There are certain fights throughout boxing history that ignite a visceral reaction from fans due to their disputed outcomes, such as Dempsey-Tunney II and Hagler-Leonard. One such fight took place 25 years ago today when Julio Cesar Chavez and Meldrick Taylor produced a war for the ages that would be overshadowed by one of the most polarizing decisions a referee ever made.
Robert Garcia on Marcos Maidana’s win over Adrien Broner: “We were ready to throw 100 punches a round. We know that’s the only way to beat somebody like Adrien Broner, or that’s the way to beat somebody like Floyd Mayweather [Jr.,]. That’s the way [Roberto] Duran beat Sugar Ray Leonard.”
The bottom five of Lee Groves’ 10 list of notable showdowns between unbeaten fighters were Curry-McCrory (10), Calzaghe-Kessler (9), Frazier-Foreman I (8), Holmes-Spinks I (7) and Gomez-Zarate (6). What fights make up the top five? Read on and find out.