Thomas Hearns
7 Time World Champion Hall Of Fame Boxer

Thomas “Hitman” Hearns

On October 18, 1958, in Grand Junction, Tennessee, a champion was born.  Who knew that this skinny little boy would grow up to be a 7-time world champion, going all the way from welterweight to cruiserweight, fighting for nearly three decades.

Amassing an incredible amateur record of 155-8, Hearns won the National Amateur Union light-welterweight championship as well as the National Golden Gloves Championship at light-welterweight.

Also known as The Motor City Cobra, Hearns lit up Detroit like no fighter since Joe Louis. From the time he made his pro debut in 1977, representing Detroit (the city he grew up in), he was a huge draw. Knocking out his first 18 opponents, he soon attracted a devoted following. Twice in his illustrious career he was awarded Boxer of the Year (in 1980 and 1984) and he is now in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

In 1980, in front of a hometown crowd, Hearns won his first title defeating then-champ Pipino Cuevas. From then on, he was considered one of the elite boxers in the world. He went on to beat names like Roberto Duran, Virgil Hill, Wilfred Benitez and Andrew Maynard. He scored 48 knockouts in the 61 fights he won.

A devastating puncher, Hearns dominated every weight class he fought in. On top of that, Hearns fought every fighter that was put in front of him. He ducked no one. His fights between himself, Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran are classic and represent the “Golden Era of Boxing.”

Retired since 2006, the devoted father and grandfather does a lot of charity work in his community and a beloved fixture on the Detroit sports scene and is still a favorite of boxing fans around the world. He is in the International Boxing Hall of Fame and has received countless awards and accolades.

Joining ranks with Striking Beauties is something Hearns is passionate about. He is a strong supporter of female empowerment and has long been a fan of women in boxing.

Professional Boxer Thomas Hearns