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Labeled by Ring Magazine as 'the fight of the 1990s' 27-year-old Chavez – known as 'The Great Mexican Champion' and already a three-time world champion at three different weights – took on Meldrick 'TNT' Taylor, a gold medal-winning member of the great U.S. 1984 Olympic team, in a light welterweight clash labeled 'Thunder meets Lightning'. For once the two pugilists matched the hype, producing an enthralling no-holds-barred contest, which saw 23-year-old Taylor hold a convincing lead on two judges' cards going into the final round. 'Marvelous' Marvin Hagler had not been beaten in 11 years and had made 12 successful defenses of his WBC belt.Hagler, at 32, two years older than his opponent, got the bigger part of the purse, but Leonard was able to set the conditions for the fight and made it 12 rounds rather than 15 rounds.However, the fight in Tokyo didn't pan out at all as expected.This time round though, Schmeling, nine years Louis' senior, could not overcome the hostile atmosphere in Yankees Stadium, nor a pulverizing display by Louis, which saw the bout last less than a round.
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