Best you’ve seen with your own eyes (live)

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Saintpat, May 13, 2019.

  1. Saintpat

    Saintpat Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jun 26, 2009
    I’ve been fortunate to have seen some ATGs live — not always prime, but seen them with my own eyes nonetheless — and some other notables.

    I’m interested to know who the best you’ve seen are, and any memories you want to share.

    Among mine, I saw:

    Roy Jones Jr. (vs. Sugar Boy Malinga — I rate Roy as the best among the guys I’ve seen)
    Oscar de la Hoya
    Larry Holmes
    Hector Camacho
    George Foreman (on the comeback trail when it was still kind of a circus attraction)
    Azumah Nelson
    Mike Tyson
    Michael Spinks
    Simon Brown
    Michael Nunn
    Oliver McCall
    Evander Holyfield
    Dwight Muhammad Qawi
    Bert Cooper
    Renaldo Snipes
    Julian Jackson
    Razor Ruddock
    Carl “The Truth” Williams
    Buster Douglas
    Trevor Berbick
    Roberto Duran
    Lennox Lewis
    Tyrell Biggs
    Michael Moorer
    John John Molina
    Deontay Wilder
    Shawn Porter
    Jermell Charlo
    Jermall Charlo
    Adrien Broner
    Jessie Vargas

    There’s probably more, and while that seems like a lot if you’re like me and you go to a fight — you show up for the first one in the middle of the afternoon in the empty arena and stay until the last bell. And many of those I saw three or four on the same night (especially on those long Don King cards back in the day).

    I’m not trying to start a competition. I was thinking about some of the fighters I’ve seen and started listing and checking boxrec for the undercards and seeing if my memory was correct (I’d forgotten about some or maybe didn’t realize that guy I saw on an undercard turned out to be Simon Brown, for instance). I’m in my mid-50s and have been going to fights since I was a kid and my dad took me to the local smokers. I’d rather be in an arena with a fight going on than just about anywhere else. I’d like to know who you’ve seen, met, whatever.
  2. Seamus

    Seamus Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    Iron Mike
    Sweat Pea
    Winky Wright

    these come to mind...
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  3. ChrisJS

    ChrisJS Active Member Full Member

    Sep 11, 2018
    I think the one that’s impressed me the most as far as skill, talent, putting on a show etc; is Lomachenko who I’ve seen 7 times. Juan Manuel Marquez is the one I’ve seen the most (11 times) and he’s up there too. Very lucky to have been ringside for some of them and to have seen him training and sparring in Romanza gym too.

    Other greats I saw that were very impressive -

    Floyd Mayweather
    Manny Pacquaio
    Joe Calzaghe
    Roman Gonzalez
    Terence Crawford
    Felix Trinidad (saw the Mayorga and Wright fans so saw him look great and awful)
    Juan Francisco Estrada

    Saw Rafael Marquez, Israel Vazquez, Jose Luis Castillo, Diego Corrales, Kostya Tszyu, Ricky Hatton, Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, Andre Ward, Gennady Golovkin, Sergey Kovalev, Paul Williams, Bernard Hopkins (he ended both fights by falling out of the ring) etc;
  4. Smokin Bert

    Smokin Bert Boxing Addict Full Member

    Sep 8, 2013
    Hey SaintPat,

    You and I must have been at a lot of the same fights. My list overlaps substantially with yours. Although I was fortunate to also see prime versions of Julio Cesar Chavez sr, Frankie Randall, Ricardo Lopez, Felix Trinidad, Bernard Hopkins, Kostya Tszyu, Ricky Hatton,and Evander Holyfield, as well. I am envious you got to see Roberto Duran and Dwight Qawi live. I met Qawi once, but, only got to see him fight on television.

    Not to be a jerk, but I would not have included a hype job like Adrian Broner, even if I had seen him live.

    And if I had to say who impressed me the most, it would be Roy Jones. In his prime, he was absolutely spectacular. (I saw him live vs Thomas Tate and Bryant Brannon)

    SHADAPBLAD Lost all my bets Full Member

    Feb 15, 2017
    Best I've ever seen with my own eyes was this tiny Filipino dude that I sparred with occasionally. He was much shorter than I was, which would technically make him a midget, but fast as all hell and relentless. I was never able to duck under his blows due to the height and usually unable to keep up with his speed in mid range.

    I would take cover and back up slowly while this deranged wild dwarf would shift from side to side, forward back, bouncing up and down, spinning and wheeling, crazy twitchy arm and body movements, the whole works... all while throwing his 30 punch combos. My guess is he couldve been a fairly solid beltholder at around bantamweight... if title fights were four rounds max.

    Of course, this is in a p4p sense. The really big fat dude that always complained and ran out of breath while I held mitts for him (my hands way above my head) would probably be the best fighter Ive seen in the realistic sense. He damn near knocked me out cold while we were doing simple drills and he overextended. I was wearing gloves and he had the mitts. Imagine that
  6. emallini

    emallini Boxing Junkie booted Full Member

    Mar 16, 2008
    Lucky *******s
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  7. Bukkake

    Bukkake Boxing Addict Full Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Limiting my list to HOFers only:

    Emile Griffith
    Eddie Perkins
    Bob Foster
    Carlos Monzon
    Ken Buchanan
    Roberto Duran
    Victor Galindez
    Alexis Arguello
    Aaron Pryor
    Eusebio Pedroza
    Barry McGuigan
    Mike Tyson
    Joe Calzaghe
    Last edited: May 14, 2019
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  8. GordonGarner65

    GordonGarner65 Active Member Full Member

    Nov 12, 2016
    Which Tyrell Biggs fight did you see ?
  9. he grant

    he grant Historian/Film Maker Full Member

    Jul 15, 2008
    Ray Leonard
    Roberto Duran
    Larry Holmes
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  10. Enigmadanks

    Enigmadanks Boxing Addict Full Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    I'm from NYC and have seen a good amount of fighters make their way to the Garden since the early 90's and have seen a few cards at the Barclay's in recent years.

    The best performance I ever saw live was in Atlantic City back in 2005 when i witnessed Floyd Mayweather Jr in his prime fighting at arguably the best weight class for him outside of the SFW division, when he was campaigning briefly at 140 lbs. he took on Arturo Gatti that night.

    That version of him on that night would've been a very tough fight for any man in the history of the JWW division. I remember vividly how much he was booed when he came to the ring and how quickly the crowd started to cheer for him by the 2nd round. That was a destruction of the highest order.
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  11. salsanchezfan

    salsanchezfan Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    I've been to exactly one fight card in my life, in 1996 in Phoenix. We don't really have boxing to speak of up here.

    It was the Bernard Hopkins-Steve Frank fight, which lasted 24 seconds. Also saw Terry Norris blow out some nondescript Argentine or other.
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  12. Saintpat

    Saintpat Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jun 26, 2009
    Saw him get stopped in three by Lennox Lewis in Atlanta. I think it was Holyfield-Cooper undercard.
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  13. ray fritz

    ray fritz Active Member Full Member

    Nov 4, 2018
    Saw some great ones jn LA.Patterson/QUarry one coliseum.The two Palomino/Muniz wlter title goes. Great M ando Ramos /FRankie Crawford one at world tamous Olympic AUDITORIUM. Tony Longoria who never quite panned out Lomg Brach Aud. TONY MIGHT HAVE BEAT OUT Manuel Ramos as first Mexican title hope but ran into Memphis Al Jones. Saw Rodolfo Gonzalez in L.B. other great little feathers ,a lot of great MEXICAN FIGHTERS who made L.A. their home.
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  14. Saad54

    Saad54 Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Dec 10, 2014
    Saw Roy Jones, Jr. toy with Bernard Hopkins in May 1993 at RFK Stadium, Washington, DC.
  15. Saintpat

    Saintpat Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jun 26, 2009
    I’d trade a lot of my best boxing experiences to see the worst card ever at the Olympic. What a venue.