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)
    72.7%
  2. Arturo Gatti vs. Micky Ward I

    6 vote(s)
    27.3%
  1. Marcus S.

    Marcus S. Member Full Member

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    Which classic do y'all think is better?
     
  2. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

    PernellSweetPea Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Why not?
     
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  11. robert ungurean

    robert ungurean Богдан Philadelphia Full Member

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    Both great. Comes down to personal preference IMO
     
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  12. Marcus S.

    Marcus S. Member Full Member

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    If GattiWard I is a "bar brawl", then you must hate the majority of classic boxing matches then.
     
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  13. young griffo

    young griffo Boxing Addict Full Member

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    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

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    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

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    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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