Best Boxing Fights Ever

Boxing, a game with a name that will bring an adrenal rush to your body. The knockout punches that brought about unexpected wins, the shortest time taken to knock an opponent to the ground, a fight between an opponent with the most number of world tiles opposite an underdog, are all markings of a great boxing bout. Let’s have a look at the best fights of all time, and remember some of the glorious matches of boxing.

Top 10 Boxing Bouts in History

George Foreman vs Ron Lyle
This was a war between two heavy hitters. It was George Foreman’s first fight in 15 months. In his last match, he had lost to the almighty Muhammad Ali in ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’. This face-off between Foreman and Lyle was termed as the ‘Fight of the Year’ by Ring Magazine. It was won by Foreman, who continued to pick himself up after receiving multiple blows himself. This is truly one of the best boxing matches ever, where Foreman put in his best effort ever.

Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman
Muhammad Ali and George Foremen were both legends in their own rights. Just the very mention of this bout makes one remember this as the biggest upsets ever. Foreman was known to annihilate every heavyweight champion who dared to stand opposite him. The verdict of the match was thought to be very predictable, as everyone assumed Ali didn’t stand a chance. However, in the seventh round, Ali threw a heavy stunner. Foreman was knocked out of the game, and Ali won. This was just one of the many accomplishments of Muhammad Ali.

Thomas Hearn vs Marvin Hagler
Think what you may, but this definitely is one of the best boxing matches ever fought in history. It was fought in the ‘golden eighties’. Thomas Hearns was a devastating boxer, who brushed off anyone who dared to step up opposite him in the ring. Hagler was known to start slow, but in this match, he came up aggressively against Hearn. The fight looked as if the two thought they had just three rounds to complete the fight. In the second round, Hearns hit Hagler with a power punch, and Hagler too had his share of punches on his opponent. By the third round, there was nonstop action, that lead to a knockout punch. Hagler won the fight and earned himself a name worldwide.

Arturo Gatti vs Micky Ward I
This fight earned the title of the ‘Fight of The Year’ by Ring Magazine. The ‘Irish’ Micky Ward and Arturo ‘Thunder’ Gatti fought one of the best boxing fight in history. Ward secured a point’s win over Gatti in the ninth round, after a ferocious and bloody fight.

Jose Luis Castillo vs Diego Corrales
Fought in May 2005, it had all the ingredients that made it known as the match of the decade. This fight saw a shower of battering blows, underhand tactics, etc. Knocked down twice during the game, Corrales bought additional recovery time by spitting out his mouth guard. Finally, he gave out a ‘perfect’ right hand (in his words), and was declared victorious over Castillo.

Buster Douglas vs Mike Tyson
This one proved to be the greatest upsets in Mike Tyson’s boxing career. He was termed invincible, and his loss to James ‘Buster’ Douglas shattered this image.

Marvin Hagler vs Vito Antuofermo
This is one of the rare fights that was good but ended in controversy. This fight was declared a draw, even though many felt Hagler had won the fight.

Sugar Ray Robinson vs Carmen Basilio II
This event was a 15-round match, where the fading boxing star Sugar Ray managed to win against the formidable Basilio II on points.

Julio Cesar Chavez vs Meldrick Taylor I
This match was fought over 12 full rounds. Chavez was behind by one point. However, the tables were turned with just two seconds left on the clock. Chavez won the match, leaving everyone in the arena truly astonished.

Erik Morales vs Marco Antonio Barrera I
These slender bodied Mexicans delivered a heavyweight performance in the ring. The entire fight was more than perfect, with round eight becoming one of the most memorable boxing rounds ever. The fight was divided into two sequels by public demand. The first was won by Morales, and the rematch was won by Barrera through a unanimous outcome. The final and third fight took place at Super Featherweight. This was won by Barrera through a majority decision.

Other Memorable Bouts

  • Jonny Reagan v Jack Dempsey, 1887
  • Sugar Ray Leonard v Thomas Hearns, 1981
  • Bobby Chacon v Rafael Limon, 1982
  • Bartley Gorman vs Mexicana Webb, 1980
  • Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier III, 1975
  • Jack Dempsey vs. Luis Angel Firpo, 1923
  • Joe Louis vs. Billy Conn, 1941
  • Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson, 1997
  • Rocky Marciano vs Jersey Joe Walcott, 1952

I can go on and on enlisting some of the best fights that have taken place. One can continue to name some of the greats, like John L. Sullivan, Randolph Turpin, Floyd Patterson, David Diaz, Oscar de la Hoya, Ricky Hatton, and remember all the best boxing matches fought by them.

Boxing Tips for Beginners

This is a sport where if you are not ready for the attack, the opponent can and will, surely knock you down. Just like this dialog from a boxing movie ‘Rocky’ starring Sylvester Stallone;

Mickey: Your nose is broken.
Rocky: How does it look?
Mickey: Ah, it’s an improvement.

Yes, this is what is the quintessential sport boxing we are talking about here. The likes of Mike Tyson and Cassius Clay aka Muhammad Ali, they have been there done that. These boxers slogged and slogged hard to get to the top.

Tips for Boxing
Proper Gear
It is extremely significant that you have a good pair of gloves at your disposal at the onset when you want to learn boxing. Apart from that, you would need hand wraps, mouth piece, headgear and shoes.

Basic Techniques
You would most probably begin with learning what is, in boxing jargon, called a jab. Here is what you do.

  • Get in a boxing stance with your lead foot forward.
  • With the weight on your toes, take a step forward, and simultaneously throw a straight punch using your lead hand.
  • Get your fist back in its original position and repeat.

Once you get the jab, it will serve as a pathway for learning other techniques involved in boxing. One of them is footwork and the other is blocking. Footwork for most part would be taken care of while jabbing, but still you would need to work on that. Blocking will help you know how to block those power packed blows from an opponent. There too, you have to analyze the situation and then block. In addition to this, you also need to attack. So, for attacking, you need to create opportunities to throw that lethal punch. A good punching bag will do the needful for you. Along with this, you need to be mentally prepared to take hard blows as well. That will be developed as you train more and more. Another factor when you are in a ring is preemption. Somewhere down the line, you would be required to anticipate a punch, where in you will need to attack before that. Again, this would be a result of your hard training and love for the sport. There are some more techniques, but they are better left for the trainer to explain and teach!

Fitness and Nutrition
Imagine you have a great potential, have all the punches, blocks and preemptive methods in your kitty. But you blow it off in just the 3rd round. Reason? Lack of stamina and requisite endurance. So the point is to be fit as a fiddle and concentrate on maintaining perfect health. This is done by proper nutrition or eating habits, rigorous boxing workouts, and stamina building exercises. For instance eating carbohydrates before training and proteins after training. Running or any other cardiovascular exercise is excellent for improving stamina. Without this, all your mind-boggling boxing skills can go for a toss.

Sparring
Sparring, in short is fighting it out like an actual boxing contest with a partner. But this a bit of an advanced stage. Sparring gives you a real feel of being in the ring. Fine, you can punch the punching bag to a lump, but are not so good in front of an opponent. The solution for this is sparring. Sans sparring, you would not get any idea about how to go about defending, clinching, and distancing.

Last but not the least, you would need a truckload of patience, ye fellas, because boxing is not child’s play. It is a sport where you should be ready to take blows in the same spirit as you are to throw punches. It is all a part of the game.