Dudes. Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuudes. Remember what you had on this evening? Oh yes, baby-- you showed me a good time. September 16th, 1981. Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas "Hitman" Hearns. What an unbelievable fight. They are both so focused, so fast-- it is a testament to human athleticism. ESPN Classics, you went all the way, showed each round like another story that formed the relationship between the fighters.
Hearns seemed to take most of the rounds on the cards, but Leonard took the punches. And took them. He also threw in a few damaging rallies, and near the fight's end, Hearns was fighting organically, the fight as much a part of him as his stomach, or femur. Amazing. In the last three rounds, each man is performing at his most essential, almost to the degree of caricature, too pure for posturing.
You remind me that Leonard won by a technical knock-out in the fourteenth round. The decision has left itself detractors and resentments, but it is widely unchallenged. ESPN Classics, you are welcome over any time. Ahem.