Originally published in the May 17, 1987, edition of The Washington Post Magazine. Republished here with the author's permission. His postscript follows. For more on Hagler-Leonard, check out Grantland's oral history.
Here is John Schulian's piece on the legendary Hagler-Hearns fight. It appears in Schulian's fine collection Sometimes They Even Shook Your Hand: Portraits of Champions Who Walked Among Us. Also, you should track down Schulian's boxing compilation, Writers' Fighters and Other Sweet Scientists. The piece appears here…
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