By Wilmar Patino:
On a sensational Wednesday Night, of September 16, 1981, two all-time greats fought one of the best fights that I have seen in my life. It was an unforgettable night of an unforgettable decade of great fights. Sugar Ray Leonard, the WBC World Welterweight Champion faced the great Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns, the WBA World Welterweight King in a see-saw battle that went for 14 unforgettable rounds. Sugar Ray Leonard had already avenged his lost to Roberto Duran as he stepped in the ring as WBC champion with a record of 30-1 21KO’s. Opposite to Leonard was Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns who was the WBA champion and had an incredible undefeated record of 32-0 30KO’s. What would ensue next was a fight for the ages.
The crowd seemed hyped and ready for the fight from the opening bell. Thomas Hearns came out Boxing on his toes planting his feet every now and then and throwing some quick combinations. Leonard seemed to be playing a chess match and taking his time while finding his range. Hearns was jabbing Sugar Ray Leonard all night and tried to hurt Leonard any chance he had. Leonard would dance around, evade punches and counter up top. As the fight progressed Thomas Hearns seemed to be separating himself on the scorecards as Leonard’s eye began to swell. Hearns used his height and reach to his advantage while still managing to viciously attack Ray Leonard to the body. Punishing Leonard to the head and body and gradually slowing him down just a tad bit. It was a beautiful thing to watch.