Boxing legend Thomas ‘The Hit Man’ Hearns to guest at sporting dinner in Wakefield

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A BOXING legend who fought the three kings is set to talk about his illustrious career.

Thomas ‘The Hit Man’ Hearns will be rolling back the years at the Cedar Court Hotel in Calder Grove on Thursday, May 9.

Hearns - who was the first boxer to win titles at four different weight divisions - was involved in a series of super fights in the 1980s.

He was one of the ‘four kings’ along with contemporaries Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler and Roberto Duran.

Boxing writers have said that his fight against Hagler in 1985 was one of most explosive of all time. It only lasted three rounds and ended in defeat and pain for Hearns, now 54.

Promotor Tony Dunn, who is organising the event in association with Cerberus Security, has hosted a series of sportsman dinners with the other legendary boxers.

He said: “We’ve had Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran, so we only need the other two. We’ve now got Hearns but we need the elusive Hagler. They all fought each other and were probably as good as each other.

“A lot of the people who go to the events ‘grew up’ with the fighters, like I grew up with Ali and Frazier.”

Mr Dunn also thinks it may be the last chance for many to see Hearns on these shores.

He added: “He’s probably not going to come to England again. If people have already seen Duran and Leonard then it would make sense to see Hearns as it may be the last chance they get.

“We are trying to get Hagler again for this year. That will be the four greats of that era.”

Tickets for the night - which also includes a four-course dinner, comedian, compere, sporting auction and raffle - start at £60 each and include a four course dinner. A table of ten costs £500.

VIP tickets, which include a photo with Hearns and the dinner, cost £80. A table of 10 VIPs is £700.

For more information please ring Mr Dunn on 07912 983671 or Rick Berry 07854 525321 email