10 Greatest rivalries in boxing history


Boxers have been taking out their frustrations in the rings for the longest of times and this list presents some of the greatest rivalries of all time.

The only way these gentlemen knew how to settle things was in the ring.

With passion, power, strictness, and entertainment, they made history while doing it.
 

Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Duran


Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Duran
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This fight is known as the No Más Fight, one of the most famous fights in boxing history. The fight gained got the name the moment when Duran turned away from Leonard towards the referee and quit by saying No Más, which means No More. The legendary fight happened on 25 November 1980 in New Orleans where Leonard won with a TKO in the 8th round.
 

Muhammad Ali vs. Ken Norton


Muhammad Ali vs. Ken Norton
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The two boxers had three fights between 1973 and 1976, Ali won 2/3 of the fights. They met for their third fight in 1976 at the Yankee Stadium in New York where Ali entered the ring as a Heavyweight Champion. Most commentators gave the fight to Norton, but Ali won by a unanimous decision and keeping his title.
 

Aaron Pryor vs. Alexis Arguello


Aaron Pryor vs. Alexis Arguello
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This fight happened in Miami, 1982 when it ended after 14 rounds with Pryor winning by TKO in the action-packed fight. Arguello dictated the fight with his hard and accurate punching, but he was no match for Pryor in the 14th round. The pair met up again in 1983 where Pryor knocked out Arguello again in the 10th round.
 

Riddick "Big Daddy" Bowe vs. Evander Holyfield


Riddick "Big Daddy" Bowe vs. Evander Holyfield
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This fight still goes down as one as the greatest heavyweight boxing matches when Bowe defeated Holyfield by unanimous decision, winning all three judge’s scoreboards. The match was then named The Ring magazine’s Fight of the Year with round 10 of the right winning the magazine’s Round of the Year.
 

Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns


Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns
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Leonard and Hearns met in one of the most anticipated bouts in 1981 for the world welterweight championship in Las Vegas. The fight was billed as the boxing skill and artistry of Sugar Ray Leonard against the vicious punching of Hearns. Hearns had the better of it through much of the fight when Leonard's trainer Angelo Dundee leaned in and told Leonard that he was in the process of losing the fight. A rematch happened years later in Las Vegas where Hearns won the fight.
 

Tony Zale vs. Rocky Graziano


Tony Zale vs. Rocky Graziano
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Zale, from Chicago, fought against Brooklyn-born Graziano at the Yankee Stadium and knocked him out in the 6th Round. The pair met again a year later on Zale's home turf at Chicago Stadium. In their third and final fight in Newark, New Jersey's Ruppert Stadium, Zale leveled Graziano with a 3rd-Round knockout.
 

Arturo Gatti vs. Micky Ward


Arturo Gatti vs. Micky Ward
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These two boxers went head-to-head in 2002 where neither man was a technical wizard by any means but they managed to have a fight that was as dramatic in real life as it looked on paper. Ward took the first fight with a majority decision. He used furious body punching to carve out his win. Gatti took the final two fights with unanimous decisions. The two went at each other in all three fights with relentless fury. Their first fight was also named fight of the year by The Ring magazine.
 

Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier


Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier
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This fight took place on 28 January 1974 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Ali won in 12 rounds via a unanimous decision. The fight was named the Super Fight II and it was a non-title boxing match. These fights took place during an era of extreme social upheaval, and they carried a significance bigger than sports. Both boxers were undefeated world champions. As a result, no fight in history has been more eagerly anticipated than their first one, which Frazier won in 1971.
 

Willie Pep vs. Sandy Saddler


Willie Pep vs. Sandy Saddler
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Pep and Saddler had their fourth fight in 1997 and this was considered one of the wildest brawls. So much so that it was ranked number 6 among the dirtiest fights in history by The Ring Magazine. The pair had a fight in 1949 where Pep turned in an outstanding performance and won back the title. In their 1950 rubber match, Pep was again out-boxing Saddler when he separated his shoulder in a clinch and had to retire in his corner.
 

Mike Tyson versus Evander Holyfield


Mike Tyson versus Evander Holyfield
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Of course, this rivalry makes the list. Tyson biting off a chunk of Holyfield’s ear is a tale that is known by people who don’t even know the first thing about boxing. Tyson was due to fight Holyfield in 1990, but he lost his title to James “Buster” Douglas. Tyson was then going to fight Holyfield in 1991 before withdrawing with a rib injury, and their fight in 1992 was cancelled when Tyson was jailed for 3 years. He returned in 1996 where the two boxers fought. Holyfield was an underdog but managed to hold down a good fight which earned him the world champion title for the third time after 11 rounds. The boxers met again a year later in a controversial fight where Tyson was disqualified for biting off Holyfield’s ear which led to his disqualification and being stripped of his boxing license. His licence was later reinstated and sfter he had to pay $3 million.

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Published: 04/09/2018