Boxing is a sport that has helped human beings focus the violence in them in a restricted form. It is a sport borne from the ability of human beings to dish out violence with techniques and skill. Boxing is a sport that had been around since the third millennium. Some records show that human beings have been engaging in boxing since 3000 BC. However, the oldest record is the Sumerian sculpture discovered in Iran and dated to have existed since the third millennium. Artworks from Greece and India, different countries of the world, had boxing sport at one point in their histories.
Boxing is now widely appreciated, and as a sensational sport that it has grown to be, it has created many dazzling moments that defined the sport’s growth. There are many spectacular moments in boxing. There are great moments in the 19th century, iconic moments of the 20th century, and the modern swag of the 21st century. Let’s take you through the enjoyable classic moments in boxing history. In this post, we have worked together with sport researchers to discuss the top 10 greatest boxing fight matches of all time. So ladies and gentlemen, let’s get ready to rumble.
James J. Corbett v John L. Sullivan of 1892
This era was the wild wild west era of boxing. You had to be passionate to be a boxer at these times. Boxers weren’t paid much and also were protected much. You only had your gloves, and that was it. Some boxers fought bare-knuckled even at this time, and the last of the bare-knuckled boxers of that era was no other than the great James J. Corbett. Fun fact, Corbett was also known as the Boston Strong Boy, and he was one of the big bad of boxing at the time. Although Corbett was the last of the bare Knuckle boxers, he fought with gloves most of the time. It was his eventual fizzling out that ended the bare-knuckle boxing era.
So, Corbett was challenged by John L. Sullivan. Folks tipped Corbett to win by Sullivan pulled an upset when he knocked out Corbett in the 21st round. As we said, the era was the wild wild west of the boxing era. That match would also remain iconic as it signified the rise of modern boxing.
Andy Bowen v Jack Burke of 1893
You would have seen from the above that boxing matches went over the modern 12 rounds. The old grizzled fighters of the old days would cringe at the 12 rounds. Why? Bowen and Burke duked it out for over 7 hours. They fought 110 rounds in a single boxing match. The most interesting thing is that the match ended as a no-contest, with the two fighters losing 10 pounds in that match. That match showed the never-give-up attitude that comes with boxing.
Ray Robinson v Jake LaMotta of 1951
Dubbed the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre because it took place on February 14, the fight showcased everything boxing is. The fight shows the heart of a champion and what it takes to be a warrior. The two boxers never gave up in this classic bout. Robinson was a famous fighter, and LaMotta eventually reached the hall of fame. Robinson pummelled LaMotta, but LaMotta didn’t tap out, nor was he knocked out. The fight had to be stopped, and Robinson was declared the winner.
George Foreman v Muhammad Ali in 1974
Ali was so good. He got the double. In a single year, Ali got into two iconic fights. We have mentioned one below, the other one we are going to talk about now. This fight was described as the most incredible fight of the 20th century. Foreman had never been beaten, and Ali was the underdog. After 8 rounds, Ali came to best Foreman at the 8th round. Ali was the older of the two and still managed to get the drop on the younger Foreman. About 1 billion watched that match in a time where there was no such thing as streaming. Even the documentary that was made on this fight was an award-winning documentary.
Muhammad Ali v. Joe Frazier in 1974
When you talk about iconic boxing matches, it wouldn’t be complete if you don’t mention the great Muhammad Ali. Muhammad Ali v. Joe Frazier’s fight is one of the most incredible fights in the boxing verse. The two of them had a lot to defend. When Ali was in jail, Joe was the big bad, and like Ali, he had never lost a match. You can see how the match turned out to be dramatic.
“Sugar” Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Durán II (1980)
The fight had started before the two fighters even stepped in the ring. The two of them had been engaging in some trash talking. Sugar turned bitter as Duran got under the head with some harsh words. Sugar didn’t fight in his usual calm style. Sugar took the match as a brawl, and he lost as Duran dismantled him brutally.
Evander Holyfield vs Mike Tyson II of 1997
This match sealed the Tyson legacy. This epic match was had an epic feature. Tyson turned canine and had bit off part of Holyfield’s ear. These two fighters went fist to fist with each other, and no one wanted to show quarter. Tyson became a legend for the way he tore into Holyfield’s ear. Tyson was disqualified afterward, and he lost his boxing license.
Arturo Gatti vs. Micky Ward in 2002
This fight is a great trilogy of fights. It’s like the lord of the rings if boxing. The Gatti v Ward fight is viewed as one of the greatest fights in the history of boxing. At the time, the two were not big money fighters as they didn’t weren’t signed to a big promotion. The two had to prove they were worthy of the big money promoters, and they did that well.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Vs. Manny Pacquiao (2015)
We swear we can see your face twist at seeing this fight in our top 10 most incredible fight. The hype to the fight was memorable, and the money the fight generated was mouth-watering. However, the fight itself was bland and cagey. The two fighters were tactical and too cautious. They didn’t go all out and didn’t give the audience a worthy show.
Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury (2018 and 2020)
What better way than to end our list? The fight between these two giants was epic. The initial battle in 2018 was epic as both fighters slugged it out to the end. Fury should have been down for the count but kept getting up. The match ended in a draw, but the second match had a definite winner, Fury. Fury gave it his all and eventually overwhelmed Wilder when they fought in 2020.
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