Hitman Hearns ready to visit Ribble Valley

Thomas Hearns (right) in action
Thomas Hearns (right) in action

Boxing great Thomas ‘Hitman’ Hearns will make a special guest appearance at Stirk House in Gisburn on Monday.

Hearns is renowned as one of the sport’s most legendary figures after becoming the first fighter in history to win five world titles in five different divisions.

The 56-year-old, born in Memphis, Tennessee, boasted a record of 61 wins from 67 contests, with 48 by way of knockout, one draw and five losses, and he’ll mostly be remembered for remarkable battles with Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard in the 1980s.

Hearns will meet the public and speak to Maree Boxing prospects Qasim Niaz as well as former stablemate Luke Blackledge ahead of the pair’s next outings at Blackburn King George’s Hall on November 22nd.

The Ring magazine’s fighter of the year for 1980 and 1984 joins an incredible list of fighters to visit the venue with Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Joe Frazier, Marco Antonio Barrera, Joe Calzaghe, Ricky Hatton, Frank Bruno, Henry Cooper, Barry McGuigan, Steve Collins, Roy Jones Jr and Carl Froch having appeared in the past.

Members of the public are welcome to visit the gym and meet Hearns for free from 7 p.m. while a photographer will also be on hand to take professional pictures with the American for £20 each.

Meanwhile, Maree Promotions will also welcome former world heavyweight champion David Haye to the Stirk House for an evening with the ‘Hayemaker’ on February 21st, 2015, with further details to be announced at a later date.