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Marvin Hagler. Photo: Getty

Marvin Hagler. Photo: Getty

Marvin Hagler. Photo: Getty

Former undisputed middleweight world champion ‘Marvelous’ Marvin Hagler has died at the age of 66, his wife announced on Saturday.

Hagler had ruled the division from 1979, but was dethroned following a controversial defeat by Sugar Ray Leonard in April 1987.

Kay Hagler wrote on the official Marvelous Marvin Hagler Fan Club Facebook page: “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.”

The tributes poured in from the boxing world as news of Halger's passing was confirmed with Barry McGuigan offers his reflections with this tweet:

New Jersey southpaw Hagler was only knocked down once during his professional career and defended his middleweight crown 12 times.

In September 1980, Hagler fought Alan Minter at Wembley Stadium, winning when the fight was stopped in the third round after the British boxer was badly cut.

During 1985, Hagler took on Thomas ‘Hitman’ Hearns at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, which he won in three brutal rounds of a contest which became known as “The War”.

Hagler’s record stood at 67 fights, with 62 wins, two draws and three defeats.

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