Virgil Hill vs. Tommy Hearns II?

03.07.06 - By Jim Amato: I just read that current WBA cruiser weight titleholder Virgil Hill may defend his title against come backing Thomas "Hitman" Hearns. On June 3rd, 1991 Hearns outpointed Hill to win the WBA light heavyweight title that he held at the time. It was one of only five losses Hill has suffered in his 55 pro fights. His other losses were to Dariusz Michalczewski, Roy Jones Jr. and twice to Jean Marc Mormeck..

A case may be made for Hill being a future Hall Of Famer. He holds two wins over Frank Tate. He also has two victories over Fabrice Tiozzo including a spectacular one round blitz. He's defeated Donny LaLonde, Adolpho Washington, Marvin Camel, Marcos Geraldo, Leslie Stewart, Bobby Czyz, James Kinchen and Henry Maske. He won his first title in 1987 and almost twenty years later he is still a major player.

Thomas Hearns is a legend but he has had only two fights in the last six years. Virgil has stayed active and effective. I understand Virgil wanting to avenge a loss and maybe pick up a nice payday. I understand Tommy wanting to recapture his past glory. In sensible reality though this fight does not make sense. Hearns has done nothing to warrant a title shot at this stage of his career. I hope this fight does not come off for the fan's sake and Tommy's.

Article posted on 04.07.2006

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