Sugar Ray Leonard vs Thomas Hearns 2 // "The War" (Highlights)
Ray Leonard 160 lbs drew with Thomas Hearns 162 lbs by SD in round 12 of 12
Location: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
In a hard fought bout, Leonard and Hearns would go the full 12-round distance and ultimately fight to a draw as one judge (Jerry Roth) scored the fight 113–112 for Hearns, another (Tom Kaczmarek) scored the fight the same albeit in Leonard's favor and the third (Dalby Shirley) had the fight even at 112–112. The draw was controversial as most who watched the match, including the television announcers had Hearns winning by enough to be surprised by the official scoring. The ringside crowd loudly protested the decision. Hearns scored the only two knockdowns of the fight, dropping Leonard in the third after grazing him with a right cross that caused Leonard to lose his footing and again in round 11 after landing consecutive right hands. Though Leonard did not score a knockdown over Hearns, he would have a big round five, winning the round 10–8 on all three scorecards after dominating Hearns throughout the round. Leonard would also win the 12th and final round on all three scorecards as well, though Judge Shirley would give Leonard a 10–8 round as opposed to the other two judges who scored it 10–9; had Shirley scored the round 10–9, Hearns would have been declared the winner by split decision. Both fighters, however, accepted the decision with Leonard stating "I think we both showed we're champions. I accept the decision." and Hearns declaring "I respect their decision. I'm proud I had a draw. The judges could have ruled that I lost. So I'm thankful for what I have."