Boxing is surely the most dangerous form of all games that are being played. The inception of this sport took place many decades back. Since then numerous great boxing matches and rumbles have took place which are still remembered for their brutality and ruthlessness. Indeed, being ruthless is the demand of this sport and for this purpose the boxers have to learn this art whether they like or not. The last 100 years have brought forward a number of great boxing legends who changed the face of this game by putting their soul into the game. So, the purpose of this article is to show gratitude to these past and present legends. Let us take a look at this ranking.
10. Chris Eubank vs. Nigel Benn I, 18th November, 1990
This match was fought at the time when both of them were witnessing the best times of their career. At those times they were both being regarded as the top notch players. So, this match was one of the most awaited matches of those times. From the start of the match, both of them had shown the never ending hatred for each other. This match was indeed something more than just a game for each of them. After a number of rounds of sheer brutality and devastating blows, in the last it was Eubank who turned out to be successful and earned the Middleweight championship title of the world.
9. Marco Antonio Barrera I vs. Erik Morales 19th Feb, 2000
This match is one those matches which are still remembered by the Mexicans, as it was a one to one encounter between the two top Mexican boxers. Although both of them were not heavyweight boxers, but the performances and skills they had shown were equivalent to the upper weight class at all levels. A number of wild blows were exchanged between both of them throughout the match, but in the end it was Morales who emerged victorious.
8. Meldrick Taylor vs. Julio Cesar Chavez 17th March, 2000
This match is one of those matches which were highly advertised all over the country. At the same time their fans had also accumulated a lot of expectations from both of them. From the very first round it was evident that Taylor had the edge on Chavez which continued till the last round. But surprisingly, it was the last round that completely changed the atmosphere. As Taylor had been delivering huge and powerful blows since the start of the match, he finally got exhausted and while again attempting to hit yet another powerful blow in the last round, he suddenly lost momentum and fell to the ground. Taylor managed to get up, but when the referee had inquired from him whether he would be able to continue, he gave no response. As a result of which the referee had declared Chavez the winner. Taylor had always remembered this match, as the last 2 seconds from glory.
7. Diego Corrales vs. Jose Luis Castillo, 7th May, 2005
Although both of these boxers were lightweight, but the awe their match had created in the atmosphere was indeed magnetic. With nine rounds of barbarism and brutishness, the match had been highly dramatic. During the entire match Corrales had tasted the floor twice and the speculations were that Castillo would be the winner, but everything changed when the match approached its conclusion. Surprisingly, Castillo gathered all his left over energies and landed some very lethal blows to Castillo’s face leaving him unconscious, thus Corrales was the winner.
6. Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns, 15th April, 1985
Both of these boxers were known for the kind of pace and strategies they used in the gameplay. So, as expected the first round started with a brilliant and matchless display of tactics and calculated blows. Although the match had ended before reaching the last round, but still the match was an un-paralleled display of atrocity and cruelty. The match had continued for only three rounds, but some of the analysts of the match still believe that these three rounds were the best ever. Finally, Hagler won the match by knocking out Hearns in the 3rd round. At the end of the match, Hearns was partially out of his senses which showed that how much he had given to this match.
5. Billy Conn vs. Joe Louis, 18th June, 1941
This particular match is one of the best matches that have ever been played in the polo grounds. The star icon of the match was the Legendary Heavyweight Champion, Louis who was facing the highly consummate player, Billy Conn. Through the entire match, it was visible that Conn had the upper hand, but all changed in the last round. Conn became too aggressive in the last round due to which he had opened up his defenses which gave Louis a chance to improvise and knock him out. This match was always remembered by Conn as only a few seconds were remaining when he was knocked out.
4. Arturo Gatti I vs. Micky Ward, 18th May, 2002
At number we have yet another memorable fight between two great players, Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward. This match is still used an example of the most menacing match ever. The atrocity between the two which was started in the first round had continued nonstop till the 10th round. But in the end Ward was declared the winner as a result of the majority decision. The 9th round of this ruthless match was declared the best of the century by Emanuel Steward. Fans all around the match still wanted to see some more and had requested them both for a re-match. The re-match also took place, but in was not that entertaining as their 18th May Match.
3. Thomas Hearns vs. Sugar Ray Leonard, 16th September, 1981
At number 3 we have the match that was fought in the Caesar’s place. This match was a true exhibition of power, endurance, viciousness and remorselessness. Being the most celebrated and highly desired players of their times, both of them had put their best into the match which was evident from the faces of the audience as the match was approaching its conclusion. Yet another feature of this match which had made it interesting was to decide that who had the upper threshold of the match. It looked as if the match would never end till finally Leonard knocked Hearns out to win the match.
2. Luis Angel Firpo vs. Jack Dempsey, 14th September, 1923
This match between the two boxing giants is the best of all the matches that were played in the polo grounds. The defenses of Luis were stumbling from the start of the match and this was due to the calculated blows which Jack had delivered. Jack had floored Luis nearly 7 times during the match and as expected he turned out to be the winner. Surprisingly, the match had continued for only 2 rounds which made this match short and swift. After the match a lot of rumors and conspiracies had emerged regarding the results of this match, as some analysts believed it to be unjust in terms of the time outs which were given to Jack.
1. Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier, 1st Oct, 1975
Both of these names require no prior introduction, as both of them are still regarded as the best in the domain of professional boxing. All the schemes and tactics which both of them had learned in their boxing careers were visible during the match. All the rounds were identified by their limitless blows and mutiny. Finally, it was Ali who had turned out victorious, as in the 14th round Frazier’s trainer had stopped the match by throwing in the towel. One can easily understand the intensity of this match by the interview of Ali in which he had stated this match was indeed one the deadliest matches he had ever played.