Your Favourite Fights?

This has been done before in some form by other posters but i always think it's good to hear from fans about which were their favourite fights over the years.

Hopefully it also helps newer fans to the sport track down and watch some of the great fights from boxing's long and rich history. I'll start things off by listing my top ten favourite fights from the 2000's and 1990's and my top 5 for the earlier decades, over the last 60 years (note: any fights that don't include a number were the original):


1/ Erik Morales vs Marco Antonio Barrera

2/ Diego Corrales vs Jose Luis Castillo

3/ James Toney vs Vassily Jirov

4/ Arturo Gatti vs Micky Ward

5/ Israel Vasquez vs Rafael Marquez 3

6/ Micky Ward vs Emmanuel Burton

7/ Felix Trinidad vs Fernando Vargas

8/ Acelino Freitas vs Jorge Barrios

9/ Israel Vasquez vs Rafael Marquez 2

10/ Juan Manuel Marquez vs Juan Diaz

Honourable mention: Lennox Lewis vs Vitali Klitshcko, Marco Antonio Barrera vs Erik Morales 3, Micky Ward vs Arturo Gatti 3, Juan Manuel Lopez vs Rogers Mtagwa, Sergio Martinez vs Paul Williams.


1/ Evander Holyfield vs Riddick Bowe

2/ Julio Cesar Chavez vs Meldrick Taylor

3/ Arturo Gatti vs Gabriel Ruelas

4/ Arturo Gatti vs Ivan Robinson

5/ Paulie Ayala vs Johnny Tapia

6/ Riddick Bowe vs Evander Holyfield 2

7/ Nigel Benn vs Chris Eubank

8/ Evander Holyfield vs Mike Tyson

9/ Marco Antonio Barrera vs Kennedy McKinney

10/ David Tua vs Ike Ibeabuchi

Honourable mention: Mike Tyson vs Buster Douglas, Lennox Lewis vs Ray Mercer, Oscar De La Hoya vs Ike Quartey, Mike Tyson vs Razor Ruddock.


1/ Marvin Hagler vs Tommy Hearns

2/ Evander Holyfield vs Dwight Muhammad Qawi

3/ Sugar Ray Leonard vs Tommy Hearns

4/ Alexis Arguello vs Aaron Pryor

5/ Roberto Duran vs Iran Barkley

(I know Bobby Chacon was involved in some truly great fights with Rafael Limon and Cornelius Boza Edwards in this decade, and Ted Sares has mentioned these before as some of the best he has seen, but i haven't seen them yet, so can't include them in my list.)


1/ Joe Frazier vs Muhammad Ali

2/ Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman

3/ Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier 3

4/ Ken Norton vs Larry Holmes

5/ George Foreman vs Ron Lyle

(Great heavyweight era. The best ever)

I am only going to do a Top 3 for the next two decades as my knowledge of them is limited:


1/ Muhammad Ali vs Sonny Liston

2/ Joe Frazier vs Jerry Quarry

3/ Nino Benvenuti vs Emile Griffith


1/ Rocky Marciano vs Jersey Joe Walcott

2/ Jake LaMotta vs Laurent Dauthuille 2

3/ Sugar Ray Robinson vs Jake LaMotta 6

I would aprreciate input from those who know more than i do about the past decades and reccommedations for the best fights from yeasteryear, especially one's that i haven't mentioned. I have no doubt left plenty out that others will remember.

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