Everybody loves a good dust up between two athletes at their physical peak standing on each other’s toes and trading blows like they were going out of fashion. Who isn’t partial to a thrilling war of attrition with two warriors holding their ground in an epic battle of wills? Or seeing a man pick himself up off the canvas to fight his way back from the depths of defeat? And when it all happens in one round, what can be more exhilarating? Here are some of the most entertaining three-minute segments in boxing history…
5. Diego Corrales vs Jose Louis Castillo
His shows are acclaimed for being a throwback to the good ol’ days when two fighters at the top of their game got in the ring and entertained the audience regardless of records or belts. A media personality that has worked for Setanta Sports, he has long been dubbed the loudest mouth in the sport. And a promoter with as keen an eye for a sharp suit as a good matchup, he is the self-proclaimed most stylish man in boxing. Now Hard Knocks boss Spencer Fearon tells Boxing Futures to add ‘best looking promoter’ to his CV…
Super-middleweight contender James DeGale has promised to be more like middleweight legend Marvin Hagler when he takes on European champion Piotr Wilczewski in his next outing.
DeGale lost a highly controversial split decision to bitter rival George Groves in May, and the Olympian revealed he’s been channeling the spirit of Marvin Hagler with trainer Jimmy McDonnell as part of his rebuilding program.
Hagler fought every one of his main rivals in his 62-fight career with two of them against Thomas Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard producing some of the most talked about fights in boxing history.
If boxing was ever to cease to exist and its authorities wanted to something to show future generations what the sport did here, this is what they would put in the time capsule. This Is Boxing is the promo video shown on the big screen at the start of any Top Rank event and boy does it get the heart racing.
Kevin Mitchell says his fight with rival John Murray could be like a Marvin Hagler vs Thomas Hearns brawl when they meet next month.
Dagenham scrapper Mitchell is gearing up for his all-on-the line showdown against the Manchester ace at the ExCeL London, on July 9th, live on Sky Sports 1HD.
When your resume reads: senior amateur champion, British champion, current European titleholder, 22 fights and 22 wins; then there’s only really one office that should be reviewing it.
If you thought boxing fanatics were sitting around twiddling their thumbs in Manchester since the Pacquiao-enforced ring sabbatical of hometown hero Ricky Hatton, then you would be wrong.
One man keeping them busy is European lightweight champion John Murray. And if the old adage of history repeating itself rings true then the 30-0, hard-hitting pressure fighter will be keeping them away from home as well in the coming years.