Roberto Duran pointed defiantly at his chin. "Màs, màs," he seemed to be saying to Marvelous Marvin Hagler near the end of the 12th round of their middleweight title fight. Three years before, Duran had suffered the ignominy of "no màs." He had won a measure of redemption by taking out WBA junior middleweight champ Davey Moore, and now, in Las Vegas, the 4-1 underdog looked as if he might become the first fighter to win four world titles. Giving away three years, one pound, an inch in height and eight in reach, Duran dipped and dodged while the updisputed 160-pound champ switched leads and tagged him with counter rights. Duran's granite jaw held, though his celebrated manos de piedras began to lose their punch. This time he didn't quit, and by the end of the 13th round he still led on two cards. "Sure, he caught me with a few right hands," said Hagler. "But my mind kept telling me that the only way he was going to beat me was to hit me with the ring post." Duran didn't, and Hagler escaped with a 15-round decision. " 'Marvelous' may be legally part of Marvin's name," said WBC junior middleweight champion Thomas Hearns, "but they should take it away from him now and give it to Roberto."
ONCE AND FUTURE KINGS
There hasn't been so much talk of abdication since Edward VIII surrendered his crown. The WBC stripped Bobby Chacon of his junior lightweight title for not honoring a contract with Camacho. WBC President José Sulaimàn threatened similar action against middleweight champ Hagler if his fight with Scypion went 15 rounds instead of the mandated 12. Hagler said, "No way, José," and put the challenger away in four. Holmes stripped himself of his WBC heavyweight crown and pledged allegiance to the new International Boxing Federation, which promptly named him champ. Arguello relinquished his WBC lightweight title to pursue a rematch with WBA junior welterweight champ Pryor. When Pryor scored a 10th-round knockout, both retired. Going in the other direction was Sugar Ray Leonard, who unretired.
Light heavyweight champ Spinks had a title non-fight with Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, who refused to make weight. Glancing toward the bloated challenger at the weigh-in, Spinks slurped a cup of hot broth and said, "Mmm! Mmm! Good!" Knocked flat on his face by Juan Roldan, Frank Fletcher regained consciousness and told the referee, "Get off my nose." But no tune was loonier than the one sung by the WBA's banana-shaped bantamweight champ, Joltin' Jeff Chandler, whose baggy satin trunks look as if they were stapled onto his hips. Chandler lost an over-the-weight split decision to Oscar Muniz by goofing off in the final round, his only loss in 35 pro fights. "All of a sudden it was Joltin' Jeff, the clown," he said. "Nobody wants to idolize a clown." So Chandler jolted Muniz from the first round of their rematch and won on cuts in the seventh. He didn't clown around.
February 8, 1984
Hot dog Scott Frank didn't cut the mustard against WBC champ Larry Holmes.
Aaron Pryor needed no help holding a smile after KOing Alexis Arguello.
Hagler (above right) knocked out Wilford Scypion in Round 4; against Lindell Holmes (below right), middleweight contender Dwight Davison was a Great Dwight Hope, scoring a KO.
Greg Page (left), the WBC's top heavyweight contender, threw the book at Renaldo Snipes.
Wilfred Benitez moved up to the middleweight class but couldn't stomach Mustafa Hamsho.
The machonations of WBC junior lightweight champ Hector Camacho gummed up the hopes of Rafael Limón (right); Mike Weaver wasn't able to duck Michael Dokes's dukes.
After Holmes pummeled Marvis Frazier with 19 straight punches, the ref took the champion's advice ended this mismatch at 2:57 of Round 1.
After getting a tongue-lashing, Michael Spinks beat Dwight Braxton.