Which fight is better: Chavez/Taylor I or Gatti/Ward I?

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Marcus S., Sep 4, 2022.

Which fight is better?

  1. Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Meldrick Taylor I

    16 vote(s)
  2. Arturo Gatti vs. Micky Ward I

    6 vote(s)
  1. Marcus S.

    Marcus S. Member Full Member

    Aug 24, 2022
    Which classic do y'all think is better?
  2. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jan 3, 2007
    Gatti vs Ward was more action packed and more two sided. Taylor vs Chavez was of greater importance to the boxing world
  3. salsanchezfan

    salsanchezfan Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    Nothing surpasses round 9 of Ward-Gatti 1, but on the whole Chavez-Taylor was more riveting and showed more.
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  4. PhillyPhan69

    PhillyPhan69 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Dec 20, 2006
    Chavez Taylor and the skill disparity between the two fights doesn’t even make it close.
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  5. Dynamicpuncher

    Dynamicpuncher Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jan 14, 2022
    Well Chavez vs Taylor was a more important fight, and is definitely a more skillful fight. But Ward vs Gatti 1 was alot more exciting and had more two way competitive action.

    Put it this way if I had a choice, I'd rather watch Ward vs Gatti 1. Plus the ending of Chavez vs Taylor annoys me as I'm a fan of Meldrick Taylor.
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  6. Fourth_Horseman

    Fourth_Horseman Member Full Member

    May 12, 2022
    Are we comparing a bar brawl with a world-class professional boxing match?
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  7. PernellSweetPea

    PernellSweetPea Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Feb 26, 2009
    The level of the fighters is what made chavez Taylor so great. Chavez had not been tested like that before. I remember Taylor landing on the inside and making it a fight, and not many guys could make it a fight with Chavez really at that time.. This was the first time he fought someone at his level.
  8. ETM

    ETM I thought I did enough to win. Full Member

    Mar 19, 2012
    Round 10 of Chavez Taylor was every bit as action packed as Gatti/Ward round 9. Just a higher level of boxing. I don't think I've seen many rounds better than that one.
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  9. Journeyman92

    Journeyman92 Resident Gadfly Full Member

    Sep 22, 2021
    I don’t see much to enjoy watching Ward or Gatti. It’s just barbarism, Chavez vs Taylor was scientific barbarism.
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  10. salsanchezfan

    salsanchezfan Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    Why not?
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  11. robert ungurean

    robert ungurean Богдан Philadelphia Full Member

    Jun 9, 2007
    Both great. Comes down to personal preference IMO
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  12. Marcus S.

    Marcus S. Member Full Member

    Aug 24, 2022
    If GattiWard I is a "bar brawl", then you must hate the majority of classic boxing matches then.
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2022
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  13. young griffo

    young griffo Boxing Addict Full Member

    May 18, 2006
    Gato-Ward 1 is close to the best fight I’ve ever seen taking all hipster bias away. Just an epic brawl with some skills as well despite whatever people reckon.

    Chavez- Taylor was great and they were both great fighters but it didn’t come close to replicating the Gatti-Ward balls to the wall action.
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  14. Jel

    Jel Obsessive list maker Full Member

    Oct 20, 2017
    Very different fights.

    The stakes and level was much higher for Chavez-Taylor. The ending was unforgettable and endlessly controversial.

    Gatti-Ward was a balls-to-the-wall brawl with nothing at stake except pride. As Larry Merchant memorably said, they were ‘fighting for the championship of each other’. Round 9 was one for the ages regardless of the status of the fight in comparison to Chavez-Taylor.

    I chose Chavez-Taylor but Gatti-Ward will live long in the annuals of the sport.
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  15. Saad54

    Saad54 Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Dec 10, 2014
    Chavez-Taylor was fought on a much higher plain skill wise

    Gatti-Ward ! was kind of a glorified club fight.

    For two way action Gatti-Ward is more exciting.

    For significance and drama, Chavez-Taylor is better
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