If Durán’s motives remain unclear, the characters of all four fighters are vivid. Durán is the half-crazy man with large appetites and a warrior’s view of the world. Hagler, defined by his remarkable self-discipline, is a wary, suspicious character who seems incapable of fully enjoying his success. The least likable is Leonard, a gifted man whose Machiavellian manipulations undermine his integrity. It’s Hearns, the Detroit “Hit Man,” who seems the most affable and well-balanced.
That last conclusion will sound strange to those who remember Hearns as a semi-articulate fighter who entered the ring trying to decapitate his opponents. But this chance to get behind the ominous image making is one just more reason for fight fans to pick up Four Kings.
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