You’re almost certainly aware that four-time world champion boxer Carl Froch is a partypoker ambassador. You probably also know that the Carl Froch $100K Challenge is in full swing, giving you the chance to play against the legendary Froch for a share of $100,000 including a $5,000 bounty on the great man’s head.
With Froch being a boxer by trade, the partypoker blog’s taken a look at some of the greatest boxing rivalries of all-time. Froch is there. As is Muhammad Ali, but who else made the cut? Keep reading to find out.
Carl Froch vs George Groves
Did you know that Carl Foch knocked out George Groves in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley? He did you know. This rivalry began in 2013 when Groves challenged Froch for his IBF and WBA super middleweight titles. Froch won that battle with a TKO, although some say the referee stepped in and ended the fight prematurely.
Froch and Groves met again six months later for a rematch where Froch knocked out his opponent in the eighth round with a right hand punch that commentator Mike Costello called “the best punch you will ever see in a boxing ring.”
Muhammad Ali versus George Foreman
Thanks to his endorsement of “those grills,” people forget that George Foreman was a superb boxer who had a fierce rivalry with the one and only Muhammed Ali. The build up to the famous “Rumble in the Jungle” fight in Zaire was almost made for TV and the fight itself an epic encounter, with Ali walking away victorious.
Chris Eubank versus Nigel Benn
The Eubank versus Benn battle raged on throughout the 90s, and they fought some truly awesome fights. Benn was the people’s favourite while the arrogant Eubank loved to be hated. Their first encounter is one of the greatest fights in the history of the sport while their rematch in 1993 at Old Trafford not so much.
“Sugar” Ray Leonard versus Thomas Hearns
When Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns locked horns for the WBA, WBC and The Ring welterweight titles, it was a fight that captivated boxing fans around the world. Their fight in Las Vegas in September 1981 was a thing of tactical brilliance and saw Hearns ahead with all three judges. That counted for nothing because, in the 14th round, Leonard staggered Hearns with an overhand right before pinning him against the ropes and unleashing a furious combination that saw the referee step in and ended the contest.
Dereck Chisora versus David Haye
While the quality of the boxing in the Haye versus Chisora fight won’t win any awards, the constant banter between the heavyweight duo meant this rivalry had to make it onto our list. That verbal jousting took a turn for the worse when Haye and Chisora’s had a brawl during a press conference after Chisora’s loss to Vitali Klitschko, prompting boxing fans to call for both men being banned from competing.
Muhammed Ali versus Joe Frazier
This long-running rivalry saw two of boxing’s great square off in a trilogy of bouts. Plenty of trash talking between the pair hyped up each fight with Frazier winning “The Fight of the Century” by unanimous decision after 15 rounds, meaning Frazier successfully retained his titles.
They fought again three years later where there were no titles on the line, and Ali won on points after 12 rounds. The third and final battle, “The Thrilla in Manila” took place a year later and Ali won by TKO after the 14th round.
Mike Tyson versus Evander Holyfield
No boxing list would be complete with the inclusion of “Iron” Mike Tyson. The controversial Tyson was due to fight Holyfield in 1990, but he lost his title to James “Buster” Douglas. Tyson was then going to fight Holyfield in 1991 before withdrawing with a rib injury, and then the fight in 1992 was cancelled when Tyson was jailed for the rape of an 18-year old woman.
Tyson served three years and six weeks in prison, defeated three boxers upon his return including knocking out Frank Bruno, and then took on Holyfield in 1996. Holyfield was the underdog, yet fought a great fight that was eventually ended in the 11th round crowning Holyfield world champion for the third time.
They met again a year later in a controversial fight that saw Tyson disqualified for biting a chunk off Holyfield’s ear. Tyson was stripped of his boxing license (he was later reinstated) and fined $3 million.
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