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…
As much as we love the craft and the art of pugilism, the skill and the mathematical tactics in the ring, there's nothing quite like a showstopping knockout. That spilt second when your man catches his opponent flush on the jaw and a wobble turns to 'could somebody please get my coat'. Here are five absolute belters.
5. MIKE TYSON vs Trevor Berbick
5. Diego Corrales vs Jose Louis Castillo
Derry Mathews pulled off a major upset as he ripped the British lightweight title from Anthony Crolla with a sixth round stoppage win at Oldham Sports Centre on Saturday night.
The Liverpudlian floored Crolla in the third round and forced referee John Keane to step and stop it in the sixth when Mathews badly hurt his man with another brutal barrage.
Crolla's crisp jab kept Mathews on the back foot in the opening rounds but Mathews burst to life in a thrilling third as a big uppercut dropped Crolla heavily.
Legendary trainer Emanuel Steward has lambasted the business of modern day boxing claiming it only took him 30 minutes to make the Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns mega-fight back in the golden era of the 80’s.
Boxing Futures patron Micky Cantwell can now add gym owner to his CV after opening Cantwell's Gym in Bromley this week. Run by his son and amateur boxer Sam, Cantwell's Gym offers walk-in sessions for anyone in the local area, as well as running a programme alongside Charlton Athletic Football Club’s Community Trust to help youngsters who are caught up in crime. And Brit boxing legend Ricky Hatton was on hand to officially open its doors for business.
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.