We are all entertained by seeing two evenly matched combatants fight each other for the grand prize, being filled with raw power and violence. Boxing gives us all a feeling of exhilaration, while terrifying us at the same time. Here are the ten best boxing matches of all time, that gave people watching a chill down their spine, admiring these “mountains” fight for the prize.
5. Marvin Hagler vs. Tommy Hearns
This fight took place on the 15th of April, 1985. It lasted only eight minutes, and the two players landed a storm of punches on each other. In the third round, Hagler knocked Herns out, leaving the ring bloody, but victorious. This match might have been short, but it was shocking to see the two opponents emerge that furiously at each other from the first second.
4. Rocky Marciano vs. Jersey Joe Walcott
While Marciano was on a 42-0 streak of victories, he challenged Walcott for the title. The fight took place on the 23rd of September 1952, and ended in the 13th round, when the faster and chaotic Marciano rendered Walcott unconscious. Even though Walcott dominated the fight in the first part of the match, being much more technical than his opponent, he wasn’t able to get up from the vicious right that Marciano threw at him.
3. Micky Ward vs. Arturo Gatti I
These two boxers fought each other three times, but their first match was definitely the best. Taking place in the 18th of May 2002, the match lasted for 10 rounds that were filled with jaw dropping punches. The 9th round of the match was spectacular, and it’s considered to be one of the best rounds of boxing to ever be recorded. In their three confrontations, Ward only won in this one, but it’s the most important and memorable match between the two anyway.
2. Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Tommy Hearns
This match had a lot of hype around it before it began, and it lived up to the expectations. In the 16th of September 1981, these two titans traded punches for 14 rounds. Finally, in the 14th round, Leonard unleashed his whole fury and delivered a series of ferocious punches that left everyone gazing amazed and shocked, and he went on to leave the ring victorious and proud.
1. Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier III
This fight will definitely forever remain the best in history, as Ali and Frazier met each other for a third fight to prove who is the best. It was a tie between the two, but Ali went on to win the match and cement his dominance in this sport. Both players came out damaged, being an even fight, and the winner admitted that he couldn’t go on for any longer, winning only due to the fact that Frasier gave up before he did.