a rematch, but the Syrian was again TKO'd, this time in only three rounds. Hamsho angered Hagler with a trio of intentional headbutts in the second round and a fourth early in the third, goading the normally patient and cautious Hagler into a full-out attack that left Hamsho battered and defenseless in a matter of seconds.
Hagler vs. Hearns
On April 15, 1985, Hagler and Thomas Hearns met in what was billed as The Fight; later it would become known as "The War." Round One: Three minutes of blistering violence. Within the first fifteen seconds, Hearns landed his best punch, a straight right, onto Hagler's chin. The champion stepped back, then came forward. At this point, Hagler began to walk through Hearns' power punches.
Round Two: Hagler was cut on his head from an unintentional elbow or headbutt. Despite the blood, the champion continued to push the fight forward. Hearns was fighting hurt as well, having suffered a broken right hand in the last minute of the first round. The pace continued as before, but now Hearns was backing up, trying to move around the ring. Hearns' trainer Emanuel Steward would later reveal Hearns had a leg massage, much to his dismay, before the fight. Hearns' legs by the end of the round were weakening.
Round Three: The pace slowed until Referee Richard Steele called a time out to have the ringside doctor examine the cut on Hagler's head. The crowd was on its feet for the next ten seconds, before the doctor allowed the fight to continue. Hagler charged the much taller Hearns, drilling in an overhand right behind Hearns' ear. Hearns' legs wobbled, and Hagler was on him quickly. Hearns topples to the canvas, rising at the count of eight, but collapses into Referee Steele's arms. The fight was then halted.
The fight lasted only eight minutes and one second, but it was rightly regarded as a classic. Commentator Al Michaels uttered the now-immortal line, "It didn't go very far, but it was a beauty!" The fight was named "Fight of the Year" by The Ring.
Hagler vs. Mugabi
Next was Olympic silver medalist John Mugabi of Uganda, who was 25–0 with 25 knockouts and was ranked the number one contender by all three major bodies. The fight took place on March 10, 1986 as Hagler had hurt his back and could not fight on the first date booked in 1985. Hagler stopped Mugabi in the 11th round of a brutal fight. Many ringside observers, including analyst Gil Clancy, noticed that Hagler was showing signs of advanced ring wear and age. He was much slower of hand and foot and seemed much easier to hit. He had also completely morphed his ring style from a slick, quick-fisted, boxer/puncher to a strictly flat-footed, stalking, slugger to compensate for his loss of speed and reflexes. Hagler was now said to be seriously considering retirement. Hagler's promoter Bob Arum was quoted as saying he was expecting Hagler to retire in the face of being challenged by Sugar Ray Leonard.
Hagler vs. Leonard
Hagler's next challenger was Sugar Ray Leonard, who was returning to the ring after a three-year retirement (having fought just once in the previous five years). During the pre-fight negotiations, in return for granting Hagler a larger share of the purse, Leonard obtained several conditions which would be crucial to his strategy: a 22x22ft ring instead of a smaller ring, 10 ounce gloves instead of 8 ounce gloves, and the fight was to be over 12 rounds instead of the 15 rounds favoured by Hagler. Leonard was 2 years younger, had half as many fights, and unbeknownst to Hagler, had engaged in several 'real' fights behind closed doors (i.e. gloves, rounds, a referee, judges and no head gear) in order to shake off his ring rust. The fight took place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on April 6, 1987. Hagler was the clear betting favorite after a dominant six and a half years as the reigning undisputed middleweight champion of the world, having knocked out all opponents as champion except in winning a very close unanimous decision over 15 rounds against Roberto Durán. It was Leonard's first fight at middleweight (160lbs weight limit). The fight was to be for Hagler's WBC, lineal and Ring middleweight titles only, as the WBA stripped Hagler of their belt for choosing to face Leonard instead of WBA mandatory challenger Herol Graham. The IBF, while keeping Hagler as their champion, refused to sanction his fight against Leonard, and said that the IBF middleweight title would be declared vacant if Hagler lost to Leonard.
Hagler, a natural southpaw, opened the fight boxing out of an orthodox stance. After the quick and slick Leonard won the first two rounds on all three scorecards, Hagler started the third round as a southpaw. Hagler then did much better, though Leonard's superior speed and quick flurries kept him in the fight. But by the fifth, Leonard, who was moving a lot, began to tire and Hagler started to get closer. As he tired Leonard began to clinch with more frequency (in total referee Richard Steele gave him over 30 warnings for holding, although never deducted a point). Hagler buckled Leonard's knees with a right uppercut near the end of the round, which finished with Leonard on the ropes. Hagler continued to score effectively in round six. Leonard, having slowed down, was obliged to fight more and run less.
In rounds seven and eight, Hagler's southpaw jab was landing solidly and Leonard's counter flurries were less frequent. Round nine was the most exciting round of the fight. Hagler hurt Leonard with a left cross and pinned him in a corner. Leonard was in trouble, then furiously tried to fight his way out of the corner. The action see-sawed back and forth for the rest of the round, with each man having his moments. Round ten was calmer even as Hagler continued to press forward and Leonard slowly got a second wind, as the pace slowed after the furious action of the previous round. Clearly tiring, Leonard boxed well in the eleventh. Every time Hagler scored, Leonard came back with something flashier, if not as effective. In the final round, Hagler continued to chase Leonard. He hit Leonard with a big left hand and backed him into a corner. Leonard responded with a flurry and danced away with Hagler in pursuit. The fight ended with Hagler and Leonard exchanging along the ropes. Hagler began dancing in celebration of his performance while Leonard alternately collapsed to the canvas and raised both his arms in triumph. Leonard threw 629 punches and landed 306, while Hagler threw 792 and landed 291.
Hagler later said that, as the fighters embraced in the ring after the fight, Leonard said to him, "You beat me man." Hagler said after the fight, "He said I beat him and I was so happy." Leonard denied making the statement and claimed he only told Hagler, "You're a great champion." HBO cameras and microphones supported Hagler's version of events.
Leonard was announced as the winner and new middleweight champion of the world by split decision (118–110, 115–113, 113–115), a result which remains hotly disputed to this day. The Hagler vs. Leonard fight divides fans, pundits, press and ringside observers arguably more than any other fight in boxing history, with scorecards varying as widely as 117–111 Hagler to 118–110 Leonard, and everything in between. The only near universally agreed views about the fight are that Hagler was foolish for starting the fight in an orthodox stance, that Leonard won the first two rounds and that Hagler won the fifth round. Every other round in the fight divides people as to who actually won them, or if the rounds were even.
Official ringside judge JoJo Guerra, whose scorecard of 118–110 in favour of Leonard was derided in many quarters, commented that:
Leonard outpunched Hagler, outsmarted him, outboxed him. He looked just great. Sugar Ray Leonard was making him miss a lot, and then counterpunching him. Sugar Ray Leonard was beating him to the punch. They should call him Marvelous Sugar Ray Leonard. Boxing is the art of self-defense, and Sugar Ray was in command at all times. He was very fast and he was very clever. He made Marvin Hagler come to him. He dictated the fight.
Judge Dave Moretti, who scored it 115–113 for Leonard, said:
Obviously, Hagler was the aggressor, but he was not the effective aggressor. You can't chase and get hit and chase and get hit, and get credit for it. Besides, the hardest punching was by Leonard.
Judge Lou Filippo, who scored it 115–113 for Hagler and felt that Hagler's bodyshots and aggression earned him the nod, said:
Hagler was doing all the work. The referee, Richard Steele, warned Leonard at least once every round about holding. Leonard fought in spurts. Leonard would run in and grab and hold. He did what he had to do. But I can't see a guy holding that much and getting points for it.
Hugh McIlvanney, commenting in the British Sunday Times and Sports Illustrated:
What Ray Leonard pulled off in his split decision over Hagler was an epic illusion. He had said beforehand that the way to beat Hagler was to give him a distorted picture. But this shrewdest of fighters knew it was even more important to distort the picture for the judges. His plan was to "steal" rounds with a few flashy and carefully timed flurries and to make the rest of each three-minute session as unproductive as possible for Hagler by circling briskly away from the latter's persistent pursuit. When he made his sporadic attacking flourishes, he was happy to exaggerate hand speed at the expense of power, and neither he nor two of the scorers seemed bothered by the fact that many of the punches landed on the champion's gloves and arms.
McIlvanney also referred to Budd Schulberg's contention about a 'compound optical illusion', namely that by being the underdog and more competitive than expected against the dominant undisputed champion in Hagler meant that Leonard appeared more effective and to be doing more than he actually was. Leonard himself had said to journalists before the fight "the reason I will win is because you don't think I can". Harry Gibbs, the British judge who ironically had been rejected by Pat Petronelli from Hagler's camp and replaced by JoJo Guerra, said he scored it 115–113 for Hagler when he watched the fight at home.
Jim Murray, long-time sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times felt that Leonard deservedly got the decision, arguing that Leonard landed more punches and showed better defense and ring generalship, and writing:
It wasn't even close...He didn't just outpoint Hagler, he exposed him. He made him look like a guy chasing a bus. In snowshoes. Leonard repeatedly beat Hagler to the punch. When he did, he hit harder. He hit more often. He made Hagler into what he perceived him to be throughout his career—a brawler, a swarmer, a man who could club you to death only if you stood there and let him. If you moved, he was lost.
The scorecards from the ringside press and broadcast media attest to the polarizing views and opinions of the fight:
Hagler requested a rematch but Leonard chose to retire again (the third of five high-profile retirements announced by Leonard during his professional boxing career), having said he would do so beforehand. 14 months after their fight, Hagler retired from boxing in June 1988, declaring that he was "tired of waiting" for Leonard to grant him a rematch. Just a month after Hagler's retirement, Leonard announced another boxing comeback to fight against WBC light-heavyweight champion Donny Lalonde at the 168lbs super-middleweight limit. In 1990, Leonard finally offered Hagler a rematch which reportedly would have earned him $15m, but he declined. By then, Hagler had settled down into a new life as an actor in Italy and was now uninterested in his past boxing life. Hagler said "A while ago, yeah, I wanted him so bad, but I'm over that." At the 1994 Consumer Electronics Show Hagler and Leonard had a mock rematch by playing against each other in the video game Boxing Legends of the Ring, and claimed that an actual rematch was being planned.
Professional boxing record
|67 fights||62 wins||3 losses|
|67||Loss||62–3–2||Sugar Ray Leonard||SD||12||Apr 6, 1987||Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Lost WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles|
|66||Win||62–2–2||John Mugabi||KO||11 (12), 1:29||Mar 10, 1986||Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBA, WBC, IBF, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles|
|65||Win||61–2–2||Thomas Hearns||TKO||3 (12), 1:52||Apr 15, 1985||Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBA, WBC, IBF, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles|
|64||Win||60–2–2||Mustafa Hamsho||TKO||3 (15), 2:31||Oct 19, 1984||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained WBA, WBC, IBF, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles|
|63||Win||59–2–2||Juan Roldán||TKO||10 (15), 0:39||Mar 30, 1984||Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBA, WBC, IBF, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles|
|62||Win||58–2–2||Roberto Durán||UD||15||Nov 10, 1983||Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBA, WBC, IBF, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles|
|61||Win||57–2–2||Wilford Scypion||KO||4 (15), 2:47||May 27, 1983||Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.||Retained The Ring and lineal middleweight titles;|
Won inaugural IBF middleweight title
|60||Win||56–2–2||Tony Sibson||TKO||6 (15), 2:40||Feb 11, 1983||Centrum, Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.||Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles|
|59||Win||55–2–2||Fulgencio Obelmejias||TKO||5 (15), 2:35||Oct 30, 1982||Teatro Ariston, Sanremo, Italy||Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles|
|58||Win||54–2–2||William Lee||TKO||1 (15), 1:07||Mar 7, 1982||Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles|
|57||Win||53–2–2||Mustafa Hamsho||TKO||11 (15), 2:09||Oct 3, 1981||Horizon, Rosemont, Illinois, U.S.||Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles|
|56||Win||52–2–2||Vito Antuofermo||RTD||4 (15), 3:00||Jun 13, 1981||Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.||Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles|
|55||Win||51–2–2||Fulgencio Obelmejias||TKO||8 (15), 0:20||Jan 17, 1981||Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.||Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles|
|54||Win||50–2–2||Alan Minter||TKO||3 (15), 1:45||Sep 27, 1980||Wembley Arena, London, England||Won WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles|
|53||Win||49–2–2||Marcos Geraldo||UD||10||May 17, 1980||Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|52||Win||48–2–2||Bobby Watts||TKO||2 (10)||Apr 19, 1980||Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, Maine, U.S.|
|51||Win||47–2–2||Loucif Hamani||KO||2 (10), 1:42||Feb 16, 1980||Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, Maine, U.S.|
|50||Draw||46–2–2||Vito Antuofermo||SD||15||Nov 30, 1979||Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||For WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles|
|49||Win||46–2–1||Norberto Rufino Cabrera||TKO||8 (10)||Jun 30, 1979||Esplanade de Fontvieille, Monte Carlo, Monaco|
|48||Win||45–2–1||Jamie Thomas||TKO||3 (10), 2:38||May 26, 1979||Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, Maine, U.S.|
|47||Win||44–2–1||Bob Patterson||TKO||3 (10), 1:00||Mar 12, 1979||Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.|
|46||Win||43–2–1||Sugar Ray Seales||TKO||1 (10), 1:26||Feb 3, 1979||Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|45||Win||42–2–1||Willie Warren||TKO||7 (10)||Nov 11, 1978||Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|44||Win||41–2–1||Bennie Briscoe||UD||10||Aug 24, 1978||Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|43||Win||40–2–1||Kevin Finnegan||TKO||7 (10)||May 13, 1978||Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|42||Win||39–2–1||Doug Demmings||TKO||8 (10)||Apr 7, 1978||Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|41||Win||38–2–1||Kevin Finnegan||TKO||9 (10)||Mar 4, 1978||Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|40||Win||37–2–1||Mike Colbert||TKO||12 (15)||Nov 26, 1977||Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.||Won vacant Massachusetts middleweight title|
|39||Win||36–2–1||Jim Henry||UD||10||Oct 15, 1977||Marvel Gymnasium, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.|
|38||Win||35–2–1||Ray Phillips||TKO||7 (10), 1:11||Sep 24, 1977||Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|37||Win||34–2–1||Willie Monroe||TKO||2 (10), 1:46||Aug 23, 1977||Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.||Won vacant North American middleweight title|
|36||Win||33–2–1||Roy Jones Sr.||TKO||3 (10), 2:10||Jun 10, 1977||Civic Center, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.|
|35||Win||32–2–1||Reggie Ford||KO||3 (10), 2:14||Mar 16, 1977||Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|34||Win||31–2–1||Willie Monroe||TKO||12 (12), 1:20||Feb 15, 1977||John B. Hynes Memorial Auditorium, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|33||Win||30–2–1||George Davis||TKO||6 (10), 2:56||Dec 21, 1976||John B. Hynes Memorial Auditorium, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|32||Win||29–2–1||Eugene Hart||RTD||8 (10)||Sep 14, 1976||Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|31||Win||28–2–1||DC Walker||TKO||6 (10)||Aug 3, 1976||Schneider Arena, North Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.|
|30||Win||27–2–1||Bob Smith||TKO||5 (10), 2:05||Jun 2, 1976||Roseland Ballroom, Taunton, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|29||Loss||26–2–1||Willie Monroe||UD||10||Mar 9, 1976||Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|28||Win||26–1–1||Matt Donovan||TKO||2 (10), 2:40||Feb 7, 1976||Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|27||Loss||25–1–1||Bobby Watts||MD||10||Jan 13, 1976||Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|26||Win||25–0–1||Johnny Baldwin||UD||10||Dec 20, 1975||John B. Hynes Memorial Auditorium, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|25||Win||24–0–1||Lamont Lovelady||TKO||7 (10)||Sep 30, 1975||Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|24||Win||23–0–1||Jesse Bender||KO||1 (10), 1:38||Aug 7, 1975||Exposition Building, Portland, Maine, U.S.|
|23||Win||22–0–1||Jimmy Owens||DQ||6 (10)||May 24, 1975||Brockton High School Gymnasium, Brockton, Massachusetts, U.S.||Owens disqualified for repeated clinching|
|22||Win||21–0–1||Jimmy Owens||SD||10||Apr 14, 1975||Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|21||Win||20–0–1||Joey Blair||KO||2 (10), 2:22||Mar 31, 1975||Harvard Club, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|20||Win||19–0–1||Dornell Wigfall||KO||6 (10), 1:25||Feb 15, 1975||Brockton High School Gymnasium, Brockton, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|19||Win||18–0–1||DC Walker||TKO||2 (10), 2:58||Dec 20, 1974||Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|18||Draw||17–0–1||Sugar Ray Seales||MD||10||Nov 26, 1974||Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington, U.S.|
|17||Win||17–0||George Green||KO||1 (10), 0:30||Nov 16, 1974||Brockton High School Gymnasium, Brockton, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|16||Win||16–0||Morris Jordan||TKO||4 (10), 2:20||Oct 29, 1974||Brockton High School Gymnasium, Brockton, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|15||Win||15–0||Sugar Ray Seales||UD||10||Aug 30, 1974||WNAC-TV Studio, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|14||Win||14–0||Peachy Davis||KO||1 (10), 1:00||Aug 13, 1974||Sargent Field, New Bedford, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|13||Win||13–0||Bobby Williams||TKO||3 (10), 1:11||Jul 16, 1974||Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|12||Win||12–0||Curtis Phillips||TKO||5 (10)||May 30, 1974||Exposition Building, Portland, Maine, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||James Redford||TKO||2 (10)||May 4, 1974||Brockton High School Gymnasium, Brockton, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|10||Win||10–0||Tracy Morrison||TKO||8 (10), 2:04||Apr 5, 1974||WNAC-TV Studio, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Bob Harrington||KO||5 (10), 2:00||Feb 5, 1974||Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||James Redford||KO||4 (8)||Dec 18, 1973||John B. Hynes Memorial Auditorium, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Manny Freitas||TKO||1 (8), 1:33||Dec 6, 1973||Exposition Building, Portland, Maine, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Cocoa Kid||KO||2 (8)||Nov 17, 1973||Brockton, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Cove Green||TKO||4 (8), 1:27||Oct 26, 1973||Brockton High School Gymnasium, Brockton, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Dornell Wigfall||PTS||8||Oct 6, 1973||Brockton High School Gymnasium, Brockton, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Muhammed Smith||KO||2 (6)||Aug 8, 1973||Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Sonny Williams||UD||6||Jul 25, 1973||Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Terry Ryan||KO||2 (4)||May 18, 1973||Brockton High School Gymnasium, Brockton, Massachusetts, U.S.|
Career after boxing
After the loss to Leonard, Hagler moved to Italy, where he became a well-known star of action films. His roles include a US Marine in the films Indio and Indio 2. In 1996, he starred alongside Giselle Blondet in Virtual Weapon. Hagler has provided boxing commentary for British television. Another foray into the entertainment field includes work in the video game Fight Night: Round 3.
Former middleweight southpaw boxer Robbie Sims is Hagler's brother. Hagler has five children with his first wife, Bertha: Charelle, Celeste, James, Marvin Jr., and Gentry. Although he owns a home in Bartlett, New Hampshire, Hagler currently lives in Milan. In May 2000, he married his second wife Kay, an Italian woman, in Pioltello, Italy.
Awards and recognitions
- Named Fighter of the Decade (1980s) by Boxing Illustrated
- Named Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year for 1983 and 1985.
- Named Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year for 1983 and 1985.
- Inducted into both the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993.
- During the 2016 edition of "Sport Movies & TV - Milano International FICTS Fest" Fosbury was awarded with the Excellence Guirlande D'Honneur and entered in the FICTS "Hall Of Fame".