Showtime Docuseries ‘The Kings’ places boxers Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Durán, Marvin Hagler and Thomas ‘The Hitman’ Hearns in Main Event

Four high-impact boxers – Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto “Manos de Piedra” Durán, Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns – will return to the limelight in Showtime docuseries The Kings.

The first of four episodes of the show will premiere on Sunday, June 6 at 8 p.m. ET / PT on linear and streaming, premium network ViacomCBS announced.

Nicknamed the Four Kings during their remarkable and overlapping careers, the quartet contested nine championship bouts between them from 1980 to 1989. Their distinct styles and vivid personalities helped spark a renaissance in the sport of boxing, which had suffered a slowdown after Muhammad Ali’s storybook run. concluded.

The backdrop to the series is the 1980s, a starting decade marked by socio-economic and political upheaval in the United States when President Ronald Reagan left his mark.

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Hagler died last month at age 66.

“These four men defined an era of boxing,” Stephen Espinoza, president of Showtime Sports, said in a press release. “Their individual histories, forever linked by the spectacular battles they fought, reflect a tumultuous period in American culture and history. The Kings takes the viewer beyond the glorious action of some of history’s most memorable awards to illuminate each man’s dramatic journey and the societal context that has made them stars in sports and popular culture.

Leonard’s first fight with Durán took place in 1980 and kicked off years of close in-ring battles and growing worldwide popularity outside of it. The four boxers, joined in the late 1980s by up and coming Mike Tyson, have gone on to become some of the biggest names in sports and popular culture.

The Boxing Writers Association of America voted each of the four Fighters of the Year each year except one from 1979 to 1985. The ring The magazine named three of their title fights Fight of the Year and chose Hagler-Hearns Round 1 as Round of the Year.

The show premieres in a year that marks the 45th anniversary of Leonard’s Olympic gold medal and the 40th anniversary of a highlight for the Four Kings: Leonard vs. Hearns.

The Kings is produced by Box To Box Film in association with Ingenious Media. The series is produced by James Gay-Rees (Amy, Senna, drive to survive) and Paul Martin (Diego Maradona, Drive To Survive), produced by Fiona Neilson (Oasis: Supersonic, Coldplay: a head full of dreams) and directed by Mat Whitecross (Oasis: Supersonic, Road To Guantanamo, Coldplay: a head full of dreams).

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