Miguel Cotto takes the great welterweight challenge vs. Martinez
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Hearns, boxing’s first five-division titleholder, began his stellar career at welterweight where he won 32 consecutive bouts – 31 by knockouts – before his classic first confrontation with Sugar Ray Leonard. Hearns, a 6-foot-2 boxer-puncher with extraordinary speed and power, earned his nickname “The Hitman” by annihilating many top 147-pound contenders of 1970s, but the Detroit legend stepped his game up by facing many fellow future hall of famers in the 1980s, including Leonard, Pipino Cuevas, Wilfred Benitez, Roberto Duran and Marvin Hagler.
Won welterweight title: On Aug. 2, 1980, stopping Cuevas in Round 2.
Fought for middleweight title(s): On April 15, 1985, getting stopped in Round 3 of an all-time great shootout with undisputed champ Hagler; and on Oct. 29, 1987, stopping Juan Roldan in Round 4 to earn the vacant WBC title.
Hall of fame induction: 2012