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Hit Man

Thomas Hearns is one of the greatest fighters in boxing history. From his explosion onto the pro boxing scene with seventeen straight knockouts, he struck fear into opponents and awe into spectators. He featured in some of the most thrilling bouts ever and became the first champion to win eight world titles at six different weights. He will forever be known by his chilling nickname: Hit Man.

Growing up in the urban wasteland of inner-city Detroit, Hearns learned to defend himself at the notorious Kronk gym. There he came under the tutelage of master trainer Emanuel Steward, who turned him into the deadliest puncher in the game. From his destruction of Pipino Cuevas to his now legendary fights with fellow greats Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran, Hearns carved out a reputation for skill, courage, and stunning power. His epic 1985 challenge against middleweight champion Marvin Hagler, billed as “The War,” has gone down as the most exciting three rounds in boxing history.

Defeats only seemed to make Hearns stronger, and he achieved the extraordinary feat of winning titles in every weight category, from welterweight to cruiserweight. Lately he has devoted his energies to his promotions company, Hearns Entertainment, yet he still toys with the idea of winning “one more belt.” Hit Man delves inside this complex, charismatic character to present a compelling portrait of a modern sports legend.

What they said:

‘Engaging and engrossing.’ – BOXING MONTHLY

‘A fine tribute to a great, great fighter.’ – DUBLIN EVENING HERALD

‘Compelling.’ – DAILY STAR

‘One of the best biographies of a professional fighter since ‘Unforgiveable Blackness’. A must read for all boxing fans.’ SADDOBOXING

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About the co-authors:

Brian Hughes MBE is an award-winning boxing coach and has produced a string of British, Commonwealth, European and World Championship boxers from his gym in north Manchester. Also a prolific sports biographer, he has written books on Manchester United stars Denis Law, Tommy Taylor and Dennis Violet, as well as biographies of boxers including Sugar Ray Robinson, Willie Pepp and Jock McAvoy.

Damian Hughes, Brian’s son, is a leading sports psychologist whose clients include Manchester United and the England and Great Britain rugby league teams. He is also the founder of management consultancy Liquid Thinker Ltd and the author of four acclaimed business books including the bestseller, The Survival Guide to Change.

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