Top Ten Greatest Boxing Fights

The Top Ten
1 Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier

Ali claimed he floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee. Not against Joe Frazier, who broke the butterfly's wings with solid hits to the head and body. As far as the sting was concerned, Joe was an elusive target and made Ali miss. Besides, Ali was busy trying to fend off The relentless Frazier who did not not give him much of a chance to sting.

I have seen a few posts suggesting that Ali did enough to win this fight. Ali did not come close to winning. Frazier hit him hard, hit him often, and hurt him in pretty much every round.

Not being knocked out helped Ali avoid humiliation at Joe's hands in this fight. Joe hit Ali every which way. It was a brutal beat down.

Joe Frazier was hungry in the first fight with Ali. He wanted to show the world conclusively that he was better than Ali and the undisputed champ.

Over fifteen rounds in the first fight, Joe did exactly that. He CLOBBERED Ali.

2 Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier III

Ali thought Joe was washed up by the time if this fight. Joe was well past his peak, but fighting Ali always charged up Joe. Joe's style was also a bad match up for Ali. Ali won, but Joe Frazier gave him a fearsome beating.

According to boxing historian Bert Randolph Sugar, Frazier though he lost was partying and singing while Ali the victor stayed in bed for at least 2 days. That bout should've retired Ali, but he needed the money and fame to keep fighting until he had nothing left against Larry Holmes in October, 1980.
It's Joeysworld.

The last great fight between two great champions giving everything they had. Greatest heavyweight fight of all time. Neither one the same after that fight

Brutality that we'll never see again. They don't make warriors like this anymore!

3 Arturo Gatti vs. Micky Ward

An awesome inspiring action fight of all time. This is the heart of professional boxing,
Two warriors fighting with heart, a courage for nothing but their pride on the line. Tons of excitement, courage, heart, big shots, little defense, etc.
Gatti - best action fighter of his generation.

The best by BOTH fighters... Ward is the "Pride of Lowell" not Dicky Eklund. Sugar Ray slipped baby. So. Lowell in the house here!

Man vs Man, will vs courage, endurance vs agility, clearly the best fight of the boxing history.

Heart, determination & lump in the throat courage. The ninth round immortalised the pair of them.
RIP Arturo

4 Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns

Throw strategy out the window. This was nothing more than a street fight for 8 minutes. 3 rounds of pure brutality.

To think, Hagler was badly cut in the first minute of the fight, should give you an indication of how tough a puncher Tommy Hearns was.

But after 8 minutes of watching, what can only be described as a predator stalking its prey, Hagler catches Hearns when Hearns foolishly turns his back on Hagler for a split second... Needless to say, lights out Mr Hearns.

Let's be thankful that the rung doctor didn't stop the bout in the first minute of round 3, or this fight would be nowhere near this great fights list.

You could tell Hagler knew he had to finish it quick and I think he knew that cut would only get worse the longer the fight went on, increasing the liklihood of the fight being stopped.

Great, great, great fight. Go watch it now!

5 Sandy Saddler vs. Willie Pep
6 Mike Tyson vs. Buster Douglas

A real underdog story

7 Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson
8 Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns

Buster Douglas vs Tyson maybe on a list of greatest upsets. This fight was highly anticipated and delivered the goods two great fighters.

9 Julio César Chávez vs. Meldrick Taylor

Non stop action for 12 rounds. Clearly displayed the difference between a boxer and a fighter.

Taylor showed great heart that night. But chavez arguably the best boxer of all time. His timing was pergect.

10 Diego Corrales vs. Jose Luis Castillo

Having worked for both HBO and Showtime for more than 25 years, I worked fishpole at ringside for all three of the Gatti/Ward battles. Of the more than 265 fights I worked, these three (and the Corrales/Castillo trio of fights) were more exciting than any of the Mayweather fights I worked (38)

Still the best of this millennia. Amazing

The best fight ever!

The Newcomers

? Archie Moore vs. Yvon Durelle I
? Max Baer vs. Jim Braddock

An aging Jim Braddock beat 8-1 odds and got a wide decision win over the vicious power puncher Max Baer, earning himself the title of Cinderella man. A fine display of technical counterpunching and moving on Braddock's part

The Contenders
11 Érik Morales vs. Marco Antonio Barrera I

This fight should definitely be ranked higher. It was a see saw battle from two fighters who definitely despised each other. Erik being undefeated and pound for pound...and Marco hating that he was forgotten about after the Junior Jones loss. Great scrap I thought Morales took two out of the their trilogy. The first being the closest.

As an avid boxing viewer, this for me is the greatest boxing match of all time. This match will keep you on the edge of your seat throughput. Back and forth like you've never seen. If you like boxing and haven't seen this contest, I would urge you to check this match.

Best fight I've ever seen.

12 George Foreman vs. Ron Lyle

Best slugfest ever!

13 Roberto Duran vs. Sugar Ray Leonard

This one of the top five fights ever. Heavyweights are overrated. Fighters today in the welterweight class would not last 5 rounds with either Duran or Leneord.

The classic matchup The Great Vs The Great. Legendary fight that I still love to watch nowadays.

14 Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Márquez I

Its gone either way

Pac man is strong

This should be 1

15 Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman

Ali at his most cunning. A must-see for any self-proclaimed boxing fan.

16 Nigel Benn vs. Gerald McClellan

Seriously. Most brutal fight ever. One almost dies and left dumb, deaf and blind. The fought one more time and retired. So vicious the boxing community doesn't want to remember it.

Brutal. Let's hope this never happens again.

Great fight from 1st minute, sad for McClellan but still hell of a fight

17 Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Jake LaMotta VI
18 Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto
19 Joe Calzaghe vs. Mikkel Kessler
20 Iran Barkley vs Roberto Durán
21 Aaron Pryor vs. Alexis Argüello
22 Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko

An ending fit for a legend like Wlad! No shame in passing the torch and in such style... AJ got a little lucky after the knockdown.

23 Oscar De La Hoya vs. Felix Trinidad
24 Larry Holmes vs. Gerry Cooney
25 Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Marvin Hagler

HAGLER WON EASY! Watch this fight on mute! Sugar Ray Leonard is one of the best but he just didn't win this fight.

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