Originally Posted by fleaman
i WAS THINKING ABOUT mUGABI RECENTLY.
Did Hagler ruin him? Did subsequent drops back to 154 (the Norris blowout comes to mind) leave him with nothing left? Just surprised at how easy he was to blow away (McClellan did as well) post-Hagler, even though he looked sturdy in that fight.
I guess his psyche was gone after he was undefeated.
Yeah, he lost something in that fight most probably. I guess he was a bit unsure of himself thereafter, and didn't get past the 3rd round in his next fight against Duane Thomas when it appeared that he was thumbed. That might have crushed his confidence further.
But I dont know what he was doing outside of the ring. I heard he lost a lot of money gambling, and maybe he drank, maybe drugs, maybe just slacked off physically and mentally, maybe had other life distractions. It all adds up, and can further decrease durability.
Norris and McClellan were hungry young fighters. And good punchers.