Nothing can be compared to the exhilaration and thrill of watching two evenly matched fighters going toe-to-toe in the ring or cage. Every now and then the world of boxing gives us bouts so exciting and jam-packed with action that we will never be able to forget them for the rest of our lives.
Passion, heart and will; just a single round from any of these great, unforgettable fights proves why boxers are considered to be some of the toughest and most unique athletes on the planet.
Today, Evolve Daily takes a look at 5 Of The Greatest Rounds In Boxing History:
1) Marvelous Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns – Round 1
Very few fights will ever be able to match the pace and intensity of the fight billed simply as “The War”. In what is considered by many to be the greatest first round in boxing history, Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns both appeared hell-bent on knocking each other out. And by the time the bell sounded to end the round, everyone in attendance knew that they were in for one of the most grueling fights boxing has ever produced.
2) Arturo Gatti vs. Micky Ward I – Round 9
No boxing fan can ever deny that Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward had one of, if not the most memorable rivalry in boxing history. And it all started when they first met back in May of 2002 in a fight that went on to win Ring Magazine’s Fight of the Year. The ninth round of their first fight is the perfect representation of the amazing trilogy Gatti and Ward had – a true testament of the heart and will of a boxer.
3) Diego Corrales vs. Jose Luis Castillo – Round 10
The tenth round of this back-and-forth fight between Diego Corrales vs. Jose Luis Castillo will forever be remembered as one of the greatest comeback stories in boxing. After recovering from being knocked down twice early in the round, Corrales knew what he had to do. He pressured forward against Castillo, hurting him with devastating hooks and swarming him with a flurry of punches to force the stoppage.
4) Marco Antonio Barrera vs. Erik Morales I – Round 5
Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales’ trilogy of fights was Mexican boxing at its best. Both fighters never once gave in to the other, exchanging combination after combination; and the fifth round of their first fight showed just how much heart and determination the two legendary Mexican fighters had. The fighting spirit of both Barrera and Morales is one of the reasons why their rivalry is considered to be one the most heated in boxing history.
5) Oscar De La Hoya vs. Ike Quartey – Round 6
Back in 1999, then undefeated Oscar De La Hoya seemed almost unbeatable. But he was finally tested for the first time in his professional career when he met Ghana’s Ike Quartey to defend the lineal WBC Welterweight title. “The Golden Boy” appeared to be on his way to another impressive win when he knocked Quartey downed with a beautiful left hook.
But in a stunning turn of events, Quartey rallied back, firing hard shots and finally knocking De La Hoya down with a perfect left hand counter. De La Hoya would go on to claim an incredibly hard fought split decision win.
Have these incredible rounds of boxing motivated the fighter in you? Remember, your fighting spirit isn’t limited to just the martial arts, it applies to life as well. Hopefully, these grueling contests will inspire you to never back down when the going gets tough.