Thursday, October 3, 2013

Top 5 Heavyweight Fights of All Time

#1 & 1a) The Fight of the Century & The Thrilla in Manila
Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier 1 & 3

Aside from the second fight in this trilogy, both fights were all-time classics. The first fight lived up to all the hype and became the model for which all big fights became an event. Only the rematch between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling can compare, or even override, the first fight.

And the third fight in the trilogy had the most brutal back and forth action. It was so brutal that the heat between the punches and the humidity in the ring made this the only fight not to go the distance.

#2) Ken Norton vs Larry Holmes

The final round was an extension of a spirited battle between legendary Norton and a then up-and-coming, undefeated Holmes.

#3) Ron Lyle vs George Foreman

Lyle and Foreman said to hell with the finer points of boxing and wailed bombs at each other until one man (Lyle) finally could not get up again.

#4) David Tua vs Ike Ibeabuchi

This little known, under-the-radar fight is one of the better heavyweight fights ever seen (or unseen). Both fighters used boxing skills along with effective aggression to produce some of the hardest and highest punch stats ever seen int he ring. This fight took a little bot off the careers of both men, especially Ibeabuchi.

#5) Riddick Bowe vs Andrew Golota 2

The rematch to the highly controversial and scandalous ending to the first meeting should be shown to all big men who don't mind leaving it all in the ring. Both men tasted the canvas this fight literally ended both men as serious title contenders. 

Honorable mention:
Rocky Marciano vs Jersey Joe Walcott 1
The only undefeated heavyweight champion in boxing history was on the verge of defeat when, in the 13th round, he landed one of the most murderous knockout punches in boxing history.

Please let me know your selection and feel free to let me know any I might have missed.

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