Madison Square Garden's Greatest Boxing Matches
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Memorable Fights at The Garden
These bouts are in no particular order.
1. Joe Frazier W15 Muhammad Ali: 1st Fight (1971) Ali and Frazier were both undefeated Heavyweight Champions in The Fight of the Century. Ali won many of the early rounds only to be battered by Smokin Joe in the middle of the bout. Al landed jabs and strait rights while moving on his toes. Frazier, for his part, landed left hooks to the head and body as well as uppercuts as he pressed forward. Frazier floored Ali with a huge left hook in the eleventh and again in the 15th to Earn a well deserved and close decision.
2. Roberto Duran T.K.O. 13 Ken Buchanon (1972) Hands of Stone won the Lightweight Championship by dethroning Ken Buchanon. Duran scored a knockdown in the first and beat Ken without remorse until finally getting the T.K.O. in the 13th round. Duran fought a dirty fight using elbows and low blows but he also landed hooks and uppercuts constantly. Buchanon could not keep Duran off of him although he tried and fought with heart.
3. Riddick Bowe W DQ 7 Andrew Golota (1996) Big Daddy Bowe was getting beaten up by Golota by Andew kept fouling by hitting behind the head, throwing elbows and throwing hard low blows. Golota was winning the match except that he got disqualified because of repeated low blows. The result of the bout resulted in a huge riot in the stands at Madison Square Garden where numerous people were hurt and others arrested.
4. Sugar Ray Robinson W10 Jake La Motta (Fifth Bout: 1945) Sugar Ray easily out jabbed and out maneuvered La Motta with slick footwork for four rounds. La Motta worked the body well and jabbed well himself in the middle rounds. In the end, Robinson had more left in the tank as he landed all his arsenal the last two rounds to pull out the close win. La Motta cut off the ring well but Robinson either tied him up or countered Jake's right hands.
5. Bernard Hopkins K.O. 12 Felix Trinidad (2001) Trinidad was an undefeated Middleweight Champion and Hopkins was the Middleweight Champion. Tito was expected to win but, Hopkins outboxed Trinidad in nearly every round. In the 11th Hopkins dropped Tito and won by T.K.O. Tito was the stalker and B-Hop was the boxing master using footwork, lead rights and counter punching to baffle Trinidad.
6. Rocky Marciano K.O. 8 Joe Louis (1951) Rocky was an up and coming contender when he met aging Joe Louis at MSG. Louis landed his fair share of jabs and strait rights but in the end youth was served. Rocky put Louis down in the eighth with a left hook. Louis got up and Rocky put him through the ropes with a swift right to end the bout.
7. Henry Armstrong W15 Lou Ambers (1938) Armstrong was Featherweight Champion and Ross was the Welterweight Champion. Ross showed heart and plenty of skills but, Homicide Hank showed even more by never letting up with his punch output which led to him winning a close but, deserved decision and the Welterweight Title.
8. Roberto Duran T.K.O. 8 Davey Moore (1983) Hands of Stone seemed to be on the downside after losing back to back bouts including losing to a club fighter. Davey Moore was the undefeated Jr. Middleweight Champion of the World. Duran was the Duran of old ducking and countering to the face and ribs with ferociousness. he knocked poor Moore to the canvas brutally in round 7. Moore was rescued in the 8th but his career was completely ruined from this one bout.
9. Willie Pep W15 Sandy Saddler (Second Bout: 1949) Pep was knocked out by Saddler in their first match but, he put on an inspired performance in the rematch. Saddler had his moments including cutting Pep and swelling his eyes nearly shut but it wasn't enough. Pep danced in and out, side to side and never stopped throwing fast jabs to eke out a close but solid win.
10. Arturo Gatti K.O. 6 Wilson Rodriguez (1996) Gatti was losing every round and both of his were completely shut. In the 6th Gatti pulled out a miracle out of a Rocky film and floored Rodriguez for the count with a huge left hook to the head. Rodriguez was using jabs, right hands and footwork to easily embarrass and dish out a beating on Gatti until the fateful 6th round.
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MSG Events and Concerts
The list below names some of the biggest non sporting events that have taken place at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Music Concerts: Many of the most famous musicians in the world have performed at The Garden.
Circus: Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey hold annual circus acts at The Garden.
Dog Shows: The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is held at this venue annually.
Many other events such as The Grammy's, the Democratic National Convention, College graduation ceremonies and magic shows have been hosted by MSG.
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Madison Square Garden Sporting Events
Below is a list of sports that are or have been featured at Madison Square Garden.
1. Boxing: Before Las Vegas took over Madison Square Garden was considered The Mecca of Boxing. Many of the best boxing bouts in history have taken place in this famous venue.
2. New York Knicks (Basketball) Famed NBA basketball team the NY Knicks play all their home games at The Garden.
3. New York Rangers (Hockey) The NHL Hocky team named The Rangers call Madison Square Garden their home.
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