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Old 06-16-2012, 01:16 AM   #1
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I was reading an old Ring Mag and they were doing a section on Hopkins/Trinidad and it got me thinking about how big that win was for Hopkins' career...

So, what were your most significant wins of the last 100 years? In terms of history and for that fighter's career.

I'll throw a quick top 10, kind of in order.

1. Ray Leonard over Marvin Hagler
2. Muhammad Ali over Big George
3.. Joe Louis over Max Schmeling
4. Henry Armstrong over Barney Ross (126 lb champ beating the 147 lb champ to unify 2 weights)
5. Harry Greb over Gene Tunney
6. Cassius Clay over Sonny Liston
7. Buster Douglas over Mike Tyson
8. Roberto Duran over Ray Leonard
9. Joe Frazier over Muhammad Ali
10. Jake Lamotta over Ray Robinson
11. George Foreman over Michael Moorer
12. JC Chavez Sr. Over Meldrick Taylor
13. Ray Leonard over Thomas Hearns
14. Ray Robinson over Gene Fullmer (best KO in history IMO)
15. Fritzie Zivic over Henry Armstrong
16. Salvador Sanchez over Wilfredo Gomez
17. Ezzard Charles over Archie Moore
18. Jimmy McLarnin over Barney Ross
19. Sam Langford over Joe Gans
20. George Foreman over Joe Frazier


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Old 06-16-2012, 01:20 AM   #2
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I was reading an old Ring Mag and they were doing a section on Hopkins/Trinidad and it got me thinking about how big that win was for Hopkins' career...

So, what were your most significant wins of the last 100 years? In terms of history and for that fighter's career.

I'll throw a quick top 10, kind of in order.

1. Ray Leonard over Marvin Hagler
2. Muhammad Ali over Big George
3.. Joe Louis over Max Schmeling
4. Henry Armstrong over Barney Ross (126 lb champ beating the 147 lb champ to unify 2 weights)
5. Harry Greb over Gene Tunney
6. Cassius Clay over Sonny Liston
7. Buster Douglas over Mike Tyson
8. Jake Lamotta over Ray Robinson
9. Joe Frazier over Muhammad Ali
10. JC Chavez Sr. Over Meldrick Taylor/Foreman over Moorer

Had a hard time with the last one. But I feel that W over Taylor really cemented his claim as THE heroic, Mexican legend he is today.

And if it wasn't for Foreman's KO over Moorer, one of the greatest heavyweights would be remembered most for being rope-a-doped in Ali's biggest triumph.
Douglas-Tyson needs to be higher, IMO.

And Randall-Chavez should be up there.
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Old 06-16-2012, 01:29 AM   #4
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* Ray Robinson vs Gene Fullmer II (Aging legend destroys the guy who beat him to win the middleweight title via one of the most famous one punch kayos in boxing history)

* Bernard Hopkins vs Felix Trinidad (3-1 underdog cements his name in history by dismantling and demolishing the much feared Trinidad and then stopping him late)
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Leonard TKO14 Hearns was special as well.
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Old 06-16-2012, 01:31 AM   #6
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Douglas-Tyson needs to be higher, IMO.

And Randall-Chavez should be up there.
Yeah I actually moved it down before I posted it It just didn't do a lot in the grand scheme. But still huge.

And yes to the other responses. I'm adding them in there. Can't believe I forgot the Duran/Leonard fight
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Biggest British win over the last 30 years has to be Honeyghan vs Curry.
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For historical significance, we got to have one of Jack Johnson's wins against Tommy Burns or James Jeffries.
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How is Chavez/Taylor higher than Chavez/Randall!?!?!?
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For historical significance, we got to have one of Jack Johnson's wins against Tommy Burns or James Jeffries.
I like Johnson over Jim so much more than over Burns. Burns was just too small for such a great heavyweight like Jack.
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How is Chavez/Taylor higher than Chavez/Randall!?!?!?
The drama of it, Taylor was a top fighter beating Chavez, Chavez wore him down, and like the stoppage or hate it, he got the finish and really cemented his claim as THE top mexican fighter ever because of it, and preserved his 0, IMO.
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Duran-Leonard = #1

That's all.
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The drama of it, Taylor was a top fighter beating Chavez, Chavez wore him down, and like the stoppage or hate it, he got the finish and really cemented his claim as THE top mexican fighter ever because of it, and preserved his 0, IMO.
True, that last round was pretty amazing, but

I think that Knocking Down the Legend for the first time, and ending his reign goes higher, IMO
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A doze, in very approximate order.

Joe Frazier over Muhammad Ali
Max Schmeling over Joe Louis
Muhammad Ali over George Foreman
Muhammad Ali over Sonny Liston
Buster Douglas over Mike Tyson
Roberto Duran over Sugar Ray Leonard
Henry Armstrong over Barney Ross
Roy Jones over John Ruiz
Jim Braddock over Max Baer
Gene Tunney over Jack Dempsey
Harry Greb over Gene Tunney
Sugar Ray Leonard over Tommy Hearns
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