Boxing is an intense sport watched by many worldwide. Your average joe and high profile celebrities love attending live fights in places like the MGM Grand where Floyd “Money” Mayweather has almost set up home and the O2 arena in London where Anthony Joshua defended his IBF World Heavyweight title.
The sport has created many a legend from Muhammed Ali to welsh born Joe Calzaghe.
If you’re a boxing fan, you’ll have your own memorable moments watching the sport but to refresh your memory, here’s a list of the best boxing fights of all time with a new addition to the list; Tyson Fury.
Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier II – Their Second Fight – 1974
The final episode of this epic saga has become one of the reasons why we love Heavyweight boxing and why we remember Muhammad Ali for his time as a boxer, one of the greatest fights ever to take place in the history of the sport.
Having lost to Frazier three years earlier, Ali was now in amazing shape with a different strategy, keeping Frazier on the back foot. Ali was moving well and was trading heavy blows.
This fight reminds me of Tyson Fury’s most recent comeback fight in Las Vegas and has to go down in history as one of the greatest comebacks for the greatest boxer of all time. Muhammad Ali.
Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder II – Las Vegas – 2020
As mentioned above, Tyson Fury’s incredible comeback against previously fought Deontay Wilder can be compared to the amazing comeback fight of Ali vs Frazier.
A few years back, Fury lost out to Wilder. He was in poor shape both mentally and physically, and although putting on a good display, he was not performing at his best level.
After taking the time to get himself in shape for the purpose of a rematch, Fury and Wilder met again to fight it out in the Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas.
After several fierce rounds and with Wilder bleeding from one of his ears and not being able to get a proper footing the referee stopped the fight and Fury became WBC Heavyweight Champion of the world.
Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns – 1981
Promoted as “The Showdown” Leonard (30-1 with 21 KO) battled Hearns (32-0 with 30 KO) on the 16th September 1981 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, to unite the world championship of Welterweight in a planned 15-rounder.
They fought in front of a live crowd of over 23,000 people and to a global audience on the TV of more than 250 million.
In the months following the battle, Leonard sustained a detached retina and declared his first retirement shortly afterwards.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao – 2015
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Manny Pacquiao called the biggest fight of the century, and the Battle for Greatness was a pro boxing match between the undefeated five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao.
The fight was remembered more for its hype, instead of just the performance of the boxers. It generated more than $400 million in revenue largely helped by the 4.6 million pay-per-view purchases from around the globe.
The fight itself was one of the most awaited events in the history of the sport and one of the biggest fights ever. Unfortunately, Mayweather did what he did best, ducked and stumbled, and Pacquiao, who had never been unpredictable, erupted. Mayweather went on to win by unanimous decision, and the two returned home a hell of a lot richer.
Castillo vs. Corrales – 2005
Diego Corrales vs José Luis Castillo was a boxing fight which took place in Las Vegas, on 7th May 2005.
They traded hard punches all through their Lightweight title fight before Castillo knocked down Corrales twice at the beginning of the 10th round.
Corrales looked beaten, but he somehow managed to come back to his feet and make one of the biggest comebacks ever seen in the ring.
It had it all: battering punches, variations of lightning-fast strikes and underhand tactics. Corrales had been put on his back foot on two occasions before delivering a tremendous right hook to win the fight and retain his title belt. He later lost his belt in the rematch by a fourth-round knockout.
Great Future Title Boxing Fights To Look Forward To In 2020
- Kal Yafai vs Roman Gonzalez (WBA Super Flyweight Title)
- Julio Cesar Martinez vs Jay Harris (WBC Flyweight Title)
- Shakur Stevenson vs Miguel Marriaga (WBO Featherweight Title)
- Mairis Briedis vs Yunier Dorticos (IBF Cruiserweight Title)
- Francesco Patera vs Devis Boschiero (WBA ‘Interim’ Lightweight Title)
- Luca Rigoldi vs Gamal Yafai (European Super Bantamweight Title)
- David Avanesyan vs Josh Kelly (European Welterweight Title)
- Artur Beterbiev vs Fanlong Meng (WBC & IBF Light Heavyweight Titles)
- Geovana Peres vs Savannah Marshall (WBO Light Heavyweight Title)
- Daniel Dubois vs Joe Joyce (British & Commonwealth Heavyweight Titles)
- Samir Ziani vs Alex Dilmaghani (European Super Featherweight Title)
- Naoya Inoue vs John Riel Casimero (WBA, IBF & WBO Bantamweight World Titles)
Future Fight Predictions
A future fight has been predicted between two great British fighters Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury. According to BBC and Sky Sports News, the fight will definitely happen but no date or venue for the fight has been announced.
Deontay Wilder has also called for a rematch with Tyson Fury so we can look forward to seeing a great fight between them both in future again too.