World boxing champions whose best win was a non-title fight?

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  1. The Fighting Yoda

    The Fighting Yoda Member Full Member

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    For example Max Schmeling's win over Joe Louis.
    Do you have other examples?

    Btw with title fights I mean: Universal/Lineal, World Colored Championship Title, NBA, NYSAC, WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO.
     
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  2. The Funny Man 7

    The Funny Man 7 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Wow this is a fascinating question and a great idea for a thread!



    Ezzard Charles vs. Archie Moore III
     
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  3. Kamikaze

    Kamikaze Stud Pony Full Member

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    Ali vs Frazier 2
    I think it was Ali’s best performance.
     
  4. AwardedSteak863

    AwardedSteak863 Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Esteban De Jesus was the first and only man to beat a prime Roberto Duran at Lightweight. Unfortunately for him, it was a non title match.
     
  5. Gazelle Punch

    Gazelle Punch Boxing Addict Full Member

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  6. Bukkake

    Bukkake Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Greb beating Tunney in their first fight comes to mind.
     
  7. fists of fury

    fists of fury Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    I don't think you'll find a better example.
     
  8. The Fighting Yoda

    The Fighting Yoda Member Full Member

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    Thanks and great examples!
     
  9. The Fighting Yoda

    The Fighting Yoda Member Full Member

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    Jake LaMotta's win against Ray Robinson.
     
  10. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Probably one of the best examples
     
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  11. Ken Ashcroft

    Ken Ashcroft Boxing Addict Full Member

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    You could argue that Larry Holmes finest performance was his 12 round near shutout win over Earnie Shavers in March 1978 which would result in his first World title fight 3 months later against Kenny Norton for the WBC title.
     
  12. William Walker

    William Walker Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Yeah, and people ****in' say that 70s Ali was nothing like 60s Ali. They have never seen this fight. Judas Priest, man.
     
  13. BoxxyMcBoxface

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  14. scartissue

    scartissue Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Carlos Zarate's win over Alfonso Zamora
    Albert Davila's wins over Rodolfo Martinez and Lupe Pintor
    Danny Lopez's wins over Ruben Olivares, Art Hafey, Chucho Castillo and Famoso Gomez were better than most of his title fights.
     
  15. Pepsi Dioxide

    Pepsi Dioxide Member Full Member

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    Its ludicrous that zarate vs zamora wasnt for their titles
     
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