Thomas Hearns (The Hitman) is a retired American professional boxer. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. on October 18, 1958. Hearns made his professional boxing debut at the age of 19 against Jerome Hill on November 25, 1977. He is a former 5-weight-class world champion. He is 64 years old, and will be turning 65 in 10 months and 13 days. Hearns is a Hall of Famer.
In a career spanning 28 years and 2 months, Thomas Hearns fought 67 times with 61 wins, 5 losses, and 1 draw. By his last professional fight on February 4, 2006, Hearns' record stood at 61-5-1 (48 KOs). In total, he fought 380 rounds of professional boxing in 67 bouts.
|Total Title Wins||7|
|Title-Fight KO Wins||9|
|Losses via KO||4|
|67||Feb 4, 2006||47||Shannon Landberg||Win||TKO10|
|66||Jul 30, 2005||46||John Long||Win||TKO9|
|65||Apr 8, 2000||41||Uriah Grant||Loss||RTD3|
|64||Apr 10, 1999||40||Nate Miller||Win||UD|
|63||Nov 6, 1998||40||Jay Snyder||Win||KO1|
|62||Jan 31, 1997||38||Ed Dalton||Win||KO5|
|61||Nov 29, 1996||38||Karl Willis||Win||KO5|
|60||Sep 26, 1995||36||Earl Butler||Win||UD|
|59||Mar 31, 1995||36||Lenny LaPaglia||Win||TKO1|
|58||Feb 19, 1994||35||Freddie Delgado||Win||UD|
|57||Jan 29, 1994||35||Dan Ward||Win||TKO1|
|56||Nov 6, 1993||35||Andrew Maynard||Win||TKO1|
|55||Mar 20, 1992||33||Iran Barkley||Loss||SD|
|54||Jun 3, 1991||32||Virgil Hill||Win||UD|
|53||Apr 6, 1991||32||Ken Atkins||Win||TKO3|
|52||Feb 11, 1991||32||Kemper Morton||Win||KO2|
|51||Apr 28, 1990||31||Michael Olajide||Win||UD|
|50||Jun 12, 1989||30||Sugar Ray Leonard||Draw||SD|
|49||Nov 4, 1988||30||James Kinchen||Win||MD|
|48||Jun 6, 1988||29||Iran Barkley||Loss||TKO3|
|47||Oct 29, 1987||29||Juan Roldán||Win||KO4|
|46||Mar 7, 1987||28||Dennis Andries||Win||TKO10|
|45||Oct 17, 1986||27||Doug DeWitt||Win||UD|
|44||Jun 23, 1986||27||Mark Medal||Win||TKO8|
|43||Mar 10, 1986||27||James Shuler||Win||KO1|
|42||Apr 15, 1985||26||Marvelous Marvin Hagler||Loss||TKO3|
|41||Sep 15, 1984||25||Fred Hutchings||Win||TKO3|
|40||Jun 15, 1984||25||Roberto Durán||Win||TKO2|
|39||Feb 11, 1984||25||Luigi Minchillo||Win||UD|
|38||Jul 10, 1983||24||Murray Sutherland||Win||UD|
|37||Dec 3, 1982||24||Wilfred Benítez||Win||MD|
|36||Jul 25, 1982||23||Jeff McCracken||Win||TKO8|
|35||Feb 27, 1982||23||Marcos Geraldo||Win||KO1|
|34||Dec 11, 1981||23||Ernie Singletary||Win||UD|
|33||Sep 16, 1981||22||Sugar Ray Leonard||Loss||TKO14|
|32||Jun 25, 1981||22||Pablo Baez||Win||TKO4|
|31||Apr 25, 1981||22||Randy Shields||Win||TKO12|
|30||Dec 6, 1980||22||Luis Primera||Win||KO6|
|29||Aug 2, 1980||21||José Cuevas||Win||TKO2|
|28||May 3, 1980||21||Eddie Gazo||Win||KO1|
|27||Mar 31, 1980||21||Santiago Valdez||Win||TKO1|
|26||Mar 2, 1980||21||Ángel Espada||Win||TKO4|
|25||Feb 3, 1980||21||Jim Richards||Win||KO3|
|24||Nov 30, 1979||21||Mike Colbert||Win||UD|
|23||Oct 18, 1979||21||Saensak Muangsurin||Win||TKO3|
|22||Sep 22, 1979||20||José Figueroa||Win||KO3|
|21||Aug 23, 1979||20||Inocencio De la Rosa||Win||RTD2|
|20||Jun 28, 1979||20||Bruce Curry||Win||KO3|
|19||May 20, 1979||20||Harold Weston||Win||RTD6|
|18||Apr 3, 1979||20||Alfonso Hayman||Win||UD|
|17||Mar 3, 1979||20||Segundo Murillo||Win||TKO8|
|16||Jan 31, 1979||20||Sammy Ruckard||Win||TKO8|
|15||Jan 11, 1979||20||Clyde Gray||Win||TKO10|
|14||Dec 9, 1978||20||Rudy Barro||Win||KO4|
|13||Oct 26, 1978||20||Pedro Rojas||Win||TKO1|
|12||Sep 7, 1978||19||Bruce Finch||Win||KO3|
|11||Aug 3, 1978||19||Eddie Marcelle||Win||KO2|
|10||Jul 20, 1978||19||Raul Aguirre||Win||KO2|
|9||Jun 8, 1978||19||Jimmy Rothwell||Win||KO1|
|8||Mar 31, 1978||19||Tyrone Phelps||Win||TKO3|
|7||Mar 17, 1978||19||Ray Fields||Win||TKO2|
|6||Feb 17, 1978||19||Billy Goodwin||Win||TKO2|
|5||Feb 10, 1978||19||Robert Adams||Win||TKO3|
|4||Jan 29, 1978||19||Anthony House||Win||KO2|
|3||Dec 16, 1977||19||Willie Wren||Win||TKO3|
|2||Dec 7, 1977||19||Jerry Strickland||Win||KO3|
|1||Nov 25, 1977||19||Jerome Hill||Win||KO2|
Thomas Hearns was active from from 1977 to 2006. He started boxing professionally at 19 years of age; Hearns debuted against Jerome Hill on November 25, 1977, and defeated Hill via 2nd round KO.
He had his first world title fight at the age of 21 on August 2, 1980 after 28 professional fights against José Cuevas for the welterweight WBA title. Hearns defeated Cuevas via 2nd round TKO to become the new welterweight champion of the world.
Hearns was a world champion in five different weight classes. His notable victories include wins over Saensak Muangsurin, José Cuevas, Roberto Durán, Virgil Hill, Eddie Gazo, Wilfred Benítez, and Marcos Geraldo. For a complete list of Hearns' best performances refer to Thomas Hearns' best fights.
His last professional fight was a non-title bout against Shannon Landberg on February 4, 2006. Hearns won the fight via 10th round TKO. It's been 16 years, 10 months, and 1 day since this fight.
Hearns was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 2012.
These five fights are the highlight of of Thomas Hearns' boxing career.
The first remarkable big fight in Thomas Hearns' career. A 21-year old Hearns with a record of 22-0 faced Saensak Muangsurin on October 18, 1979. Muangsurin was 29 years old with a record of 13-3. Hearns deafeated Muangsurin via 3rd round TKO.
A 21-year old Thomas Hearns with a record of 28-0 faced José Cuevas, who was 22 years old with a record of 27-6. Hearns deafeated Cuevas via 2nd round TKO to win the WBA welterweight title.
A 24-year old Thomas Hearns with a record of 35-1 faced Wilfred Benítez, who was 24 years old with a record of 44-1-1. Hearns deafeated Benítez via 15 round majority decision to win the WBC and vacant Ring Magazine super-welterweight titles.
A 25-year old Thomas Hearns with a record of 38-1 faced Roberto Durán, who was 32 years old with a record of 77-5 in a super-welterweight title defense fight. Hearns deafeated Durán via 2nd round TKO to retain the WBC and Ring Magazine super-welterweight titles.
A 32-year old Thomas Hearns with a record of 49-3-1 faced Virgil Hill, who was 27 years old with a record of 30-0. Hearns deafeated Hill via 12 round unanimous decision to win the WBA light-heavyweight title. He handed Hill the first loss of his career, and put an end to Hill's 30-fight win streak.
Thomas Hearns fought for world titles in nine fights and won six of them. In total, he won seven belts in five weight classes: welterweight (WBA), light-heavyweight (WBA, WBC), super-welterweight (WBC, The Ring), middleweight (WBC), and super-middleweight (WBO).
Hearns knocked out 48 of his 67 opponents. By his last fight, his KO ratio was at 71.6%. Of his total 61 wins, 48 of them were via KO (78.7%).
Thomas Hearns had a total of five losses in 67 fights — four of them in title bouts and one in a non-title bout. He suffered his first loss against Sugar Ray Leonard via 14th round TKO in his 33rd fight — his 32 fight win streak came to an end with this loss. He has been stopped four times and lost once via decision.