Did Hagler Duck Anyone

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  1. Joeywill

    Joeywill Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I wasn't around during his era but he's always known as a blue collar guy who was avoided.

    Did he duck anyone when he was champion?
     
  2. Dynamicpuncher

    Dynamicpuncher Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Not that I know of although I heard a Benitez fight was possibly on the cards after he beat Duran.
     
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  3. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo VIP Member Full Member

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    I don’t think so.
     
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  4. quintonjacksonfan

    quintonjacksonfan Active Member Full Member

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    Hagler would of fought Benitez as his mandatory if Benitez would of defeated Hamsho.
    He didn't duck anyone
     
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  5. surfinghb

    surfinghb Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    No. Many ducked him
     
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  6. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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  7. JackSilver

    JackSilver Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Yeah he ducked Graham who was one of his mandatory challengers cos nearing the end of his career he only wanted the big paydays against the big names an Graham brought nothing to the table.
     
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  8. Saintpat

    Saintpat Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Was Duran a mandatory?

    Was Hearns?

    Leonard, who hadn’t fought for three years?

    Benitez beat Duran and called out Hagler. He was junior middleweight champion and that fight would have been a PPV.

    Instead he fought Don Lee (who was not a mandatory) and later in the year he fought Fully Obel for a second time (he was mandatory, again, but Hagler/Arum had previously gotten mandatories like Juan Roldan to take step-aside money + a fight on the undercard to make mandatories wait. No reason they couldn’t have at least tried that to make a Benitez fight.

    For the record, I think Hagler beats Benitez but it’s not a written-in-stone guarantee. And regardless of whether anything thinks they know who would have won, Wilfred was by far his most attractive potential challenger in a year he completely wasted fighting two nobodies.
     
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    JohnThomas1 VIP Member Full Member

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  10. Loudon

    Loudon VIP Member Full Member

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    I think Hamsho put that to bed didn’t he.
     
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  11. Loudon

    Loudon VIP Member Full Member

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    That’s not a duck though.
     
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  12. Roughhouse

    Roughhouse Active Member Full Member

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    Why would he?

    With respect to SaintPat, who is a deservedly respected poster here, I think a Benitez defense would have been a one-sided bludgeoning that would have resembled an autopsy on someone still living.

    Hagler was beating really good middles like Scypion, Gibson and Hamsho into puddles of Goo. No one looked like they had a chance outside of Hearns and that turned out to be another one sided beatdown too that left Hearns in a puddle.
     
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  13. JohnThomas1

    JohnThomas1 VIP Member Full Member

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    If he had only one title and was stripped it'd be a duck but that most certainly wasn't the case.
     
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  14. greynotsoold

    greynotsoold Boxing Addict Full Member

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    He never fought Don Lee; that was derailed when Lee lost to DeWitt and, later, Sibson.
    You are confusing Don Lee with Caveman Lee.
     
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  15. Saintpat

    Saintpat Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Haha, my bad. William “Caveman” Lee was less qualified than “Dangerous” Don would have been. Thanks for catching it.
     
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