10 Boxing Fights You Need To See
Boxing’s been a great sport for decades now and in that time we’ve seen many great fights and today I look at some fights that you need to see. If you’re just getting into boxing, you need to check out these fights which are in no particular order.
10) Jorge Linares Vs. Vasyl Lomachenko
This fight was an amazing fight as it was the first time we ever seen Lomachenko get knocked down in a bout and we found out that be can take a knock down and still come back to be victorious when he knocked Linares out in the 10th round. I recently published an article about the pound for pound king talking about his fight in a bit more detail so feel free to check it out.
9) Mike Tyson Vs. Evander Holyfield
This was Tyson’s first defence of his WBA championship against a monstrous opponent in Holyfield since he returned in 1995. This turned into be an amazing fight that ended in an upset when Hollyfield finished Tyson in the 11th round. The paring did have a rematch but that only went 3 rounds until Tyson chowed Holyfield’s ear like a cheesecake.
8) Muhammad Ali Vs. Joe Frazier III
Ali and Frazier, “Thrilla in Manila” it was dubbed and it would live on to be one of the most amazing and electric fights of all time which ended with a beautiful stoppage in the 14th round by Ali. Now, I don’t know if boxing should go back to the 15 round format, I just can’t imagine it in today’s boxing but it would be a fun concept. The fight was viewed by 1,000,000,000 people. Yes - one billion people witnessed this fight, that is mind bogggling and utterly insane to comprehend.
7) Floyd Mayweather Jr. Vs. Manny Pacquiao
Billed as the fight of the century, or the battle for greatness -, Mayweather showed his beautiful power of defence and won the bout by unanimous decision. Pacquiao wants a rematch but it’s unlikely we’ll get one in 2019 as Mayweather is seemingly retired but it’s fun to think about.
6) Ryan Garcia Vs. Braulo Rodriguez
This was an amazing show of talent and skill by Garcia when he dominated the ring and stood centre and took Rodriguez for a brawl by the looks of it. Garcia won the bout by TKO in the 5th round. This is a fight you need to see as Garcia is a very young prospect who’s really going to be a big name so keep an eye open for the Mexican star.
5) Floyd Mayweather Jr. Vs. Conor McGregor
The fight that was supposed to be an easy win for Floyd Mayweather turned to be possibly Floyds hardest fight. Even though he won, the MMA fighter who everyone counted out seemed to put on a beautiful performance against Floyd but was stopped in the 10th round by stoppage (which some thought to be early). There’s been talks of a rematch but I really don’t want to see a rematch between two as what’s the point?
4) Muhammad Ali Vs. George Foreman
A beautiful piece of boxing in the ring that day as we all seen constant trades between the two boxers which came to be a classic fight for boxing fans. The bout was won by Ali in the 8th round by TKO.Fights like these are what made Ali such a legendary figure in the sport of boxing.
3) Josh Warrington Vs. Carl Frampton
Now this fight was an absolute brawl from the beginning to the end, I do not know where these men got the stamina from because this fight was constantly back and forth from the first minute as Warrington hit Frampton with a big right hand which rocked him and that is where the war really began. The fight went to the decision with Warrington taking a win over Frampton. This is Warrington’s biggest win of his career so far as beating an already established name in Frampton, really put him onto the next level.
2) Anthony Joshua Vs. Wladimir Klitschko
Joshua won by TKO in the eleventh round. They fought a close and cautious first four rounds. In the fifth, Joshua came out and barraged Klitschko to the canvas. Klitschko rose up and dominated Joshua for the remainder of the round, battering him and scoring his own knockdown in round 6. The next few rounds were again cautious, both men wary of each other, until a reinvigorated Joshua attacked Klitschko in round 11, sending him to the canvas. Klitschko again rose but Joshua knocked him down for a second time in the round, then sent a barrage of punches while Klitschko was against the ropes that made the referee stop the fight.
1) Deontay Wilder Vs. Tyson Fury
Fury, spent much of this fight using an unorthodox stance, he kept jabbing at Wilder. There was not much action in round 1 as both boxers used the round to feel each other out. Wilder tried to trap Fury into the corner, but Fury made Wilder miss most of his big swings. In round 4, Wilder bloodied Fury’s nose with his stiff jabs, but was unable to follow up on the attacks. In round 6, Fury switched to southpaw stance and had some success backing Wilder against the ropes and at the same time stayed cautious of Wilder's power. Wilder managed to land a few jabs towards the end of the round. In round 7, after trading jabs, which saw Fury come out on top, Fury landed a counter right hand, then quickly tied Wilder up before he could throw anything back. Round 8 saw back and forth action with both trying to land. Wilder threw a lot of power shots which seemingly missed wide with Fury clearly seeing them coming. Wilder finished strong landed a right, left combination just before the bell. In round 9, Wilder finally dropped Fury with a short left hook followed by an overhand right. Fury beat referee Jack Reiss’ count and survived the round. Using up so much energy trying to finish Fury in round 9, Wilder looked fatigued in round 10. This came to as an advantage for Fury as he landed two right hands. Fury also took advantage in round 11, landing enough shots and avoided anything Wilder could throw. In round 12, Wilder landed a right-left combination which put Fury down hard on his back. The crowd, commentary team and Wilder believed the fight was over. Reiss looked at Fury on the canvas and began giving him a count. To everyone's surprise, Fury beat the count. Reiss made Fury walk towards him and called for the action to continue. Wilder, fatigued again, was unable to land another power shot and Fury landed some right hands to finish the round and the fight on his feet. Both boxers embraced in a hug after the final bell sounded. The crowd booed at the decision with many believing Fury did enough to dethrone Wilder. Some fans and media outlets had Wilder the comfortable winner, claiming Fury did not do enough in most rounds to win the fight