Tommy Hearns was in town yesterday to promote his Dec. 3 bout with champion Wilfred Benitez for the WBC super welterweight crown, and the big news emerging from the session was big, indeed.
"Tommy's walking-around weight these days is 167 pounds," said his manager, Emanuel Steward. "He's going to have to work hard to get down to 154" for the Benitez fight in New Orleans.
Is this is the Tommy Hearns who made weight at 147 a little over a year ago when he lost to Sugar Ray Leonard in a bid for the undisputed welterweight title?
The same, said Steward, and no flab was showing through Hearns' sharply tailored blue tuxedo, either. At 6 feet 2 and 24 years old, he's hard and still filling out, which is how he and Steward have come to establish the most amazing scenario for his future.
Hearns said he wants to give two more years to his boxing career before retiring. In that time he plans to seek three more titles to add to the World Boxing Association welterweight crown he held before Leonard won it from him.
He intends to capture Benitez' title Dec. 3, then fight Marvin Hagler for the middleweight title within a year at 160, then advance to a light-heavyweight title fight at 175 pounds sometime before his 26th birthday.