The BTBC fan forum is boxing’s first 100% troll-free message board and the home of some of the internet’s sharpest hardcore fans. Today we spotlight forum member, WelshDevil Rob, as he shares his 5 Favorite Boxing Moments:
George Foreman vs Ron Lyle (24-01-1976) at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada – Not a fight of skill just a fight between two ‘gunslingers’ – Heavyweight boxing at it’s most brutal. This was Foreman’s comeback fight after the famous defeat to Muhammad Ali in 1975 and credit to Foreman he didn’t pick a soft comeback fight. Both men are teak tough with masses of power and if you want to see a Great Heavyweight fight at its rawest, then this is it. Knockdowns aplenty. Foreman won in the 5th.
Thomas Hearns vs Roberto Duran (15-06-1984) at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
– The right hand Hearns landed when Duran was on the ropes, in the 2nd round, will stay in my memory forever – what a punch! Hearns had legendary power but the fight wasn’t meant to end like that. Unbelievable!
Lloyd Honeyghan vs Donald Curry (27-09-1986) at Caesar’s Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey – Upset and what a dominating performance by ‘The Raggamuffin Man’ Honeyghan. The fight proved that nothing is certain when two men enter the ring. Lloyd went to the US and snatched the Undisputed Welterweight Crown from the man regarded as the 2nd best P4P fighter on the Planet. (Marvin Hagler was No.1)
Lennox Lewis vs Frank Bruno (01-10-1993) at Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff, Wales
– I was there in the crowd at Cardiff cheering on Lennox, the first fight I ever attended and the 1st World (WBC) Heavyweight title fight between two Britons. Tough battle of hard jabs and the best performance of Bruno’s career as he was determined not to lose to his local rival. Lewis took time to get into the fight but finished the fight in the 7th hammering Bruno across the ring.
Nigel Benn vs Gerald McClellan (25-02-1995) at New London Arena, Millwall, London – Watched this fight with the whole family as there was a party to celebrate my grandparents 50th Wedding anniversary. Benn was a big underdog despite being the WBC Super Middleweight Champion.
A tragic, brutal fight that showed the heart needed to compete at the highest level and the sad consequences that sometimes happen in the sport we all love. Benn won on a 10th round KO made all the more remarkable as he’d been punched out through the ropes in the 1st round. Both fighters carried huge power and determination.