Special – 1981 – Sports Year In Review – Host George Plimpton

DOG ASIDE: In this George Plimpton special, he looks at the year 1981 in sports….while providing the viewer with some awesome highlights of the accomplishments of many athletes and several teams to include Alpine Skiing World Cup overall champ USA Phil Mahre….with women’s overall champ Marie-Theres Nadig of Switzerland….along with cycling’s Bernard Hinault of France win in the Tour…

Boxing – WBA Welterweight Title – Champ Thomas Hearns VS Randy Shields

DOG COMMENTARY: Thomas “Hitman” Hearns was 30 – 0 with 27 KO’s when he entered the ring on April 25, 1981….to defend his WBA world welterweight title for the 2nd time against Randy Shields….an accomplished club fighter who had a career of 41 wins 9 losses 1 draw….having fought for a world title on 2…

Boxing – Middleweight Bout – Thomas Hearns VS Jeff McCracken

DOG COMMENTARY: After Thomas “Hitman” Hearns lost to Sugar Ray Leonard in his attempt to unify the world welterweight title….he did two very distinct things…..1st, he moved up in weight to the light middleweight and middleweight divisions….mainly because at his height of 6’2″, it was easier for him to make weight by putting on pounds…

Boxing – WBC Super Middleweight Title – Sugar Ray Leonard VS Thomas Hearns II

DOG COMMENTARY: Following “The Showdown” (Leonard / Hearns Fight 1)….Sugar Ray defended the undisputed world welterweight championship once by knocking out Bruce Finch in the third round….then he retired after having surgery to repair a detached retina in his left eye. Hearns moved up in weight and outpointed Wilfred Benitez to win the WBC light-middleweight title…

Boxing – Welterweight Title – Sugar Ray Leonard VS Thomas Hearns

DOG COMMENTARY: A common thread of gold that ran through the very heart of the golden age of boxing (1964 – 1995) was the number of times that boxing legends fought each other….and this one was as big as it got….WBC welterweight champion Sugar Ray Leonard vs WBA welterweight champion Thomas “Hitman” Hearns….as this war…

Boxing – Middleweight Title Fight – HBO In Studio Review – Hagler VS Hearns

DOG COMMENTARY: Barry Tompkins and Sugar Ray Leonard of HBO Boxing host this awesome in-studio review with Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns of the historic battle in the ring on April 15, 1985….when one “legendary boxer”  Marvelous Marvin Hagler (60 – 2 – 2, 50 KO’s) and one “super great boxer” Thomas “Hitman” Hearns (40…

Boxing – Middleweight Title – Marvelous Marvin Hagler VS Thomas Hearns – Revisited

DOG COMMENTARY: This fight holds a very special place in this lil ole Chiweenie Sportsphile’s heart…..cuz the trip that Bone Daddy made to Las Vegas to see this fight live…..tipped the scales at the UNBELIEVABLE  level for a sports fan….and the first Sportsphile that I have ever known….the original Sporsphile….at ;east from my short four-legged…

Boxing – 12 Rnd WBA Welterwt Title – Champ Thomas Hearns VS Randy Shields

DOG ASIDE: Thomas “Hitman” Hearns was 30 – 0 when he defended his WBA Welterweight Title against Randy Shields in April of 1981…..as he was well on his way to a long and successful boxing career….one which garnered him five different titles in five different weight classes.  His opponent Randy Shields was a world class…