Hagler vs. Hearns
On April 15, 1985, Marvelous Marvin Hagler successfully defended his Middleweight title by knocking out challenger Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns in the third round. The fight took place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
The first round is considered by many as one of the greatest first round in boxing’s long history.
Hagler vs. Hearns was named 1985 The Ring magazine “Fight of the Year”, with the first round, “Round of the Year”.
Hagler vs. Hearns is remembered as one of the greatest fights of all time.
The quality of his work and his popularity rank him among the most successful and sought-after current American painters.
Born in New York in 1941, Stephen Holland is best known for his portraits of athletes and celebrities.
Holland attended The School of Art and Design, Art Students League, The School of Visual Arts, and Pratt Institute.
Stephen Holland has garnered the respect given to a master painter, witnessed by the numerous commissions and accolades he received in the field of music and sports, including The American Sport Art Museum and Archives, Los Angeles Kings, ’96 Olympics, The GRAMMY’s, LA Dodgers, Major League Baseball, Baltimore Ravens, Colorado Avalanche and proud, private collectors worldwide.
Holland’s most famous paintings have been of fighters and particularly Muhammad Ali, with whom he had a special friendship.
As a young painter, Holland could not afford to hire live models. The images he found in boxing magazines became his subjects.
Years later, and in the world of boxing alone, Holland will be asked to paint just about every major name in the history of the sport: Tyson, Leonard, De La Hoya, Chavez, Klitschko, Marciano, Frazier and of course Muhammad Ali.
Holland is the master of painting the “tough guys.” There is struggle and triumph, grit and glory, humanity and spirit, in every Holland painting.
His latest boxing painting was a portrait of Gennady Golovkin, commissioned by GGG’s management to be used in the promotion of his fight against Kell Brook in London’s O2 Arena.