The 50 Greatest Heavyweight Fights of All Time: Part I – Boxing News
50. SHANNON BRIGGS KO12 SIARHEI LIAKHOVICH
November 4, 2006
THIS wasn’t even a superb battle for 11 rounds and two minutes, not even shut. But it surely scrapes the listing because of the astonishing late drama. Briggs trailed by three factors on two playing cards and a degree on the opposite when the American had the Russian wobbling after which dropped him. Liakhovich dragged himself up, however Briggs seemed too drained to complete him. Time was working out when Briggs despatched Liakhovich crashing out of the ring and the battle was waved off – with one second left!
49. DAVID PEARCE KO 5 GORDON FERRIS
June 1, 1982
HARRY CARPENTER mentioned this “didn’t resemble something to do with boxing… it was on-the-cobbles stuff”. A good evaluation of a brawl gained by Pearce, who outlasted Ferris, clobbering him to his knees for a fifth-round end.
48. JOE LOUIS KO 4 TONY GALENTO
June 26, 1939
GALENTO was a fats New Jersey bar proprietor who drank beer, smoked cigars – and gave one of many best heavyweights in historical past an actual scare. The human beer barrel often called “Two Ton Tony” shook up Louis within the opener earlier than being dropped himself within the second.
Galento did the unthinkable within the third and floored the champion with a left hook, however it wasn’t a heavy knockdown and take a look at as he would possibly, Galento couldn’t discover one other punch prefer it. Tony was ruthlessly punished by Louis earlier than being counted out within the fourth.
47. TYSON FURY KO 7 STEVE CUNNINGHAM
April 20, 2013
COMPLETE chaos as “The Gypsy King” got here to Madison Sq. Backyard. Dropped within the second by a hopeful right-hand swing he didn’t see coming, Fury was shaken up once more within the fourth and the gang had been on their ft within the subsequent because the rivals hurled punches at one another like a pair of Saturday evening revellers settling a rating. The scale, chin and combating coronary heart of Fury pulled him by as he clobbered the previous cruiserweight boss to the canvas within the seventh.
46. ANTHONY JOSHUA RSF 7 DILLIAN WHYTE
December 12, 2015
WHYTE gained after they had been novice amateurs and, after taking a socking within the opening spherical, had Joshua everywhere within the second spherical of their British title battle. However Whyte was too wild, and rapidly too drained, to complete off Joshua and was blasted out with a spectacular uppercut in spherical seven.
45. LARRY HOLMES KO 11 EARNIE SHAVERS
September 29, 1978
HOLMES handed out a licking for six rounds earlier than catastrophe appeared to strike within the seventh within the form of a full-blown Shavers proper hand. How Holmes managed to beat the rely stays a thriller; when Shavers landed as sweetly as he did right here, these on the receiving finish not often received up. Not an awesome battle, essentially, however Larry discovering his ft and victory, is one among heavyweight historical past’s particular moments.
44. EVANDER HOLYFIELD W RSF 10 MICHAEL DOKES
March 11, 1989
THIS ferocious battle swung a method, then the opposite – after which again once more. Although the extra bored with the 2, Dokes was nonetheless touchdown punches till halfway by the tenth when Holyfield smashed him dizzy with left hooks and the referee jumped in.
43. DEREK CHISORA KO 8 CARLOS TAKAM
July 28, 2018
CHISORA had misplaced three of his earlier six and spent a lot of this battle underneath hearth, a lot so loads needed it to be stopped – till the eighth. From nowhere, Chisora discovered a proper hand – arguably the perfect he threw in his total profession – that toppled Takam after which one other to finish a jaw-dropping turnaround.
42. GEORGE FOREMAN KO 10 MICHAEL MOORER
November 5, 1994
NOT precisely excessive drama by 9 rounds as Moorer picked and poked the 45-year-old en path to what seemed a sure factors victory.
However this contest grew to become one of many ages in spherical 10 when Foreman related with a proper hand, Moorer folded to the ground, and Large George grew to become the oldest man to be topped king.
41. LENNOX LEWIS PTS 10 RAY MERCER
Might 10, 1996
BOTH Olympic champions had been shaken and broken as thunderous mixtures landed all through, however Lewis overturned an early factors deficit to grind out a majority win on the scorecards. It stays one among Lewis’ gutsiest and most underrated showings.
40. DANNY WILLIAMS KO 6 MARK POTTER
October 21, 2000
BEATING Mike Tyson wasn’t the spotlight of Williams’s profession. It was this. He dislocated his proper shoulder within the third but dutifully chased the unimaginable together with his left. That gorgeous second occurred within the sixth. “If it occurred in ‘Rocky,’ you’d say the story was ridiculous,” mentioned Williams.
39. JOE FRAZIER W KO 2 MANUEL RAMOS
June 24, 1968
OFTEN a gradual starter, “Smokin” Joe briefly misplaced management of his legs after the Mexican cracked him with a proper uppercut within the first, however as soon as Frazier received his head transferring and his left hook working, the battle turned his approach.
He had Ramos in hassle late within the first and bludgeoned him to the canvas with left hooks twice within the second.
38. JOE JEANETTE RTD 49 SAM McVEY
April 17, 1909
AFTER a reportedly boring 20-round maul a number of months earlier, Jeanette and McVey had been informed extra was anticipated of them within the rematch. There have been an estimated 38 knockdowns in almost 4 hours of combating! McVey had his proper eye swollen shut, his nostril damaged and after 49 rounds, he couldn’t take any extra.
37. JOE FRAZIER RTD 7 JERRY QUARRY
June 23, 1969
QUARRY gained the opening spherical and needed to present great spirit to get by the following six. Although he saved firing again, Quarry had his proper eye closed by Frazier’s trademark left hook and the physician pulled him out earlier than the eighth.
36. DILLIAN WHYTE PTS 12 DERECK CHISORA
December 10, 2016
CHISORA threw a desk at Whyte in the course of the heated press convention that just about received the battle pulled by the Board. They went on to throw the kitchen sink at one another for half-hour on battle evening to upstage the Anthony Joshua-Eric Molina world-title conflict.
Whyte gained the final spherical on all three playing cards to grab victory, however there have been these at ringside who had it the opposite approach.
35. MARTIN ROGAN RSF 11 MATT SKELTON
February 28, 2009
THIS was all the time going to be a enjoyable battle between veteran warmongers and so they appeared to get pleasure from knocking seven bells out of one another as a lot as the gang loved watching them do it. Rogan and Skelton swapped smiles and nods of appreciation all through 10 gruelling rounds earlier than Rogan saved discovering Skelton’s chin with brief punches within the 11th and he dramatically fell aside.
34. JOE FRAZIER PTS 10 OSCAR BONAVENA
September 21, 1966
THE evening “The South American Beatle” gave Frazier a tough day’s evening, dropping him twice within the second spherical. Frazier went on to dish out a whole lot of punishment, however the pro-Bonavena crowd at Madison Sq. Backyard booed the choice.
33. FLOYD PATTERSON W PTS 12 GEORGE CHUVALO
February 1, 1965
CHUVALO battled Muhammad Ali (twice), Joe Frazier and George Foreman – however the Canadian mentioned Patterson gave him his hardest evening. Boxing Information reported “each boxers took a extreme beating” and Patterson was on the receiving finish within the sixth, seventh and eighth earlier than he received his boxing collectively within the closing rounds.
32. RAY MERCER PTS 12 BERT COOPER
August 5, 1990
A HELLACIOUS affair that noticed each change brain-shuddering blows in every of the 12 rounds they shared. Although Mercer dropped Cooper within the first spherical, and ended up a reasonably lopsided winner on the finish, the two-way violence on show was mesmerising all through.
31. MIKE WEAVER KO 15 JOHN TATE
March 31, 1980
UP on all of the playing cards going into the final spherical by 5, three and three rounds, Tate solely needed to keep on his ft to retain his WBA strap. There was little indication of any drama till halfway by the fifteenth when Tate all of a sudden appeared to tire, a results of Weaver pummelling his physique. Weaver received his head on Tate’s chest and whipped over a brief left hook to his jaw to ship him crashing. The battle was over – solely 45 seconds from the ultimate bell.
30. HASIM RAHMAN RSF 7 CORRIE SANDERS
Might 20, 2000
NEITHER may miss with their again hand and each had been on the ground within the third. Once they landed bombs concurrently within the fourth, Sanders went down and Rahman solely simply stayed upright. Rahman compelled the end within the seventh with an unanswered barrage of round 20 punches.
29. LARRY HOLMES RSF 13 GERRY COONEY
June 11, 1982
ONE of probably the most anticipated fights in historical past was gained by Holmes in spherical 13. The champion bossed giant parts of the competition however the closely hyped Cooney performed his half all through the absorbing and gruelling battle. For those who haven’t seen this one for some time, it’s effectively value a revisit – you is perhaps stunned by how effectively Cooney fought.
28. DERRICK JEFFERSON KO 6 MAURICE HARRIS
November 6, 1999
“DERRICK JEFFERSON, I like you!” gasped Larry Service provider, forgetting himself on the sight of the convict-turned-caretaker-turned contender laying out Harris with a booming left hook. Earlier than that, Harris had been floored twice and dropped Jefferson himself within the second. Within the sixth, Harris was down once more solely to have Jefferson on the point of being stopped earlier than they each launched left hooks on the similar time.
27. ALEX STEWART KO 3 EZRA SELLERS
October 8, 1998
SEVEN knockdowns in eight minutes, 43 seconds – and loads of wobbles as effectively – when these fringe contenders clashed. Southpaw Sellers was first to hit the deck within the second spherical, however by the top of the session he had dropped Stewart twice. The London-born New Yorker was down once more early within the third, received as much as purpose at left hook at Sellers’ chin simply as Sellers launched a straight left. Each punches landed concurrently – and Sellers went down. Stewart dropped him twice extra.
26. EVANDER HOLYFIELD RSF 7 BERT COOPER
November 23, 1991
DAYS earlier than Holyfield’s homecoming, he was searching for an opponent after Francesco Damiani pulled out by damage. Bert Cooper, who realized his cross-armed defence and slugging type from mentor ‘Smokin’ Joe Frazier, received the job and 90 seconds into the battle, he seemed to be out of his depth. First, he spun himself round 360 levels after lacking with a left hook after which Holyfield dropped him with physique shot. Cooper got here again swinging and within the third he countered Holyfield’s left hook with a brief proper to the chin and the champion staggered. Cooper unloaded to propel Holyfield into the ropes and referee Mills Lane gave him an ‘eight’ rely. By the ultimate minute of the spherical, Cooper was on rubbery legs, however he saved taking Holyfield’s greatest photographs and firing again – till the seventh.