Marvin Hagler

Hall of fame boxer Marvelous Marvin Hagler, widely regarded as one of the greatest middleweight champions the sport has ever seen, passed away Saturday at the age of 66.

Hagler, known for his ominous shaven skull and workmanlike demeanor, was a well-rounded boxer/puncher who held the undisputed middleweight crown from 1980 to 1987 making 12 straight title defenses. Born Marvin Hagler, he legally changed his name to add the "Marvelous" in 1982.

Hagler will always be remembered along with Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard, whom he lost his title to in a controversial 1987 split decision, as part of the "four kings" who dominated and revived the sport of boxing in the 1980s. His third round knockout of Hearns in 1985 is considered one of the most thrilling fights in boxing history.

Black Belt Magazine has a storied history that dates back all the way to 1961, making 2021 the 60th Anniversary of the world's leading magazine of martial arts. To celebrate six decades of legendary martial arts coverage, take a trip down memory lane by scrolling through some of the most influential covers ever published. From the creators of martial art styles, to karate tournament heroes, to superstars on the silver screen, and everything in between, the iconic covers of Black Belt Magazine act as a time capsule for so many important moments and figures in martial arts history. Keep reading to view the full list of these classic issues.

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ONE on TNT III gets underway on Wednesday, April 21, in primetime. And this time, the main event is a bantamweight slugfest with title implications.

American "Pretty Boy" Troy Worthen takes a main event slot to try and upend top-ranked bantamweight challenger John "Hands of Stone" Lineker as the watchful eyes of ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes look on from afar.

Lineker has been outstanding since joining the promotion with a 2-0 record, and he is coming off a stellar performance against former World Champion Kevin Belingon. As the #1-ranked bantamweight contender, Lineker hopes to be next for a shot at the gold.

However, this is not a showcase match. Worthen poses significant challenges for the Brazilian.

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