Marvin Hagler retained his middleweight crown …

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Marvin Hagler retained his middleweight crown #OnThisDay in 1981 when his clash with ex-champ Vito Antuofermo ended in the anticipated bloodbath at Boston Garden.
The fight was stopped by Antuofermo’s corner at the end of the fourth. Vito was badly cut over the right eye after the fighters clashed heads in the fourth.
Antuofermo had already been cut in several places: a gash on the hairline in the first round, a cut under the right eye, a small one by the side of the left eye, a slice on the left cheek and yet another above the left eyebrow.
Veteran trainer Freddie Brown, in Vito’s corner, was furious. He claimed Hagler had deliberately butted his man. The fight nearly ended after just a round with Brown shouting a referee Davey Pearl to disqualify Hagler.
“I don’t care how I did it,” the champion said later. “That’s the game of boxing.”
Antuofermo had fought a controversial draw with Hagler in 1979 when Vito was the champion.
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