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Beach Buzz: Jimmy Resnick recalls 1985 ‘Fight of the Century’: Hagler vs. Hearns

Marvin Hagler, Hagler’s trainer Goody Petronelli and Jimmy Resnick. Resnick put the championship belt on Hagler after he won the fight.
Marvin Hagler, Hagler’s trainer Goody Petronelli and Jimmy Resnick. Resnick put the championship belt on Hagler after he won the fight.

While many continue to rehash details of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight, one Miami Beach resident is recalling another “Fight of the Century” that took place 30 years ago: the World Middleweight Championship between Marvin Hagler and Tommy Hearns. That bout took place April 15, 1985, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas – and Miami Beach real estate investor Jimmy Resnick served as a supervisor for the event.

“That fight was more exciting and had more telling punches – and it only went for three rounds,” Resnick says. “While the Mayweather/Paquiao fight was a dud, it gave boxing a needed injection of excitement.”

Resnick, 65, grew up in Miami Beach since age 10. His dad, Abe Resnick served as a city commissioner and vice mayor. In 1979, Jimmy Resnick was appointed to the Miami Beach Boxing Commission. He became chairman of that group in 1983 – and in 1984, was appointed by then-Gov. Bob Graham to the first State Boxing Commission. Resnick also served as vice president of the World Boxing Association (WBA).

He says being chosen to supervise the Hagler vs. Hearns fight was one of the most exciting events in his life.

“Everyone was there. Stars in that audience included Sylvester Stallone, Leroy Neiman, Magic Johnson, Joan Rivers, Gene Hackman and David Hasselhoff – to name a few,” says Resnick. “It was 30 years ago but is still considered one of the greatest fights in history.”

In recognition of his years of service to the sport of boxing, Resnick will be inducted into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame, Class of 2015. He is one of three officials/commission members to be inducted, along with a select list of fighters, trainers/managers, promoters and media people.

“I have been fortunate to supervise many world title fights from South Florida to London, Monaco, Italy and other cities (1980-2000),” Resnick said. “It’s a thrill to be honored for a sport that I love.”

The induction takes place June 21 in Tampa.

New rehab center

Dignitaries and friends gathered April 29 to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at UHealth/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

Once completed in two years, the 100-bed private room facility will offer state-of-the-art neuroscience research, clinical care, with comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services.

The center, to be constructed on the corner of Northwest 12th Avenue and 16th Street, will be built with $25 million donated by philanthropist Christine E. Lynn, a former nurse, plus approximately $75 million of the $830 million bond approved by county voters in 2013.

The celebration continued that evening with a cocktail party at Quality Meats restaurant on South Beach (1501 Collins Ave.), underwritten by the eatery in honor of Christine Lynn and the center’s groundbreaking.

An offshoot of the acclaimed Manhattan eatery, Quality Meats opened in Miami Beach in February. It’s owned by father/son team Alan and Michael Stillman (Fourth Wall Restaurant Group). Alan Stillman founded Smith & Wollensky in 1977, after creating T.G.I. Friday’s; Michael helped open South Pointe Park’s Smith & Wollensky in 1997.

In addition to Alan Stillman, more than 300 attended the soiree, including Kristin and Matthew Whitman Lazenby, Nick and Lynn Buoniconti, Marc Buoniconti and his fiancée Cynthia Vijitakula, Chuck and Andi Edelstein, Judy and Don Lefton and Michelle and Jason Rubell.

To learn more about The Miami Project, visit

Garden party

More than 100 guests attended the 88th annual Spring Luncheon hosted by the Miami Beach Garden Club on April 23 at Indian Creek Country Club.

Theme for the event was “1920’s Glitz and Glamour” with decorations and floral arrangements (blue Delphiniums and white roses) created by Ellen Klein of Klein Design Group and Mary Harriman, past president of the Miami Beach Garden Club.

There was a roaring ’20s dance routine, courtesy of Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Miami Beach, and Spring Collection fashion show by Nicole Shelley models.

Winners of a “Birds of a Feather” contest featuring ’20s inspired fascinators (headdresses) and cloches (bell-shaped hats): Tarmara Benson of Sunny Isles (Best Overall Use of Materials); Leticia Gunn (Most Miami Garden); Mindy Gatz (Best Use of Material); Sue Olsen (Most Elegant); Francinelee Hand, Kandi Stirman and Sara Kaplan (Zaniest) and Deming Harriman (Most Fragrant).

Newly elected officers were installed, including co-presidents Marianne Nation and Sandy Shapiro (who is also serving as interim executive cirector for the Miami Beach Botanical Garden following the recent departure of Cindy Brown).

Luncheon co-chairs were Ginger Kahn and Bonnie Dockter. Proceeds contributed to the ECOMB Adopt-A- Beach Foundation.

The Miami Beach Garden Club meets eight times annually at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. For details, visit

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