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Showtime to debut four-part documentary series ‘The Kings,’ June 6

The series will cover the rivalry between Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns, and Sugar Ray Leonard.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Showtime will be bringing back a glimpse of boxing’s heyday with a four-part documentary series on the legendary rivalry between all-time welterweight greats, Roberto Duran, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Thomas ‘The Hitman’ Hearns, and Sugar Ray Leonard. The series will be entitled ‘THE KINGS’ and will debut on Sunday, June 6 at 8 p.m. ET. You can catch the full trailer to the film above. A press release issued by Showtime describes the series as so:

THE KINGS spotlights boxing’s evolution from the end of Muhammad Ali’s era to the era of the Four Kings, set against the seismic political and socio-economic shifts taking place in the United States. The Four Kings rose to fame as the presidency of Jimmy Carter and economic recession gave way to the boon of 1980s capitalism and excess harnessed by the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Through in-depth interviews and archival footage, the series also examines the very personal battles that each man waged on his unique journey to the center of the sports world.

The Four Kings era is widely regarded as one of the greatest eras in boxing history with the top talent in the world squaring off against one another, producing classic fights. Maybe, just maybe, today’s crop of fighters might learn a thing or two from this look back.

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