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After 12 successful title defenses, the boxing icon’s career and reign as champion ended in 1987 with a controversial 12-round loss to “Sugar” Ray Leonard. He officially announced his retirement the following year and moved to Italy, where he became an action movie actor.
During his professional boxing career, Hagler scored 62 wins, 3 losses and 2 draws, with 52 knockout wins. Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993.
Many in the boxing community mourned Hagler’s loss, and they paid homage to the man who had dominated the middleweight division for nearly a decade.