Re: Was Hearns stopped prematurely against SRL?
Hearns wasn't quite running on half empty regarding stamina as made out be against Leonard. It's just a myth. He was tired, no question, but every fighter has a certain degree of fatigue about them during the late rounds of a gruelling fight. Its wasn't an all out war, but it was a physically demanding affair for both fighters up until the finish.
Watch the start of the 14th round and you'll see Hearns up on the balls of his feet, getting off with punches, and doing reasonably fine until Leonard caught him along the ropes.
IMO Leonard's fists were the main problem for Hearns during the 13th and 14th rounds, not tiredness.