What are your favorite champion heavyweight bouts?

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  1. Tockah

    Tockah F-GOAT Full Member

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    Not to be such a casual, but I would be a liar to say it wasn't my favorite division and still the one I continue learning the most about. Which fights are your very favorite in no particular order?
    Off the top of my head, two kinds of fights are my favorites:

    Chess, not Checkers.
    Ali v Foreman
    Walcott v Louis 1
    Foreman v Moore
    Frazier v Foreman 1
    Patterson v Johansson 2
    Douglas v Tyson
    Tunny v Dempsey 1 & 2

    Lord, you're in the wrong place tonight.
    Ali v Frazier 1
    Dempsey v Willard
    Ali v Williams
    Foreman v Norton
    Foreman v Frazier
    Spinks v Tyson
     
  2. Dynamicpuncher

    Dynamicpuncher Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Larry Holmes vs Weaver 1/Witherspoon/Norton
    Muhammad Ali vs Frazier 1 and 3
    Evander Holyfield vs Bowe 1, 2, 3/Cooper
    Michael Moorer vs Bert Cooper
    Floyd Patterson vs Ingemar Johansson 3
    Joe Louis vs Billy Conn 1
    Rocky Marciano vs Walcott 1/Charles 2
    Joe Frazier vs Jerry Quarry 1
    Lennox Lewis vs Vitali Klitschko

    For impressive KO's but one sided fights

    George Foreman vs Norton/Frazier 1
    Muhammad Ali vs Cleveland Williams
    Joe Frazier vs Jimmy Ellis 1/Bob Foster
    Lennox Lewis vs Hasim Rahman 2
    Mike Tyson vs Michael Spinks
    Joe Louis vs Max Schmeling 2
     
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  3. KernowWarrior

    KernowWarrior Bob Fitzsimmons much bigger brother. Full Member

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    Favourite bouts for various reasons
    Spinks beating Ali and Douglas beating Tyson, just because it showed we can have real life Rocky moments in our sport.

    Holmes vs Cooney merely because of where i was and the group of comrades i was with, and that was only a radio transmission.

    Bruno winning the title from McCall, just because big Franklins name was finally on the roll of honour that says World Heavyweight Champion, for one night only Bruno was the man, via punching and at the end grabbing, to the win. but a win is a win, no body said it had to be pretty.

    Ali vs Foreman
    Holmes v Norton
    Marciano vs Charles 1
     
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  4. Tockah

    Tockah F-GOAT Full Member

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    this sounds like such a nice memory
     
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  5. KernowWarrior

    KernowWarrior Bob Fitzsimmons much bigger brother. Full Member

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    A special memory most definitely, the situation we were in was not so nice, but esprit de corps was never felt stronger, and the memory of listening to the bout with those comrades still triggers that feeling of intense camaraderie.
     
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  6. Vic The Gambler

    Vic The Gambler Active Member Full Member

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    Holmes vs Cooney.

    I won so much money from school pals in bets as most of them gambled a small fortune on Cooney winning, while I put everything on Holmes.
    My classmates saw a big 6ft 6 giant, with the kind of KO power not seen since Foreman retired, (according to some anyway) and figured that he would blitz the champion easily…after all he was floored in his last fight against Renaldo Snipes. And remember, Cooney had demolished Ken Norton in his previous fight in just a round they reminded me. Big Gerry was gonna brutalise Holmes, no doubt at all, they all said.
    Misguided fools!

    But I knew better and seeing Holmes finally prevail was the best feeling in the world as I collected the big bucks from my uninformed peers. Oh, and it was a pretty good fight too.
    Great times!
     
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  7. Stevie G

    Stevie G Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Ali v Foreman
    Ali v Frazier I,II & III.
    Ali v Norton II
    Ali v Liston I
    Holmes v Norton
    Foreman v Lyle
    Bowe v Holyfield I
     
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  8. Mark Dunham

    Mark Dunham Active Member Full Member

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    what a great list

    I am also partial to Foreman - Frazier and Douglas Tyson, great performance
     
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  9. Mark Dunham

    Mark Dunham Active Member Full Member

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    Norton Holmes
    Foreman Frazier
    Louis Schmeling 1
    Louis - Conn 1
    Ali Dunn
    Douglas Tyson
     
  10. Mike Cannon

    Mike Cannon Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Leotis Martin - Liston
    Frazier Quarry - 1
    Marciano Walcott 1
     
  11. Hi-Tech

    Hi-Tech New Member Full Member

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    Ali vs Frazier 1
    Larry Holmes vs Ken Norton
    Holyfield vs Bowe
    Ali vs Foreman or Liston
    Foreman vs Moorer
    Lennox vs Rahman 2
     
  12. McGrain

    McGrain Diamond Dog Staff Member

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    It's weird, but the only HW title fights I rewatch are Lennox Lewis, Joe Louis, the two Liston blowouts, and the Rumble in the Jungle. I haven't even watched FOTC in about ten years.
     
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  13. McGrain

    McGrain Diamond Dog Staff Member

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    Ah wait, that's not true! During lockdown I watched loads of the full HBO broadcasts and they had all kinds of HW title fights at the end, mostly from the 1990s. So I lied.
     
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  14. Saintpat

    Saintpat Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Treat yourself to Holmes-Weaver I sometime.
     
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  15. Reinhardt

    Reinhardt Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Some really good fights mentioned here, and for different reasons.
    Couldn't limit them with a list
     
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