Middleweight boxing legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler passes away aged 66

Middleweight boxing legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler has passed away at the age of 66, his wife has confirmed.

Southpaw Hagler was undisputed middleweight champion between 1980 and 1987, and is an inductee of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Kay Hagler wrote on social media: "I am sorry to make a very sad announcement.

"Today unfortunately my beloved husband Marvelous Marvin passed away unexpectedly at his home here in New Hampshire.

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

Hagler – who legally changed his name to Marvelous in 1982 after being annoyed that commentators didn't refer to him by it – was twice named fighter of the year by Ring magazine, who also named him as the fourth greatest middleweight of all-time.

The New Jersey fighter is considered to have had one of the most durable chins in boxing history, and he was only knocked down once in his professional career.

His first round against Thomas Hearns in 1985 is widely remembered as one of the greatest in boxing history, and would come to be known as "The War", with Hagler winning inside the three rounds.

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The southpaw won 62 of his 67 fights, with 52 of those victories coming by knockout.

Promoter Frank Warren wrote on Twitter: "Rest In Peace Marvelous Marvin Hagler.

"Boxing lost an all time great today."

Legendary announcer Michael Buffer wrote: "I am crushed at the news that MARVELOUS MARVIN HAGLER has passed away!

"He was-in his prime-POUND4POUND-the best, going 11yrs in 38 fights w/o defeat! He dominated the MW division 4 a decade! 62 wins/52KOs-3 losses R.I.P. 4EVER CHAMPION-4EVER REMEMBERED"

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