1980 : Tommy Hitman Hearns Won the WBA Welterweight Title at Joe Louis Arena

August 2, 2022 all-day

On August 2, 1980, hometown boxing hero Tommy “Hitman” Hearns won the WBA welterweight title, knocking out Pipino Cuevas in the second round of their bout at Joe Louis Arena. Hearns trained at the renowned Kronk Gym in Detroit.

Click the link for video of the entire fight, with the knockout at about 5:45. What a punch.

Source : Detroit Historical Society Facebook Page.

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