Some Kind of Wonderful: The Title Reign of Marvelous Marvin Hagler


January 17, 1981 Not even Marvin Hagler knew his name. Not really. “What’s his name? Fully Obel?” he asked the press corps after scoring a dominant 8th-round TKO over undefeated Venezuelan Fulgencio Obelmejias at the Boston Garden. Part of the first wave of Alphabet Soup Group refugees, Obelmejias might as well have been a stowaway, hidden somewhere in the hull of a New England whaler and surprised to emerge docked at the foot of a prizefight ring. With a 30-0 record built up by belting out numberless desaparecidos, Obelmejias was as ready for Hagler as he was for the blizzard that left Massachusetts looking like some sort of lost lunar landscape, all snowdrifts and perpetual gray twilight. A far cry, indeed, from the tropical climate of Venezuela. Read more from The Living Daylights.

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