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' boxing record stood at 61-5-1 (48 KO wins, 4 KO losses).
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 on November 25, 1977. He is a former 5-weight-class world champion. He is 64 years old, and will be turning 65 in 6 months and 18 days. Hearns is a Hall of Famer.
|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 a five-weight-division world champion. He has held seven world titles, two of which were vacant title wins, and the rest five were lineal championship wins.
|Weight Division||World Titles Held|
|Super-welterweight||WBC, The Ring|
Thomas Hearns' professional boxing career spanned more than 28 years — from 1977 to 2006.
Hearns made his professional boxing debut against Jerome Hill at the age of 19 on November 25, 1977, defeating Hill via 2nd round KO. He went on to win 31 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 29 wins via stoppage.
Hearns 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. He defeated Cuevas via 2nd round TKO to become the welterweight champion of the world.
Hearns has won seven world titles at five weight classes. For all the details about Hearns' world title wins and defenses refer to "Thomas Hearns World Titles".
Some of Hearns' best fights and notable victories include wins over four Hall-of-Famers (Virgil Hill, Roberto Durán, Wilfred Benítez, and José Cuevas), Saensak Muangsurin, Eddie Gazo, and Marcos Geraldo.
Thomas Hearns had a total of five losses in his professional boxing career — 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 on September 16, 1981, which ended his 32-fight win streak. He has been stopped four times and lost once via decision. For more details about these defeats, refer to "All of Thomas Hearns' losses".
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 17 years, 1 month, and 27 days since this fight.
Hearns retired from professional boxing with a record of 61-5-1, which included 48 knockout wins and four losses via knockout, and seven title wins. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 2012.
Thomas Hearns fought a total of 67 times during his professional career. He was among the very best of his generation and put on some great performances in his fights. These six fights are the highlight of his career.
October 18, 1979: Thomas Hearns puts on the first remarkable performance of his career, defeating Saensak Muangsurin via 3rd round TKO.
May 3, 1980: Thomas Hearns beats Eddie Gazo via 1st round KO.
August 2, 1980: Hearns wins his first world title by defeating José Cuevas via 2nd round TKO. He is now the WBA welterweight world champion.
December 3, 1982: Hearns wins the WBC and The Ring super-welterweight titles from Wilfred Benítez, by beating Benítez via 15 round majority decision.
June 15, 1984: Hearns wins the super-welterweight title from Roberto Durán, by beating Durán via 2nd round TKO.
June 3, 1991: Hearns wins the WBA light-heavyweight title from Virgil Hill, by beating Hill via 12 round unanimous decision.
A 40-year old Thomas Hearns (58-4-1, 46 KO) fought fellow American boxer Nate Miller, who was 35 years old with a record of 30-6. Miller was on a two-fight losing streak, and was the taller of the two by 3 cms but Hearns had a 2 cm reach advantage over Miller.
Hearns defeated Miller via 12 round unanimous decision.
In their 2nd fight, a 33-year old Thomas Hearns (50-3-1, 40 KO) faced Iran Barkley again, who was now 31 years old with a record of 28-7 in a light-heavyweight title defense fight. Barkley was on a three-fight win streak with 17 KO wins. Both the boxers were of the same height but Hearns had a 10 cm reach advantage over Barkley.
Hearns lost to Barkley via 12 round split-decision and lost the WBA light-heavyweight title.
A 32-year old Thomas Hearns (49-3-1, 40 KO) faced an undefeated fellow American boxer Virgil Hill, who was 27 years old with a record of 30-0 for Hill's WBA light-heavyweight title. Hill was on a 30-fight win streak with 18 KO wins. Hearns was the taller of the two by 1 cm and also had a 2 cm reach advantage.
Hearns defeated 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.
In their 2nd fight, a 30-year old Thomas Hearns (46-3, 38 KO) faced Sugar Ray Leonard again, who was now 33 years old with a record of 35-1 in a super-middleweight title defense fight. Leonard was on a eight-fight win streak with 25 KO wins. Hearns was the taller of the two by 6 cms and also had a 10 cm reach advantage.
The fight ended in a 12 round split-decision draw and both the boxers retained their titles and added a draw to their respective records. A good performance, nonetheless.
A 29-year old Thomas Hearns (45-2, 38 KO) faced fellow American boxer Iran Barkley for the first time, who was 28 years old with a record of 24-4 in a middleweight title defense fight. Barkley was on a two-fight win streak with 15 KO wins. Both the boxers were of the same height but Hearns had a 10 cm reach advantage over Barkley.
Hearns lost to Barkley via 3rd round TKO and lost the WBC middleweight title.
A 26-year old Thomas Hearns (40-1, 34 KO) faced fellow American boxer Marvelous Marvin Hagler, who was 30 years old with a record of 60-2-2 in an undisputed middleweight championship bout. Hagler was on a 14-fight win streak with 50 KO wins. Hearns was the taller of the two by 8 cms and also had a 7 cm reach advantage.
Hearns lost to Hagler via 3rd round TKO.
A 25-year old Thomas Hearns (38-1, 32 KO) faced Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán, who was 32 years old with a record of 77-5 in a super-welterweight title defense fight. Durán was on a one-fight losing streak. Hearns was the taller of the two by 15 cms and also had a 30 cm reach advantage.
Hearns defeated Durán via 2nd round TKO to retain the WBC and Ring Magazine super-welterweight titles.
A 24-year old Thomas Hearns (35-1, 32 KO) faced Puerto Rican boxer Wilfred Benítez, who was 24 years old with a record of 44-1-1 for Benítez' WBC and Ring Magazine (vacant) super-welterweight titles. Benítez was on a six-fight win streak with 28 KO wins. Hearns was the taller of the two by 7 cms and also had a 20 cm reach advantage.
Hearns defeated Benítez via 15 round majority decision to win the WBC and vacant Ring Magazine super-welterweight titles.
A 23-year old Thomas Hearns (33-1, 30 KO) fought Mexican boxer Marcos Geraldo, who was 27 years old with a record of 56-17. Geraldo was on a three-fight win streak with 35 KO wins. Hearns was the taller of the two by 5 cms and also had a 5 cm reach advantage.
Hearns defeated Geraldo via 1st round KO.
A 22-year old Thomas Hearns (32-0, 30 KO) faced fellow American boxer Sugar Ray Leonard for the first time, who was 25 years old with a record of 30-1 in an undisputed welterweight championship bout. Leonard was on a three-fight win streak with 21 KO wins. Hearns was the taller of the two by 6 cms and also had a 10 cm reach advantage.
Hearns lost to Leonard via 14th round TKO and lost the WBA welterweight title. He suffers the first loss of his career, and his 32-fight win streak comes to an end.
A 21-year old Thomas Hearns (28-0, 26 KO) had his first world title fight against Mexican boxer José Cuevas for Cuevas' WBA welterweight belt. Cuevas was 22 years old with a record of 27-6. Cuevas was on a 12-fight win streak with 24 KO wins. Hearns was the taller of the two by 12 cms and also had a 25 cm reach advantage.
Hearns defeated Cuevas via 2nd round TKO to win the WBA welterweight title.
A 21-year old Thomas Hearns (27-0, 25 KO) fought Nicaraguan boxer Eddie Gazo, who was 29 years old with a record of 39-5-2. Gazo was on a five-fight win streak with 21 KO wins. Hearns was the taller of the two by 16 cms and also had a 23 cm reach advantage.
Hearns defeated Gazo via 1st round KO.
A 21-year old Thomas Hearns (22-0, 21 KO) fought Thai boxer Saensak Muangsurin, who was 29 years old with a record of 13-3. Muangsurin was on a two-fight losing streak. Hearns was the taller of the two by 15 cms and also had a 28 cm reach advantage.
Hearns defeated Muangsurin via 3rd round TKO.
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%).
Hearns had five losses. Uriah Grant, Iran Barkley, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, and Sugar Ray Leonard are the four boxers who have beaten Hearns.