Throughout the history of boxing there have been some amazing boxing matches.
From Diego Coralez vs. Jose Luis-Castillo to Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez, it is difficult to pin point which were the best. Our friends at Evolve MMA have compiled a list of five of the most incredible boxing matches in history.
The five fights on this list are a must see. Below are two of the five. Make sure to check out the entire list on Evolve MMA.
1) Diego Corrales vs Jose Luis-Castillo — May 7, 2005
Boxing has always had a niche following. After the golden days of the sport, when heavyweight champions of yesteryear reigned supreme, it was time for the lower weight classes to pick up the slack and provide fans the action they craved.
By the mid-2000’s, mixed martial arts gained prominence, and now there were two premium combat sports that consumers had on offer. Boxing, however, remained firmly in the driver’s seat. In 2005, the sport turned in one of the most memorable nights of action, proving that nothing can top the excitement of a really good boxing match.
Lightweights Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo met at the center of the ring at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in glitzy Las Vegas, and it was an absolute barnburner.
Both fighters slugged each other with haymakers, and both men would refuse to go down. As they clipped each other with power punches, it became evident that both possessed an iron-clad will to win.
But of course, boxing could only produce one winner that night, and it was Corrales, who picked himself up off the floor to stop Castillo in the 10th round.
2) Micky Ward vs Arturo Gatti I — May 18, 2002
These next two fighters are certainly no stranger to each other. The two have met each other at the center of the ring a total of three times, and it’s safe to say that by the time it was all said and done, they knew each other better than anybody.
Their best and most exciting match, however, was their first encounter in 2002. In terms of pure action, Gatti-Ward could be the most intense matchup in the history of boxing. Although the two fighters poured their heart and soul into the fight, ultimately, it was Ward who ended up winning the fight on a decision after 10 rounds.
The turning point came in the ninth round when Ward blasted Gatti’s ribs with a left hook and forced him to take a knee. In fact, the ninth round could go down as one of, if not the most exciting single round in history.
Gatti would go on to beat Ward in their two encounters following, but it was Ward’s win that truly stood out and was most memorable.
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