Rumble in the Jungle to the Battle of the Champions: Boxing’s finest hours

Boxing bouts often lead to disappointment. Too often the hype does not reach the entertainment between the ropes; too often the verbal fighting seems more offensive than the physical fighting.

Although we’re not knocking defensive fighters – ahem, looking at you here Floyd – boxing fights are far more of a spectacle when a fighter’s strategy is to knockout their opponent, rather than merely try and last the 12 rounds, and see what happens on points.

Compare heavyweight clashes such as Tyson Fury vs. Vladimir Klitschko against the recent Dillian Whyte vs. Dereck Chisora fight. The latter saw two opponents wanting to win by actually going for their opponent, two heavyweights going toe-to-toe in a thrilling contest, rather than the safe exchanging of jabs in an attempt to tactically outthink an opponent.

Sure, it’s admirable and can only be respected as a form of patience and tactical ability; but, when the world-class heavyweights exchange blows in battle, it’s got to be the most entertaining sport in the world. And these nine bouts have to go down as the greatest of all-time…

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Agree with the fights selected? They say how boxing is nothing like it used to be, and judging by the fights prior to the turn of the millennium, you can’t argue with that statement. The heavyweight division almost peaked too soon, had too many legends of the sport all in and around the same time.

Whilst the recent slugging match between Tony Bellew and David Haye did not disappoint, it still rang too true of a washed up bloke trying to chase a pay check. We’ll see what Anthony Joshua and Klitschko have to offer this coming April, but if judging by the Ukrainian’s sluggishness in 2015, expect the 41-year-old to not go past the fourth round.