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Leonard vs. Hearns, and 30 Years of Living The Dream

By Lyle Fitzsimmons


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Whaddya know, my favorite day of the year rolled around again over the weekend.

Well, OK, maybe it's fourth behind my birthday, my son's birthday and Christmas – but still, it's pretty big.

September 16.

The date when, over the course of seven years back in the 1980s, my life changed forever.

First, it was Sept. 16, 1981. Tommy Hearns. Ray Leonard. The "Showdown" at 147 pounds. Any fight fan in my age group remembers it like it was yesterday. And as I glance at the calendar and realize it's now been 37 years (this past Sunday) since it happened ... I'm amazed.

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It was that fight more than any other that got me revved-up. I was a gigantic Tommy fan. I was sure he'd win. I couldn't wait until the next day, when I'd go to Edward Town Junior High School and lord it over all the "Sugar Ray" fans while collecting on a bevy of lunch money bets.

A quarter here. Fifty cents there. Enough funds to keep the Pac Man machine going for hours while I wolfed down a belly full of ice cream sandwiches.

Yes, indeed ... those were the days.

Needless to say, it didn't go how I wanted. Tommy is ahead, then in trouble, then ahead again, then stopped in what's still as dramatic a late rally as you'll ever see, featuring as compelling a message from trainer to fighter as has ever been delivered in any corner.

"You're blowin' it now, son. You're blowin' it."

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