Re: Thomas Hearns vs John Mugabi
This fight actually almost did take place back in 85'-86' when Tommy "The HitMan" Hearns was coming off the dramatic knockout loss to Marvelous Marvin Hagler and "Middleweight Mayhem," (Hagler vs John "The Beast" Mugabi & Hearns vs James "Black Gold" Shuler) was originally suppose to be Marvelous Marvin Hagler vs James Shuler & Tommy Hearns vs John Mugabi, at 154.
Hearns was suppose to fight Mugabi in defense of his at the time WBC(Ring Magazine) Jr. Middleweight title at 154 while Hagler was supoose to be fighting Shuler in defense of his Undisputed(Ring Magazine) World Middleweight belt at 160 before the promoter I guess for some reason decided that the styles of both fighters for both fights in particular would be better suited the other way around in what was suppose to be an actual prelude to a Hagler-Hearns rematch.
Hearns ended up fighting Shuler for Shuler's NABF Middleweight belt at 160 which worked out for him because that meant he didn't have to strain himself to make 154. Hearns took full advantage of that and the fact that Shuler, who sadly just two weeks after the fight died in a motorcycle accident in his native Philly, had never fought on the big PPV/CCT stage and froze which was why Hearns disposed of him in just 73-seconds, and Hagler's fight with Mugabi was all but unforgettable as "The Beast" was truly game in a match that both fighters left it all in the ring that night so much that at the fights conclusion Marvin was almost ready to announce his retirement right there and forgo the rematch with Hearns. His retirement was almost imminent at the time until of course ringside spectator Sugar Ray Leonard came out of retirement minus tuneups to challenge Marvin.
Tommy Hearns vs John Mugabi at 154 or 160 would have been very entertaining for as long as it lasted and Mugabi, for as stylistically flawed as he was as far as good defense was concerned, would've tagged Tommy with some pretty decent shots and rattle him for a little bit, especially with Hearns' trademark of fighting intentionally with his left hand low, but Hearn's recuperative powers and experience would over take Mugabi's limitations and he'd win this one on a dramatic and unforgettable mid to late rounds knockout: Hearns by ko in 7 or 9 rounds over Mugabi!