STAY OUT OF THE RING TOMMY
Growing up in inner city Detroit, we all loved Tommy Hearns.
He was the skinny kid with the jheri curls who trained a few blocks from our neighborhood. We cheered every first round knock out. We cheered every title and cried when he lost to Sugar Ray Leonard.
He owns seven titles, but Hearn's legacy is complete. We even forgave the failed comebacks of a few years ago.
But please, please don't come back and fight again.
Hearns is talking about returning for an eighth title. He needs to think more about his health than trying to make more history.
Hearns is already damaged from his previous fights. He appears less sharp than he did a few years ago. The last time we saw him was five years ago when he blew his knee out against Uriah Grant. The knee may have been an excuse because he sure did not look good up to that point.
He is 46 years old now. His skills have diminished. We even saw people heckle him during fights 10 years ago. What does he think he can accomplish today?
My fear is death or a serious injury. Hearns will face stronger, faster and younger fighters. And when you go into the ring you rarely think of holding back. Fighters hit the ring to destroy and get opponents out as quickly as they can.
I'm on board with Hearns' former manager Emanuel Steward who said he does not want Hearns to fight. Hearns said he won't listen.
I wish he would.