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1. Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier: The Greatest and Smokin Joe waged three wars. The first bout was called The Fight and it went 15 rounds. Ali and Frazier were both undefeated and Frazier sealed the deal in a close decision win with a 15th round knockdown. The second fight was the slowest of the three with Ali winning a lopsised 12 round decision in a relatively tame bout. Ali hurt Frazier badly in the second round of the fight. The third and final bout was called The Thrilla in Manilla and it was a great match. Ali won the early rounds with his jab but Frazier took control winning most of the middle rounds. After 14 brutal and bloody rounds Eddie Futch, who trained Joe Frazier, stopped the bout awarding a beat up Ali a 14th round T.K.O.
2. Rocky Graziano vs. Tony Zale: In the first bout Zale won the 160 pound crown by knocking out The Rock in the 6th round. It was brutal and Rocky was winning before Zale came back for the knockout wind with a hook and a body shot. In the rematch Zale was way ahead after 5 rounds and Rocky looked done for. But in the 6th round Rocky turned the tables and knocked The Man of Steel out. The final fight was less dramatic as Zale dominated and easily knocked out a spent Graziano.
3. Arturo Gatti vs. Mickey Ward: Wars and Gatti waged three ten round thrillers in Atlantic City, NJ. each time. In the first bout Gatti was floored and nearly stopped in the 9th round of a back and forth war that was breathtaking. Irish Mickey won a close decision. In the second fight Gatti goes down once and also breaks his hand. At any rate Gatti with a broke right hand still dominates Ward even though Ward never stops gunning for a knockout. The third and final match is a wild brawl that rivaled the first. Gatti won a close but clear decision in a fight that was full of brutal exchanges in each and every round.
4. Evander Holyfield vs. Riddick Bowe: The Real Deal lost the heavyweight crown to Bowe in a 12 round thriller. In the 10th round Bowe hurt Holy really bad with an uppercut and was relentless. Somehow, Holyfield came back a started to give Bowe a pounding. Evander went down in the 11th and lost a clear but close decision. In the rematch Holyfield won his title back by close 12 round decision in another great nip and tuck brawl. In the third and final Holyfield floors Big Daddy and almost wins by knockout. In the 8th Bowe is hurt but somehow manages to cold cock Holyfield and win by T.K.O. over a hurt and wobbly Holyfield.
5. Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Robert Duran: Hands of Stone moved up 2 weight classes, from Lightweight to Welterweight and won the title by 15 round decision over Leonard in a close fight and a brawl to say the least. In the rematch Leonard got sweet revenge by jabbing, feinting and taunting Duran so bad that even though the fight was close it caused Duran to yell, No Mas (No More) and quit in 8. In the third and final match Leonard , who was past his best, beat an ancient Duran by 12 round shut out in an embarassing match.
6. Manny Pacquiao vs. Erik Morales: El Terrible won a close 12 round decision over Pacquiao in their first encounter. Both men staggered the other in a great battle chock full of exchanges. Manny got rematch in the rematch 9 months later by knocking Morales down twice in the 10th round to force a stoppage. Before the knockout it was a close fight with both boxers showing the battle scars of the war. The third fight saw a beast named Pac Man destroy a well past his prime Morales by delivering a savage one sided beat down in only three rounds. Morales laid on the ropes looking dazed and confused as he was counted out.
7. Floyd Patterson vs. Ingemar Johannson: The bout was close for two slow rounds but everything changed in the third. Ingo knocked Patterson down 7 times to win by knockout and win the heavyweight crown. In the rematch Patterson became the first man to ever regain the heavyweight title by flattening Johansson in the fifth round with a leaping left hook that Ingemar never saw. In the final bout of the series Johansson put Patterson on the mat two times in the3 first and suffered one knockdown himself. After that Johansson was spent and Patterson waled away before putting Ingo out for good in round six with a left hook.
8. Erik Morales vs. Marco Antonio Barrera: Morales and Barrera waged the fight of the year in their first battle and the exchanges were high potency indeed. Morales won a very razor thin decision in a match in which both boxers looked bloodied and battered. The second match was a razor close 12 round decision for Marco Antonio Barrera in another action packed fight although not as good as the first which is hard to top. In their final encounter Barrera beat Morales to the punch and won a close but deserved decision in another classic.
9. Emile Griffith vs. Benny Paret: In the first battle Griffith weathered a bunch of bombs in the early going before taking over late and winning the 147 pound title by 13th round knockout over The Kid. They fought a year later and Paret got revenge by winning a close 15 round decision over Griffith. They fought a 3rd and final time and it is the most famous and infamous of the three. It was a close and grueling affair until the 6th round in which Paret knocked Emile down and almost out. After that Griffith took it to anothwer level with good counter punching and excellent combination punching. Sadly, in the 12th round Griffith unloaded 4 solid shots that all landed and they made Paret lean to the ropes. Griffith followed up on the great champion with 8 landed shots that knocked out Paret. Paret died from the injuries he sustained in that fight.
10: Barney Ross vs. Jimmy McLarnin: The first bout was named fight of the year and it was a close 15 round decision for Barney Ross. Ross landed a lot of body shots even though he was being out jabbed. It paid off late in the bout as he took over and pounded out a close win in a war. The rematch took place in Queens, New York just like the first fight but this time McLarnin won his title by 15 round decision by fighting with his smarts. He used footwork and jabs to secure the win. The third fight was razor close as was the first two. Ross won the bout by close 15 round decision in a fight that hadmore action than the other two.
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