Greatest Boxing Bouts Of All Time

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TattsBet has a look at some of the greatest bouts of all time.

It is tipped to be one of the biggest fights of all time between first time boxer and experienced MMA fighter Conor McGregor and undefeated world champion Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Junior. In what is a boxing rarity, the duo has even performed a world tour that was full of sledging and hilarity throughout the three day extravaganza in Las Vegas, Toronto and London. Mayweather is predicted to keep his unblemished record alive while Irishman McGregor is considered to be a huge underdog despite the confidence that he has displayed throughout his entire career. While there are huge dollars on the line; you can expect both Mayweather and McGregor to be more keen to end this fight with their egos intact!

To get your geared up for the Mayweather v McGregor fight, TattsBet takes a look at some of the other fights that have etched in history.



Manny Pacquiao v Jeff Horn – July 02, 2017



Australia has not had such a lovable world champion since the days of Jeff Fenech and Kostya Tszyu but now we embrace Jeff Horn as the undisputed WBO welterweight champion. That famous bout between Horn and Pacquiao, staged at Horn’s home venue; Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, was controversial in the fact it drew worldwide criticism but was later vindicated when the WBO reviewed the judges’ decision to award the win to Horn. Pacquiao is one of the greatest boxers of all time, which makes Horn’s victory even more impressive. ‘The Hornet’ is expected to defend his title in the late stages of 2017.



Muhammad Ali vs. ‘Smokin’ Joe Frazier – October 1, 1975



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This is, and will always be, the greatest boxing bout of all time.  Dubbed the ‘Thrilla in Manila’, it was the third and final fight between the two legends. The anticipation was electric, given that both fighters were a win apiece after their first two encounters. Frazier rocked Ali in their first bout 1971, while ‘The Greatest’ evened the scores three years last at Madison Square Garden. Their final encounter went for 14 rounds, with Ali winning by KO. Boxing has never seen a bout with more intensity since that faithful night, and probably never will.



Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman – October 30, 1974



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Ali is the greatest boxer of all time, so it’s no wonder another one of his fights pops up in this list. In 1974, George Foreman was a brutal force in the boxing world. His power and strength made him so dangerous. He was 40-0 heading into this fight, with 37 knockouts to his name and was the reigning Heavyweight Champion. After fights with Joe Frazier and Ken Norton, Foreman announced he would defend his title against Ali, who would head into the bout as the underdog. Held in the Congo, it was promoted as the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’. Many thought that Foreman’s power would be too much for the much lighter Ali to handle. But after using, what is now famous, the ‘rope-a-dope’, Ali would win the bout with a eighth round KO and cement his reputation as ‘The Greatest’.



Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Tommy Hearns – September 16, 1981



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This was one of the biggest fights of the 80’s, with undefeated WBA Champion, Tommy ‘Hitman’ Hearns, facing off against WBC Champion, Sugar Ray Leonard. Given that the winner of this bout would unify both titles, it is no wonder that it was billed as ‘The Showdown’. While, in the end, there was no unanimous winner, Hearns was leading heading into the 13th round. But after what could only be described as encouraging words from Leonard’s trainer, Angelo Dundee, Sugar Ray came out firing in the 13th and pulled off one of the greatest comebacks of all time.



Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield – November 9, 1996



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Unfortunately, when you think of Tyson v Holyfield, all that springs to mind is a bit of ear biting. But before Tyson’s brain snap that will forever be remembered, these two squared off in one of the most physical bouts of all time. Tyson had just won the WBA Heavyweight Championship for the second time and was 45-1 heading into this fight. Holyfield was 33-3 and tipped as a huge underdog in the Championship fight. But Holyfield clearly had a plan, and after failing to be intimidated by Tyson, he dropped ‘Iron’ Mike with a right hook and forced the Champ to retire in the 11th.



Micky Ward vs. Arturo Gatti – May 18, 2002



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This is the story of a true underdog. Growing up in the slums of Lowell, Massachusetts, Micky ‘Irish’ Ward climbed up the boxing ranks to become one of the most loved WBU Champions of all time. But it wasn’t a championship fight he will be remembered for, instead it will be an ten-round slugfest that many deem, ‘The Greatest Light Welterweight fight of all time’. Ward and Gatti were so similar in boxing styles that it was no wonder this fight went the distance. A ninth round Ward knockdown of Gatti was the moment that changed the course of the fight, with ‘Irish’ winning by decision in the end.



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