Career-defining moments & fights, of your favorite fighters

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by andrewe, Apr 27, 2020.

  1. andrewe

    andrewe Ezekiel 33 banned Full Member

    664
    541
    Mar 13, 2020
    Which moment/fight from your favorite fighter defined their career?

    His career-defining moment would be when he said 'no' to the Vietnam Draft and lost 3 years of his prime to stand up for what he believed to be right, and to stand up for black rights in America.


    Ali's fight, which is hard to pick since he has so many great options (Liston, any of the Frazier bouts, Spinks 2, etc) but I think the obvious answer is when he fought George Foreman, upsetting him to re-win the heavyweight championship. That would be his career-defining fight.

    Looking forward to these responses, should learn something new! :afro:
     
    LoadedGlove and Jel like this.
  2. The Morlocks

    The Morlocks Boxing Junkie Full Member

    8,659
    8,659
    Nov 21, 2009
    The great, BRUUUUTAL Bat Battalino vs The Fargo Express 12 rd stoppage war.
    Maybe, the greatest action fight ever fought.
    Billy's moment.
     
  3. Gazelle Punch

    Gazelle Punch Boxing Addict Full Member

    3,794
    4,197
    Aug 15, 2018
    Archie Moore v Durelle....fight secured his legacy as a top p4p fighter and continued to make him a draw late into old age.
    Career defining moment was probably securing Maxim the (250k?) with the help of Argentinian dictator Juan Peron and getting himself a title fight one of which he wasn’t paid much because of Maxims large demand. He got that title and decided to keep it for a decade
     
  4. ChrisJS

    ChrisJS Well-Known Member Full Member

    2,143
    4,199
    Sep 11, 2018
    Eder Jofre made history as the first Brazilian world champion when he won the Bantamweight title in 1960 and though he had a great reign and most generally rank him #1 all-time in his division it is the stunning accomplishment of winning the featherweight championship in 1973 against a formidable champ and stylistic nightmare in the much younger and bigger José Legra that puts Jofre right up there with the absolute gods of the game. Lineal championships 13 years apart and at 37 years old in that era in those divisions is unheard of.
     
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2021
    LoadedGlove, TipNom, andrewe and 3 others like this.
  5. Rumsfeld

    Rumsfeld Moderator Staff Member

    46,873
    6,871
    Jul 19, 2004
    Before I even opened this thread, that was the exact fight that jumped to mind for me.
     
    TipNom, andrewe, 70sFan865 and 2 others like this.
  6. Amos-san

    Amos-san Member Full Member

    406
    558
    Feb 2, 2020
    Do you think Jofre clearly won Legra? I had it for cuban
     
    andrewe likes this.
  7. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    41,767
    5,985
    Jan 3, 2007
    When Evander Holyfield KO’d Michael Dokes in one of the best fights of the decade. I knew he was something special
     
    Moggy94, Heisenberg, TipNom and 6 others like this.
  8. AwardedSteak863

    AwardedSteak863 Well-Known Member Full Member

    2,446
    3,970
    Aug 16, 2018
    Duran vs Barkley. Duran was still having his courage questioned by some folks because of the No Mas fight. I think the way he won that middleweight title from Barkley at that age, he re-earned a lot of respect from folks that he had lost in that 2nd fight with Ray. For the record, he always had my respect as truly one of the greatest fighter's of all time.
     
    Heisenberg, Reinhardt, Guru88 and 9 others like this.
  9. ChrisJS

    ChrisJS Well-Known Member Full Member

    2,143
    4,199
    Sep 11, 2018
    I thought Jofre. Very close fight but Jofre had the best dominant spell of the fight.
     
  10. The Morlocks

    The Morlocks Boxing Junkie Full Member

    8,659
    8,659
    Nov 21, 2009
    I think his career defining fight was against Esteban in the 3rd fight. He proved everything that day.
     
    LoadedGlove, Reinhardt, Jel and 2 others like this.
  11. AwardedSteak863

    AwardedSteak863 Well-Known Member Full Member

    2,446
    3,970
    Aug 16, 2018
    I could see that. Honestly he had so many it's hard to pick just one. Esteban, Leonard, Moore and Barkley. I went with the Barkley fight because the deck was so stacked against him. 37 years old, much smaller man that was fighting 25 pounds above his natural weight class. He had certainly proving his greatness well before that fight but what he did at that time was immortal. Guys really weren't winning belts that often in their late 30's at that point. Foreman vs Moorer and what BHOP did in his 40's hadn't happened yet. Outside of Jersey Joe winning the title at 37 and Archie's greatness, guys were pretty much done by the mid 30's and not beating men twice their size and nearly half their age. Duran = born to fight!
     
  12. George Crowcroft

    George Crowcroft 'Snarky Little Gobshite' - IntentionalButt Full Member

    21,790
    31,028
    Mar 3, 2019
    Who now?
     
    andrewe likes this.
  13. George Crowcroft

    George Crowcroft 'Snarky Little Gobshite' - IntentionalButt Full Member

    21,790
    31,028
    Mar 3, 2019
    It's hard, since Charles has so many but I'll say stopping Moore is his best win. Although, I'd argue that his defining moment (or at least the one he's respected for most) is going 15 with Marciano whilst past prime. It's an amazing feat, and not something I'd see being replicated by another fighter his size. Meh, I'll pick Moore 3.

    For Pops it's pretty straightforward. Best fight is Saad 1, and his best moment was beating Galíndez.

    Saad has about 1000 moments and fights you can pick, but I'll say Pops 1, and his defining moment was rallying after the 8tg round vs Lopez.

    Hearns' was definitely Hagler and Duran.

    Duran is another with a bunch of them. I'd say the Barkley and Moore fights are my favourite, with Leonard 1 being his defining moment.
     
  14. The Morlocks

    The Morlocks Boxing Junkie Full Member

    8,659
    8,659
    Nov 21, 2009
    What?
     
    roughdiamond likes this.
  15. George Crowcroft

    George Crowcroft 'Snarky Little Gobshite' - IntentionalButt Full Member

    21,790
    31,028
    Mar 3, 2019
    Who are they?