name = Gene Hatcher
realname = Ronald Hatcher, Jr.
nationality = United States
nickname = Mad Dog
birth_date = Birth date and age|1959|6|28|mf=y
Ft. Worth, Texas
style = Orthodox
total = 39
wins = 32
KO = 23
losses = 7
draws = 0
Ronald Hatcher Jr. (born
June 28, 1959, in Fort Worth, Texas), better known as "Gene Hatcher," is a former boxer who was world light welterweightchampion. His nickname ws "Mad Dog."
Hatcher was a United States Amateur Champion. In 1980 he became National AAU Welterweight Champion.
Early professional career
His most notable early win came against former WBC
super featherweightchampion Alfredo Escalerain 1982, when he won a ten-round decision. His next notable opponent, Tyrone Crawley, defeated him by a ten round decision. He followed that with a rematch in 1983 with Escalera. In that fight, Hatcher was dropped in round six and subsequently lost a unanimous ten round decision.
After racking up a few wins, Hatcher faced WBA
light welterweightchampion Johnny Bumphus on June 1, 1984, in Buffalo, New York. In what Ring magazine called its "Upset of the Year," Hatcher scored an eleventh-round technical knockout over Bumphus. When Hatcher knocked Bumphus down, he slipped and fell on a follow-up attempt. He then threw Bumphus down to the mat when both fighters clinched. A post-fight melee in the ring ensued after the stoppage.
Hatcher's first defense was against
Ubaldo Saccoin December of the same year. He won a fifteen-round decision. Sacco, however, won their July 1985 rematch (and title) with a ninth round knockoutwin in Italy(the fight was stopped by the referee because of a Hatcher cut). In Hatcher's next - and last - chance at a world crown, he lost by knockout in 45 seconds to Lloyd Honeyghanin August of 1987, with Honeyghan's WBC and IBF welterweight belts being at stake.
After losing to Honeyghan, Hatcher continued to fight. He had seven more fights, losing two (one of which was to future world champion Aaron Davis). After a victory in Ft. Worth over Juan Martin Galvan in 1995, Hatcher retired.
In his career, Hatcher won 32 fights and lost 7, with 23 wins by knockout.
* [http://www.boxrec.com/boxer_display.php?boxer_id=001975 Boxing Record]
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