80s icon Marvin Hagler won an action-packed bout against Kelly Pavlik on Tuesday night at the eMGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Simulated on EA Sports ‘Fight Night Champion’ and broadcast via World Boxing Super Series Facebook, Marvelous Marvin Hagler scored an 8th round knockout of ‘The Ghost’ Kelly Pavlik to face Sugar Ray Robinson in Friday’s semi-final of the ‘eWBSS Middleweight Legends Tournament’.
Both boxers suffered cuts during the highly competitive battle which saw Pavlik being crushed to the floor with big left shot already in the third. He got up and started to return fire, but never enough to seriously hurt the legend. Pavlik did play his part showing his fighting heart, and it was a back and forth drama that could have gone either way if it went the distance. But Hagler proved better in the crucial moments of the fight.
In the 8th, a left uppercut caught Pavlik under his chin and sent him to the canvas and as he struggled to rise, the referee reached the count of ten. Two scorecards had it 67-65 in favour of Hagler, while the third judge scored it 66-66 even at the time of the stoppage.
Wednesday’s quarter-final is another mouthwatering match-up, Sugar Ray Leonard vs Ronald ‘Winky’ Wright and as always at 7pm (GMT) on World Boxing Super Series Facebook.
eLeonard-eWright Preview: The Greatest Showman Enters The Stage
Tournament 2 seed Sugar Ray Leonard vs Ronald ‘Winky’ Wright is Wednesday’s fascinating fantasy match-up in the quarter-finals of the ‘eWBSS Middleweight Legends Tournament’ broadcast at 7pm on World Boxing Super Series Facebook.
Sugar Ray Leonard was part of the famous ‘The Fabulous Four’ consisting of himself and ’Marvelous’ Marvin Hagler, Roberto ‘Hands of Stone’ Duran and Tommy ‘Hitman’ Hearns. Four of the best fighters in history in boxing’s greatest rivalry.
Who is best of the four middleweight legends can be debated until the day we move around freely again in society, or maybe longer. One can lead the case for either depending on temperament and preferences.
In the case for Leonard is the fact that he beat them all, he lost one against Duran in their trilogy and drew against Hearns in a two-parter, but he conquered them all.
Leonard competed from 1977 to 1997, winning world titles in five weight divisions. Sugar Ray was a ring artist who combined tremendous hand speed with superior foot movement, showmanship with elite-level athleticism. His style had a touch of Ali on his finest days.
Ronald ‘Winky’ Wright, Leonard’s opponent in tonight’s ‘eWBSS Middleweight Legends Tournament’ quarter-final, was active in the ring from 1990 to 2012 and is a two-time light middleweight world champion. Wright was a great all-round boxer with lots of flair, defensively excellent and knew when to counter and take the fight to the man in front of him. Most celebrated for beating ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley twice after Mosley had stripped Oscar De La Hoya of his WBA Super, WBC, and The Ring World light middleweight titles.
Tonight the eSport character of ‘Winky’ has the chance of adding more sugar to the story of Ronald Wright.
Ray Robinson vs Fernando Vargas, March 30 – Robinson W – KO5
Marvin Hagler vs Kelly Pavlik, March 31 – Hagler W – KO8
Ray Leonard vs Ronald Wright, April 1
Carlos Monzon vs Jake LaMotta, April 2
The entire ‘eWBSS Middleweight Legends’ tournament is streamed on the World Boxing Super Series Facebook page at 7pm (GMT) every day from Monday March 30 until the final on Sunday April 5.
The eWBSS tournaments, simulated on EA Sports ‘Fight Night Champion’, are created by the real World Boxing Super Series to provide some much-needed relief and entertainment for fight fans around the world during these testing times.