Originally Posted by Mantequilla
I agree with Robbi on the tiredness thing.It's become something many seem to just accept without watching the fight.
Both fighters had slowed very slightly with it being late on obviously, but other than that Hearns was still going very strong until Leonard beat him from pillar to post.
Had Leonard not caught he would have gone 15 with ease.
When a fighter gets stopped during the late rounds of a fight or shows serious stamina problems down the stretch to lose a decision, its a viable and common excuse. It's hardly taking credit away from the opponent who conquered you. Injuries yes, and serious troubles outside of the ring leading up to a fight. Was it a fluke, because of certain circumstances in one being defeated?.
I have an old Ring magazine from a few months after the fight. Hearns awnsers questions regarding the fight, and specific questions include how he performed, Leonard's stratgey, and obviously what went wrong for him during the late rounds. Hearns said his stamina wasn't a problem, and even stated he never had problems making the weight.