Boxing has always been one of the most entertaining sports. Every time two individuals step inside a boxing ring, glaring at each other from the two opposite corners while the fans cheer and the announcer screams their names, there is an excitement in the air so special that it will definitely give you goosebumps. Unlike any other sports, the rivalry in boxing is the heart and soul of the game and it’s the fight that keeps the game alive.
Recently, the rivalry between boxing legends Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather created a lot of buzz with the match going to Mayweather registering his 50-0 record win at the UFC. However, ever since then, McGregor has been challenging Mayweather for a re-match. He said during an interview that he will cruise to victory easily this time and that the fact that the “Mother f****r” (Mayweather) has retired sickens him.
The one question that’s top of mind for fans is, will the two face-offs again? Well, if a twitter battle is anything to go by, fans definitely got indications of a re-match. Taking a sly dig at Mayweather, Conor McGregor re-twitted a workout video by the former and told him to keep up the good work. He referred to Mayweather as his son and signed off as ‘Senior’.
The Mayweather-McGregor rivalry is just one of the many boxing rivalries through the history of the sport. The matches get violent at times, but sometimes two individuals punching each other in the face and refusing to back down can be the most exciting sight on the planet. Here, we take a look at some of the great fights which define the greatest rivalries boxing has ever witnessed.
Arturo Gatti vs Micky Ward
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The rivalry between Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward is a rivalry that featured two boxers with the greatest hearts ever shown in the boxing ring. The two were boxers with tremendous respect for each other and although rivals, both ended up being best friends. The two produced three fights all of which are 30 of the best rounds of action in history.
Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier
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Well here is a rivalry that needs no introduction. If you do not know who these people are, you have probably no idea that a game like boxing exists. The two were considered equals and according to Muhammad Ali, every great player needs a rival who can push the person to the limit and for him, it was Joe Frazier. “Joe Frazier, I’ll tell the world right now, brings out the best in me. I’m gonna tell ya, that’s one helluva man, and God bless him. He is the greatest fighter of all times, next to me,” said Ali after a match with Frazier.
Thomas Hearns vs Sugar Ray Leonard
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Back in the day when Sugar Ray was still not the smiling TV presenter and motivational speaker that he is now, he was a boxing legend. He was considered unstoppable and fans went mad when the man did major damage to the opponent while keeping a smile on his face. Thomas Hearns, on the other hand, was the powerhouse with an exceptional right hook. If ever there was a disparity between two people fighting each other in the same weight category, it was this. The fight came after a long waiting as Sugar Ray was not as famous a Hearns but the terrific match it seemed was a present for Ray for all the years of waiting.
Carl Froch vs George Groves
If there was a boxing fight that ever split English fans into two groups, it was Carl Froch vs George Groves. The match was billed as the Battle of Britain and the fight went to the 9th
round after which Froch was declared victorious through technical knockout. But the match is still called an unfinished business as the young Groves gave a lot of trouble to the seasoned veteran Froch.
Dereck Chisora vs David Haye
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This fight may have been one of the worst when it comes to technique and quality, but the rivalry was so ferocious that it simply could not be ignored. What started as a back and forth banter between the two, ended up with Hayes smashing a bottle over Chisora's head during the post-fight press conference. While some believed that the two should be banned for life, fans wanted them to give it their all in the ring. The match did happen later in 2012 but was not that exciting although Hayes knocked out Chisora out of the game with an upper hook.