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Thomas Hearns

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Real name Thomas Hearns
Nickname Hitman, Motor City Cobra
Rated at Welterweight
Nationality American
Birth date October 18, 1958 (1958-10-18) (age 49)
Birth place Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 67
Wins 61
Wins by KO 48
Losses 5
Draws 1
No contests 0

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Blessed with exceptional height for a welterweight (6'1"), a broad back, and unusually long arms, Hearns has been known for his destructive punching power. His promotional fight names are "Thomas Hit Man Hearns," and "The Motor City Cobra." Welterweight is a weight class division in combat sports. ... A hitman (alternately, hit man) is a hired assassin, often by organized crime. ... This article refers to the largest city of Michigan. ... Egyptian Cobra, Naga haje This article is about snakes. ...


He is known best for his devastating right hand, and for carrying his left hand low — a stance he uses to lure foes into an exchange, as well as to maximize the speed and change the angle of his jab, a technique called the "flicker jab". He has scored many memorable knockouts in his career, and is widely considered as one of the greatest boxers of all time. A jab A jab is one of the four main punches used in boxing, the three others being the uppercut, the hook and the cross. ...

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Amateur career

Hearns has an outstanding amateur record of 155–8. In 1977 Hearns was named the National Amateur Athletic Union Light Welterweight champion, defeating Bobby Joe Young of Steubenville, OH , in the finals. He went on to become the 1977 National Golden Gloves Light welterweight champion. - The Amateur Athletic Union, widely known as the AAU, was formed in United States. ... Welterweight is a weight class division in combat sports. ... Golden Gloves The Golden Gloves is the name given to annual competitions for amateur boxing in the United States. ...


Professional career

Hearns began his professional boxing career in Detroit, Michigan, under the tutelage of Emanuel Steward in 1977. Emanuel Steward (born 1944) is a boxing trainer who is in the International Boxing Hall Of Fame. ...


He won seven world championships in six weight classes during his pro career, beating such notables as Roberto Duran, Virgil Hill, Dennis Bolton and Mark Medal. Roberto Duran (b. ... Virgil Hill (born January 18, 1964) is a Joplin, Missouri fighter partly of Native American heritage, who forged a solid connection between the state of North Dakota and the sport of boxing. ...


He won his first championship by KO'ing Pipino Cuevas in the 2nd round of their fight in 1980. After defending the World Boxing Association championship three times against Luis Primera, Randy Shields, and Pablo Baez.


He won the world boxing association championship junior middleweight title from Wilfred Benitez in New Orleans in December 1982 and defended that title against Luigi Minchillo, Roberto Duran, Fred Hutchings, and Mark Medal. During his reign at this weight, he also ventured into the middleweight division as well, where his rival was world champion Marvin Hagler. Wilfred Benitez (born September 12, 1958 in New York, New York), is a Puerto Rican boxer. ... Marvelous Marvin Hagler (born Marvin Nathaniel Hagler in Newark, New Jersey, May 23, 1954), is a former American boxer. ...


Other notable title fights included his 10th-round TKO of Dennis Andries to win the world boxing association championship light heavyweight title in March 1987, his four-round destruction of the feared Juan Roldan later that year to claim the vacant WBC middleweight title, his TKO upset loss to Iran Barkley in his first defense of that same title, his convincing decision against Virgil Hill to win Hill's WBA light heavyweight title in 1991, and his rematch loss to Barkley in 1992. Virgil Hill (born January 18, 1964) is a Joplin, Missouri fighter partly of Native American heritage, who forged a solid connection between the state of North Dakota and the sport of boxing. ...


Despite having a top-class record, including a 2nd round KO of Roberto Duran, Hearns was frequently overshadowed by his loss to both Sugar Ray Leonard and Marvin Hagler, despite putting in good performances against both. In his 1981 welterweight unification fight against Leonard, Hearns was ahead on the scorecards before losing by TKO. Four years later, he was KOed by Hagler in the 3rd round in a fight later dubbed "The War". Ray Charles Leonard (born May 17, 1956 in Wilmington, North Carolina) is a retired professional boxer. ... The War was the nickname given by promoter Bob Arum to boxings world Middleweight championship bout between world champion Marvin Hagler and challenger Thomas Hearns, who was himself the worlds Jr. ...


Hearns had to wait until 1989 for a rematch with Sugar Ray Leonard, a fight which much of the public believed he won, flooring Leonard in both the 3rd and 11th rounds. However, the judges scored the fight a draw.


Hearns continued to fight into his late forties. On February 4th, 2006, he beat Shannon Landberg at the Palace of Auburn Hills to raise his career record to 61-5-1 with 48 knockouts.


Accomplishments

  1. The 11th man to win three (3) different titles in three (3) different weight divisions (1987-03-07): 147 to 154 to 175 to be a Triple Champion.
  2. The first man to win four (4) world titles in four (4) weight classes (1987-10-29): from 147 to 154 to 175 to 160 to be the first ever Quadruple Champion in boxing.
  3. The first man to win a world title at welterweight (147) and then later win a world title at super middleweight (1988-11-04).
  4. The first man to win a world title at welterweight (147) and then later win a world title at light-heavyweight (1987-03-07).
  5. The first man to win a world title at welterweight (147) and then later win a world title (minor) at cruiserweight (1999-04-10).
  6. The first man to win a world title at super welterweight (154) and then later win a world title at super middleweight (1988-11-04).
  7. The first man to win a world title at super welterweight (154) and then later win a world title at light-heavyweight (1987-03-07).
  8. The first man to win a world title at super welterweight (154) and then later win a world title (minor) at cruiserweight (1999-04-10).
  9. The first man to win a world title at middleweight (160) and then later win a world title at super middleweight (1988-11-04).
  10. The first man to win a world title at middleweight (160) and then later win a world title (minor) at cruiserweight (1999-04-10).
  11. The first man to win a world title at super middleweight (168) and then later win a world title at light heavyweight title (1991-06-03).
  12. The first man to win a world title at super middleweight (168) and then later win a world title (minor) at cruiserweight (1999-04-10).
  13. The first man to win a world title at light heavyweight (175) and then later win a world title at middleweight (1987-10-29).
  14. The first man to win a world title at light heavyweight (175), win a world title at middleweight and later win a new light heavyweight title (1991-06-03): from 175 to 160 to 175.
  15. The 42th WBA world welterweight (147) champion.
  16. The 18th WBC world super welterweight (154) champion.
  17. The 11th The Ring super welterweight (154) champion.
  18. The 19th WBC world middleweight (160) champion.
  19. The first ever WBO world super middleweight (168) champion.
  20. The 14th WBC world light heavyweight (175) champion.
  21. The 36th WBA world light heavyweight (175) champion.
  22. The 8th WBU world cruiserweight (200) champion.
  23. The 7th IBO world cruiserweight champion.

In different sports when a sportsman wins three crowns, titles, medals, belts or another distinctions is called a Triple Champion. ... In Boxing a Quadruple Champion is that fighter that win world titles in at least four different categories of weight or divisions. ...

Personal

Hearns' family is a fixture on the Detroit sports scene. His mother, Lois Hearns, is a fight promoter. Their company, 'Hearns Entertainment', has promoted many cards, including the Mike Tyson-Andrew Golota bout in 2000. His son Ronald Hearns is a rising boxer, and has fought on the undercard of his father's recent fights. Andrzej Gołota (born January 5, 1968) is a professional boxer from Poland who has been involved in many controversial fights. ...


References

Ryo Mashiba, a fictitious character from the Japanese anime Hajime no Ippo, is known for using Thomas Hearns' boxing style (which he refers to as the Hitman style, after Hearns' popular nickname), specifically the flicker jab. Mashiba, like Hearns, also possesses exceptional height, reach and power. Ryo Mashiba in his Hitman Style fighting stance Ryo Mashiba is a fictional character from the anime and manga series Fighting Spirit (Japanese Title - はじめの一歩, Hajime no Ippo). ... Fighting Spirit, known in Japan as Hajime no Ippo (はじめの一歩) is a sports anime and manga series created by Jyoji George Morikawa (森川ジョージ) which was serialized by Kodansha in Shonen Weekly (週刊少年マガジン). A...


Trivia

  • Professional wrestler Bret Hart adopted the "Hit man" nickname as his own. In an easter Egg of Hart's DVD, The Best There Is, The Best There Was, The Best There Ever Will Be, Hart tells about how he finally met Hearns after years of use and Hearns stated "Well, you've done well with the nickname", indicating his blessing for Bret to continue using it. Thomas Hearns and his family appeared on "Family Feud" with Richard Dawson playing against Milton "ice Man" McCory. The Hearns family won.

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Thomas Hearns
Preceded by
Pipino Cuevas
WBA Welterweight Champion
August 2, 1980–September 16, 1981
Succeeded by
Sugar Ray Leonard
Preceded by
Wilfred Benitez
WBC Light Middleweight boxing champion
December 3, 1982–1986
Succeeded by
Duane Thomas
Preceded by
Dennis Andries
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
March 7, 1987–1987
Succeeded by
Vacancy filled by
Donny Lalonde
Preceded by
Vacated by
Sugar Ray Leonard
WBC Middleweight Champion
October 29, 1987June 6 1988
Succeeded by
Iran Barkley
Preceded by
Inaugural Champion
WBO Super Middleweight Champion
November 4, 1988–1990
Succeeded by
Vacancy filled by
Chris Eubank
Preceded by
Virgil Hill
WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
June 3, 1991–March 20, 1992
Succeeded by
Iran Barkley

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Thomas Hearns and Emanuel Steward Boxing Autographs (0 words)
Hearns won the WBC super welterweight championship in 1982 by beating Wilfred Benitez and he was named fighter of the year again in 1984 after knocking out Roberto Duran to win the WBA version of the title.
Hearns won his fifth championship, in the new super middleweight division, by beating James Kinchen in 1988.
Hearns lost the title to Iran Barkley in a 12-round split decision on March 20, 1992.
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