Former boxing champion debuts children's book with author Dustin Warburton

NORWICH – Marvelous Marvin Hagler, one of the most renowned middle-weight boxing champions, has thrown his name back in the ring, this time co-authoring a children's book.

Hagler, now 61, lives in Italy; but after nearly 25 years of being out of the spotlight, he has emerged to work with his friend, Dustin Warburton (originally from McDonough and now a Vermont-based author) on his most recent book, “Lost Wings.”

“This book was really reshaped and remolded a lot. It was really cool and kind of like clay if you think about it. People often keep the first thing they make, but now you’ve got to mold it again and make it better,” said Warburton.

Hagler was most remembered for being the undisputed middle-weight boxing champion of the world from 1980 to 1987.

But Hagler is even more memorable for having his undisputed title stolen from him by the two ringside judges in front of thousands at Caesar’s Palace on April 6, 1987. That night, Hagler lost a split decision to Sugar Ray Leonard. Hagler would go on to be inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993.

Warburton explained how he has worked over the years with other celebrities such as Kostya Tszyu, Hector Camacho Jr., and Dennis Rodman – all of which resulted in a children's book hitting the stores.

“Lost Wings,” a 36-page paperback that is more than two years in the making, was officially published in October and is now being sold online on websites like Amazon, Ebay, and Barnes and Noble for around $14.99.

“It took us over two years to finish. We went back and forth with ideas. I’d take notes, type them up and send them to him. He’d print them out, make changes, then write his own notes,” said Warburton.

The book follows the story of Mario the race pigeon and looks to teach children about the importance of teamwork.

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