Boxing is a sport with a rich history, dating back to ancient civilizations. Throughout the years, there have been many memorable moments in the sport, ranging from epic battles to shocking upsets. Here are some of the best moments in boxing history:
Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman: The "Rumble in the Jungle" was one of the most iconic fights in boxing history. In 1974, Ali faced off against the heavily favored Foreman in Zaire, Africa. Despite being a heavy underdog, Ali used his famed "rope-a-dope" strategy to outlast Foreman and regain the heavyweight title.
Mike Tyson vs. Buster Douglas: In 1990, Tyson was considered the most feared boxer in the world, with a record of 37-0. However, he was shocked by a 10th-round knockout at the hands of Douglas, who was a 42-1 underdog. This fight is considered one of the biggest upsets in sports history.
Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns: The first fight between Leonard and Hearns, in 1981, is considered one of the best fights of all time. The two fighters exchanged blows for 14 rounds before Leonard won by TKO.
Roberto Duran vs. Sugar Ray Leonard II: In 1980, Duran defeated Leonard to become the welterweight champion. However, Leonard avenged the loss in a highly-anticipated rematch in 1983. The fight, which was dubbed the "No Mas" fight, ended in the eighth round when Duran quit in the ring, saying "no mas" (no more) to the referee.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez: The four-fight series between Pacquiao and Marquez was one of the most exciting and closely contested rivalries in recent history. The two fighters fought to a draw in their first fight, with Pacquiao winning the next two by split decision. The fourth fight ended in a controversial sixth-round knockout in favor of Pacquiao.
These are just a few of the many unforgettable moments in the history of boxing. The sport has given us many unforgettable fighters, and moments that will be remembered for generations to come.