The Big Fights That Got Away, That Were Supposed To Happen.

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Richard M Murrieta, May 10, 2022.

  1. TBooze

    TBooze Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    Spot on and literal. A good case could be made from anything from both winning inside thirty seconds to the most boring twelve round snore-fest...
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  2. Thread Stealer

    Thread Stealer Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    Holyfield-Tyson was scheduled for November 8, 1991. 3 weeks before that, Tyson pulled out. I found out during the broadcast for Mercer-Morrison.

    Trinidad-Quartey. You can read about the legal details here:

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    Quartey-Whitaker also was in the works, but Whitaker failed a drug test.

    Toney-Hopkins was scheduled in 2003, after Toney had beaten Jirov for the cruiserweight title. They had some press conferences. The fight got scraped.

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  3. Pepsi Dioxide

    Pepsi Dioxide Well-Known Member Full Member

    Oct 22, 2020
    Yea its a real bummer Quartey v Trinidad didn't happen. I think Trinidad would of won but Ike would of been a very small underdog
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  4. Reinhardt

    Reinhardt Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Oct 4, 2016
    Duran vs Arguello ,
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  5. PernellSweetPea

    PernellSweetPea Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Feb 26, 2009
    I always felt that Lewis had Bowe's number physically and mentally. Part because he beat him in the amateurs but in reality, having that big right. It would have landed and I think Bowe knew it. Lewis knew it also. I would say if you compare chins, Bowe might have had a slightly better chin, but Lennox was just a better fighter and his right was the equalizer.
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  6. Pugguy

    Pugguy Well-Known Member Full Member

    Aug 22, 2021
    Mayweather vs Pac did happen - but then again, it didn’t, at least not when it should’ve happened. Floyd’s accurate “timing” wasn’t just applied in the ring during the course of an actual fight.
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  7. Pugguy

    Pugguy Well-Known Member Full Member

    Aug 22, 2021
    Ironically with Bowe as compared to Lewis, he might’ve had the better chin at very best - but “very best” didn’t last too long - his chin seemed to get chipped away at and eroded relatively quickly. The Holy trilogy did him no favours.
  8. PernellSweetPea

    PernellSweetPea Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Feb 26, 2009
    Lennox had that right hand which kept fights a little more controlled for him in ways.. Mercer vs. Bowe would have been a good test.
  9. Saintpat

    Saintpat Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jun 26, 2009
    Old Larry Holmes vs. Old George Foreman

    Young(er) Larry Holmes vs. Gerrie Coetzee

    In both cases contracts were signed but the financing fell through. The Coetzee fight was originally supposed to take place in South Africa with financiers from there IIRC, and there were repeated attempts to put it back together for Las Vegas but the money never came together.
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  10. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jul 16, 2019
    A lot of shrewd managers tend to avoid a prime fighter, then play the waiting game, this way the prime opponent loses skills during the course of time. Yank Durham avoided champion Muhammad Ali, I read that in an article in our hometown sports page on June 10 1967. Ali said that Joe Frazier was smart in avoiding him, but Durham was very cagey, he knew Joe was not ready for Professor Clay (Ali) as he stated, knowing that Ali might go to prison for defying the military draft. They fought on March 8 1971 in Ali's third bout since the 43 month banishment, 1967-1970.
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