HEARNS SLUGGISH IN COMEBACK
John Long looks like me.
He is bald, light skinned and out of shape.
That is who Tommy Hearns beat Saturday night in his come back boxing match at Cobo Arena. The fat guy got his licks in, but Hearns stood in triumph, when Long the boxer and not the former NBA player refused to come out for the ninth round.
It was a sad night. Hearns did not look good. He got clocked early, but came on late because Long was out of shape and lacked talent.
Afterwards Hearns poised 45 minutes for photos with family and friends. The amazing thing is that a post-fight photo session could last that long. Fewer than 3,000 people showed up at Cobo Arena. Hearns' entourage was bigger than that during his hey day.
Why did Hearns need this night? Why does he talk about future bouts? Even his son Ronald Hearns asked that question after the evening was over.
No damage was done Saturday. Hearns found a tomato can. My fear is that he beats up on a couple dudes from the east side and then tries to fight a legitimate fighter looking to make a name for himself.
Lets hope this come back never comes to this. My fear is Hearns could suffer serious injury.
If this is about love and respect then Hearns should quit. He has both here in Detroit. He accomplished plenty in the ring.
He brought pride to Detroit and most Detroiters felt Tommy beat Sugar Ray Leonard in the rematch.
Hearns will never get the recognition he wants by stepping into the ring.
Give it up. Ronald is the boxer in the family now.
Sit back and enjoy his career.