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On Its 30th Anniversary, Relive Hagler vs. Hearns — The Greatest Three Round Fight *Ever*

April 15th has never been known to be a forgiving or even modestly pleasant occasion, historically speaking. It marked the death of Lincoln, the sinking of the Titanic, the Great Mississippi Flood, the Boston Marathon bombing, and perhaps worst of all, it’s tax day. Tax day, you guys. Tax day. It also happens to be the day of my birth.

But it’s not all bad. General Electric was formed on April 15th, 1892. Jackie Robinson made his major league debut on April 15th, 1947. And just earlier today, Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of first degree murder. But arguably greater than GE or Jackie or the fact that McDonalds opened it’s first restaurant on this most historic of dates, was the fight that occurred between between Marvin Hagler and Tommy Hearns.

The date was April 15th, 1985, and undisputed champion Tommy Hearns found himself standing across the ring from who would turn out to be a truly formidable challenger in “Marvelous” Marvin. I won’t retell a story that’s been told a million times, but suffice it to say, “The War” is undoubtedly one of my favorite boxing matches of all time — a back-and-forth slugfest that can legitimately be called “epic” without sounding hyperbolic.

So on its 30th anniversary, relive this brilliant three-round slobberknocker with me and raise a glass. This is combat at its finest.

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