Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Fergy, Jul 23, 2022.
I'm thinking maybe,
Michael Spinks V Tyson
Liston v Ali
Vitali v Lewis
If it's on name and official outcome alone, hate to say it:
Hearns Vs Leonard
Benitez Vs Leonard
Hagler Vs Leonard
B-Hop Vs RJJ
Toney Vs RJJ
Rigo Vs Loma?
Hamed Vs Barrera?
Foreman?? (Depending on if you think his biggest fight was against Frazier, Ali, or Moorer).
Ali in the FOTC
Dempsey vs Tunney
Manny vs Floyd
De la Hoya vs Trinidad. (At least on the official scorecards)
Tyson vs Holyfield.
Is it fair to say Ali was only considered Liston's biggest fight in hindsight? I think people gave Patterson more chance of beating him, yes?
Yeah I guess you're right. I stand corrected. It was hardly an anticipated superfight everyone needed at the time. It was really only considered a historical footnote as Ali's career was over, as it was the first major mile mark of the GOAT heavy.
I'd say Tyson's fight with Spinks was much bigger.
Hearns vs Hagler and Leonard.
Hopkins vs Jones wasn’t a big fight by any stretch. It was an undercard bout on a small bill in Washington. He had far bigger fights with Trinidad, Oscar and Calzaghe.
There’s no official definition for ‘ATG’ either. They are the fighters who got the breaks, right management and kept winning and/or coming back to win when there were only 1-2 belts and less divisions. It gets hazy from the 80s onwards, and comes down to connections with promoters and networks and stuff more than anything I think.
It's a hindsight assessment - Hop's fights with them were bigger in real time, but with hindsight, that's the best fighter and therefore the biggest fight that Hop was in with for my money.
A bit like Sanchez and Nelson - Sal was known but of course, Azumah goes on to do things that heighten the quality of both Sal's win and Azumah's performance in my book.