Boxing is a duel fight sport in which two people, usually wearing protective gloves, throw punches at each other for a predetermined amount of time in a boxing ring. Boxing was established as an Olympic game in 688 BC to Ancient Greece. In Great Britain, boxing evolved from 16th- and 18th-century prizefights, to the forerunner of modern boxing in the mid-19th century with the 1867 introduction of the Marquess of Queensberry Rules. Here, we are going to uphold the top 10 boxing greatest super fights of all time.
Top 10 Boxing Greatest Super Fights
All over nothing more delighting and horrifying than to see two highly greatest heavyweights fighting in a ring. Let’s start
10. Arturo Gatti vs. Micky Ward I
Ward faced the opponent with whom he became most identified, Arturo Gatti on May 18, 2002. The fight is also known as the 2002 Ring magazine fight of the year. After the match, both fighters needed care in a trauma center. Ward knockdown of Gatti proved to be the difference in the ninth round, with Ward winning a majority decision.
Gatti was able to win the second wild fight in November. Ward survived to finish the fight and knocked down in the third round. They don’t mess around, but the fight becomes something much more profound by the legendary ninth round – which is arguably the best three minutes of boxing history, and certainly of the early 21st Century in the sixth round.
It is said that Ward is famous for his trilogy of fights with Arturo Gatti, two of which received Fight of the Year awards by The Ring magazine, as well as his relentless pressure fighting style. This fight also is known as the “Super Fight” in the year.
9. Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns
Ray Charles Leonard was born on May 17, 1956. He is most known as “Sugar” Ray Leonard who is an American former professional boxer, motivational speaker, and occasional actor. Thomas Hearns is an American former professional boxer. He competed from 1977 to 2006. He is called by “Motor City Cobra” and more famously “The Hitman”.
This fight was held on September 16, 1981, between them. Both fighters enter the ring with separate welterweight belts for this unforgettable Las Vegas showdown. Thomas Hearns was only that had never been beaten at 32-0, and with 30 knockouts.
This fight was scheduled for 15 rounds. It seems like Sugar Ray has the upper hand by the sixth and seventh rounds. Hearns come back with a frenzy leading to a detonating conclusion as well as a unification of the welterweight championships.
8. Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm
Ronda Jean Rousey is an American professional wrestler who was born on February 1, 1987. She is not the only a boxer but also actress, author, and former mixed martial artist. Currently, she is signed to WWE, performing on the Raw brand, where she is a former Raw Women’s Champion. Holly Rene Holm is an American mixed martial artist who was born on October 17, 1981.
She competes not only in the Ultimate
Fighting Championship but also UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Although, Ronda Rousey was 12-0 and famous for her first-round knockouts in the world. Holly Holm was known for her extraordinary boxing skills, and it doesn’t take long for her to pepper the champ with jabs. Holm rocked the entire UFC by picking apart the sport’s biggest superstar and finishing the job with a vicious kick to the neck in Round 2.
During November 15, 2015, Holly Holm most notable win in mixed martial arts (MMA) occurred at UFC 193 in Melbourne. When she captured the bantamweight title and gave Ronda Rousey her first loss in the sport. This fight is generally deliberated to be one of the biggest upsets in fighting history.
7. Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Meldrick Taylor
Julio Cesar was a formidable legend in native Mexico. He has won three-time World Champion in the Jr. Lightweight, Lightweight and Jr. Welterweight divisions with an impressive undefeated record of 68–0 with 55 wins by knockout. His undefeated streak was the longest in nearly 80 years. Meldrick Taylor was nearly an axial opposite to the catenary Chavez.
Taylor had won an Olympic gold medal at just 17 as a member of the 1984 boxing team, which featured future legends such as Evander Holyfield and Pernell Whitaker. As his speed and reflexes proved to be nearly impossible for his foes to counter, Taylor’s rise through the professional ranks was also quick. This fighting was held on March 17, 1990, between Julio Cesar Chavez and Meldrick Taylor.
It is said that the fight was titled “Thunder Meets Lightning” as an allusion to the punching power of Chávez and fast hand speed of Taylor. Every people were more expected that the fight is to be a rousing and an exciting one, but it was completed with controversial and so dramatic. As a result, it would later be named The Ring magazine’s Fight of the Year for 1990, and later the “Fight of the Decade” for the 1990s.
6. B.J. Penn vs. Georges St-Pierre (2)
The fight was held in 2009 between B.J. Penn Vs Georges St-Pierre. Around three years later B.J. Penn and Georges St-Pierre confronted a memorable match at UFC 58. Both fighters are Champions of separate division UFC first.
It is said that the fight is notable for the massive hype, but it ultimately showcases GSP’s overwhelming ground-and-pound assault; a technique that would lead a Round 4 stoppage. When GSP has been greased, Penn’s camp later claimed with jelly in between rounds, which prompted a comedic admission from UFC’s undisputed champ.
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5. Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns
Marvelous Marvin Hagler vs Thomas Hearns confronted a memorable match in 1985. The fight was originally billed as “The Fight” also referred to as “The War”.
It was a world middleweight championship boxing match between undisputed champion Marvin Hagler and challenger Thomas Hearns, the world junior middleweight champion, who had gone up in weight for the bout. Due to its constant action, drama, and violent back-and-forth exchanges, the fight is considered by many to be among the finest boxing matches in history.
4. Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
In 2015, a memorable boxing match was held on between undefeated five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. They billed as the Fight of the Century or Battle for Greatness. With two judges scoring it 116–112 and the other 118–110, Mayweather Jr. won the contest by unanimous decision.
Despite the fight was considered to be one of the most anticipated sporting events in history, it was largely considered a letdown by critics and audiences alike upon its broadcast. Showing the respect of Pacquiao and Mayweather, the fight was televised through a pay-per-view (PPV) jointly produced by HBO and Showtime.
The fight was also broadcast in simulcast across three of the country’s major broadcast television networks in the Philippines. The fight made it the highest-grossing PPV in history. Although, the fight was much broadcast. It was primarily citing Mayweather’s defense-oriented strategy in the ring and Pacquiao's difficulty in landing punches on Mayweather.
3. Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor
The fight was held on August 26, 2017 at the light-middleweight weight class (154 lbs; 69.9 kg) between undefeated eleven-time five-division boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and two- division mixed martial arts (MMA) world champion and, at the time, UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada.
It was recorded the second highest pay-per-view buy rate in history and scheduled for twelve rounds. The fight is also known as “The Money Fight” and “The Biggest Fight in Combat Sports History”. After defeating McGregor by technical knockout (TKO) in the 10th round, Mayweather expanded his professional boxing career with the undefeated streak to 50 victories and 0 defeats (50–0), surpassing the 49–0 record of Hall of Famer Rocky Marciano.
Mayweather reportedly earning over $300 million from the fight as well as McGregor earning over $100 million from the fight.
2. Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield (I)
The fight was held on November 9, 1996, between at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson for the World Boxing Association heavyweight championship.
The round was Tyson’s first defense of the WBA title that he had won from Bruce Seldon on September 7 of that year. Mitch Halpern was the referee officiating the fight. It is said that the fight was promoted by Don King Productions and carried on pay-per-view by Showtime.
1.Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier (I)
The fight was known to all as “Fight of the Century” which was held on March 8, 1971 at Madison Square Garden in New York City between WBC/WBA heavyweight champion Joe Frazier (26–0, 23 KOs) and The Ring/lineal heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali (31–0, 25 KOs).
It is said that it was the first time that two undefeated boxers fought each other for the heavyweight title and Frazier won in 15 rounds via unanimous decision.