The War: Hagler-Hearns and Three Rounds For The Ages | Hamilcar Publications

The War: Hagler-Hearns and Three Rounds For The Ages

Coming September 2021!

The battle between Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns is remembered as one of the greatest fights of all time. But in the months before the two finally collided on April 15, 1985, there was a feeling in the air that boxing was in trouble. The biggest name in the business, Sugar Ray Leonard, was retired with no logical replacement in sight, while the American Medical Association was calling for a ban on the sport.

With Hagler–Hearns looking like boxing’s last hurrah, promoter Bob Arum embarked on one the most audacious publicity campaigns in history, hyping the bout until the entire country was captivated. Arum’s task was difficult. He’d spent years trying and failing to make Hagler a star, while Hearns was a gifted but inconsistent performer. Could Arum possibly get a memorable fight out of these two moody, unpredictable warriors?

The Hagler–Hearns fight is now part of history, but The War by Don Stradley explores the many factors behind the event, and how it helped establish what many feel was boxing’s greatest era. With additional commentary from many who were there, Stradley shows the unlikely path taken by two fighters searching for greatness. They didn’t care how many punches they endured, as long as it led to stardom. When the fight was over, however, each learned that fame inflicted its own kind of damage.

Details

  • Publication Date: September 14, 2020
  • Author: Don Stradley
  • Edition: 1st
  • Availability: World
  • ISBN: 9781949590371
  • Page Count: 344
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dimensions: 6″ X 9″
  • List Price: $29.99 | £22.99 GBP
  • Distribution: Two Rivers

 

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Author

Don Stradley is the author of Berserk: The Shocking Life and Death of Edwin Valero (Hamilcar Publications), Slaughter in the Streets: When Boston Became Boxing’s Murder Capital (Hamilcar Publications), Fistful of Murder : The Fights and Crimes of Carlos Monzon (Hamilcar Publications), Schooled, a dual biography of Lebron James and Jim Morris (Scholastic), and a chapter in The Ultimate Book of Boxing Lists by Bert Sugar and Teddy Atlas. Stradley is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in publications, including The Ring, Ringside Seat, and ESPN.com. Along with his boxing coverage, he’s written about baseball, NASCAR, and professional wrestling. When not writing about sports, he’s written about the movies for such magazines as Cinema Retro and Noir City.