With the third fight between Tyson fury, world champion of CMB, and Deontay Wilder, on LEFT PUNCH We think of the 10 best trilogies in boxing history.
We chose a dozen that, due to the quality of the combat and the drama caused by the fighters, have acquired a cult quality throughout history.
Some of these trilogies in the history of boxing have consecrated exponents such as Muhammad Ali, Manny pacquiao and Erik morales among the best of all time in their weight divisions.
Add that to the country’s extensive boxing tradition and the use of the language ‘ties in’ with the trilogies every time they occur.
Thus, this Saturday the considered linear heavyweight champion Tyson fury and the former world champion of WBC, Deontay Wilder, prepare to complete their third meeting in Las Vegas.
On LEFT PUNCH We think of 10 other classic trilogies that, due to the quality of the combat and the drama caused by the fighters, have acquired a cult quality throughout history, some of them have produced the best fights in history and have consecrated exponents of the sweet science like Muhammad Ali, Manny Pacquiao and Erik morales among the best of all time in their weight divisions.
Best trilogies in boxing history:
1. Muhammad Ali vs Joe frazier
The first 1971 fight between Ali and Frazier was known as the Fight of the Century‘. In the second, Ali avenged his first professional defeat, and the third, the famous’Thrilla in Manila‘(1975), it could be the most iconic and brutal fight in heavyweight history, turned into a world-class event for the time.
This was the last time they both looked close to their boxing prime, three crashes and 41 rounds of sustained punishment ruined their bodies forever.
Without a doubt, the most famous among the best trilogies in boxing history.
2. Arturo Gatti vs Micky Ward
Some part of the fans may look down on Gatti and Ward for not being world-class fighters at the time of their trilogy, but the action they produced between 2002 and 2003 ensured that both would be forever linked and revered, thanks to the drama sparked by their resistance, alien to the human condition, to endure enormous amounts of punishment.
3. Marco Antonio Barrera vs Érik Morales
Bitter rivals back then since an incident in the Otomí Ceremonial Center, the Mexicans Barrier and Morales participated in one of the greatest fights of all time in February 2000. The first ‘Super Fight‘of the century as it was later called by HBO, was won by Morales, who then tried to repeat the trick two more times in 2002 and 2004, but failed before a Barrier that got better with every fight.
4. Emile Griffith vs Benny Paret
Without a doubt the most tragic of the boxing trilogies is this. Griffith and Paret fought three times in a year between 1961 and 1962, and the last fight cost the life of Paret.
The combat in the Madison Square Garden was notable and controversial for the punishment Paret received in the ring at the hands of Griffith, leading to his loss by knockout in the 12th round of 15 scheduled.Paret He died in hospital from brain trauma 10 days later.
5. Floyd Patterson vs Ingemar Johansson
After being knocked down seven times by Johansson in three rounds in his first fight in 1959. Patterson came back hungry for revenge to beat the historic Swedish heavyweight in back-to-back fights, stopping him within distance both times to reclaim his status as heavyweight champion, just before the rise of two boxers: Sonny liston and Cassius Clay.
6. Riddick Bowe vs Evander Holyfield
Holyfield and Bowe They starred in the best rivalry of the ’90s, meeting three times between 1992 and 1995 in the dispute for the linear and unified heavyweight title, with some of the most explosive and unexpected scenes witnessed in the division’s history, including the unexpected incident. of the “Fan Man “: James miller, the paratrooper who fell into the ring in full combat action to the astonishment of the public and the television audience. Was appointed ‘Event of the Year by Ring Magazine in 1993.
7. Manny Pacquiao vs. Erik Morales
Within 18 months, Morales, who looked like a still phenomenal fighter in the first match, went from having ‘the number’ of Pacquiao in 2005 to be decrypted and stopped not once, but twice by the Filipino in 2006. First by TKO in ten rounds and then by KO in three. This was the trilogy that catapulted the recently retired Pacman to pound-for-pound charts, and for Morales it was the initial reason for his first retirement away from the ring.
8. Humberto “Chiquita” González vs. Michael Carbajal
In 1993, Carbajal and Gonzalez they were the first junior flyweights to participate in a million dollar fight each and headline a pay-per-view function. They also produced an instant classic with the dramatic return of Carbajal in 1993 to render unconscious’La Chiquita ‘González in round seven of their first match. Then they repeated twice, but despite the great quality of both, the Mexican prevailed by boxing and countering the super aggressive Carbajal.
9. Tony Zale vs Rocky Graziano
The two classic middleweight punchers Zale and Graziano went by knockout every time they fought and alternated victories via arrest in 1946, 1947 and 1948, with Zale finally coming out on top winning the rivalry with a 2-1 record. It was the best rivalry of this decade and above all they offered three of the best fights after the Second World War.
10. Barney Ross vs Jimmy McLarnin
Ross, super lightweight challenger, moved up the division to dethrone welterweight champion McLarnin in 1934, who in turn won the rematch. Barney he won the third fight, a memorable 15-round decision against his perennial rival.
Ross he retired with a record of 72 wins, 4 losses, 3 draws and two ‘no decisions’, with 22 wins by knockout. Ranked # 21 on the list Ring Magazine of the 80 best fighters of the last 80 years.