In boxing there are several surnames, especially in New England, as revered as Hagler and Roach.
They are part of the boxing royal family.
There is a new connection as James Hagler Jr.the grandson of the late Hall of Fame gorgeous Marvin Hagler, has signed an exclusive management contract with Fighter Locker, owned and operated by the nephew of Hall of Fame coach Freddie Roach, based in Boston. Ryan Roach.
The plan is for Roach to play Hagler in Massachusetts, ideally in Brockton, the city of champions in which Hagler, as well as another Hall of Fame member, Rocky Martian, fought during his professional career.
“I was looking for a manager and reading about Ryan,” Hagler said. “I searched for him on the internet, talked to him and met him for the first time last weekend. He is not a greedy man. Definitely he offered me the best deal I ever got. He really wants to help me. Ryan is a cool dude. I feel good from signing with him.
“Ever the fights in Brockton and Boston mean a lot to me because of my grandfather’s background, and that’s one of the reasons I signed a contract with Ryan. My mother and father come from that area, and I still have many families on both sides. I will be the third member of the Hagler family to fight in New England, joining my grandparents (Robbie Sims).
“I’m happy to run James,” Roach said. “I was immediately interested in a fighter named Hagler. I talked to James and he’s a good guy who’s into everything. He wants to prove himself, and I understand that because I want to do it on my own terms, not on my last name.
“We are excited that he will be fighting in New England. We’re going to do great things together. We plan to have him fight in Brockton, hopefully this summer, to bring boxing back to Brockton. ”
The 31-year-old Hagler, who fights Atlanta, started boxing at just 24 years old. Why did it start so late?
“My grandfather didn’t want any of us (in the Hagler family) to box,” James said. “I wanted to become a boxer at 3-4 years old. He did not want anyone in his family to experience what he did in the battle of Sugar Ray Leonardo. My father (a boxing promoter in Atlanta) was an amateur boxer who competed in the Olympic trials. He stopped boxing because my grandfather didn’t watch him fight. The father did not want to continue fighting.
“There’s a lot of pressure on me when I’m struggling because people expect me to be like my grandfather or want me to match Hagler’s name. I feel good following in my grandfather’s footsteps. When guys fight me, it’s like their championship fight because they want to say they beat Hagler for the right to brag. I know they will always fight against me. “
James (2-1, 1 KO) had a relatively short amateur career, fighting in Alabama and Georgia, and the left-hander made his debut on December 14, 2019 in Ohio when he stopped Michael Widmer in the first round. He has since fought just two fights, winning one and losing the second, the last last November.
Hagler will be fighting in the super-middleweight division at the moment, but he intends to compete in the middleweight division in the same division that his legendary grandfather has owned for so many years. He really means the battle of dreams, saying, “I met the grandson of Muhammad Ali (Nika Walsh). I would like to fight him someday. “
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