12 Rounds That Calibrated Boxing History

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12 Rounds of Destiny 

Larry Holmes vs Ken Norton, Round 15, 1978, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada. In March 2001 The Ring Magazine rated the 15th round of Holmes-Norton as the 7th most exciting round in all of boxing history.

Marvin Hagler vs Thomas Hearns, Round 1, 1985. The Ring Magazine labelled it “the most electrifying eight minutes ever” and The War took Fight of the Year for 1985 – this despite it lasting only three rounds.

Riddick Bowe vs Evander Holyfield Round 10, 1992, Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.  Ring Magazine Fight of the Year 1992.

Total Punches Holyfield Bowe
Landed 242 357
Thrown 475 711
Percentage 51% 50%

James Kirkland vs Alfredo Angulo, Round 1, 2011.

Max Kellerman noted “On paper, Kirkland’s made for Angulo, but this fight wasn’t fought on paper, it was fought through hell. No one watching will ever forget this night.” 

Mickey Ward vs Arturo Gatti I, Round 9, 2002. 

“We told you it might be a candidate for fight of the year. We didn’t know it might be a candidate for fight of the century.” Jim Lampley

I am humbled by watching these two guys take the punishment they are taking.” Larry Merchant

When people ask, “What’s the greatest sporting event you’ve ever been to?”, to this day, it was 2002 Gatti-Ward and what I saw Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward put forth, I’ve never seen anybody put forth in all the athletics I’ve attended as a fan.”  Joe Tessitore

Total Punches Gatti Ward
Landed 350 268
Thrown 779 550
Percentage 45% 49%

Mohammed Ali vs Joe Frazier III, Round 12, 1975. Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. 

Marco Antonio Barrera vs Erik Morales III, Round 11, 2004.

Diego Corrales vs Jose Luis Castillo I, Round 10, 2005. The bout ended in epic fashion in the 10th when Corrales, after being knocked down twice, got up and connected a brutal series of punches that rendered Castillo defenseless & the referee with little option but to halt this all-time classic.

Corrales 340/520 65%, Castillo 244/537 45%

Sithchatchawal vs Monshipour, Round 10, 2006. “For him to beat me he will have to come and get me,” Monshipour said before this instant classic. “If he manages to catch me he has a chance. We’ll know within the first 30 or 40 seconds.”

Matthew Saad Muhamad vs Yaqui Lopez, Round 8, 1980. McAfee, New Jersey, United States. WBC World Light Heavyweight Title. 1980 Ring Magazine Fight of the Year. Also named Ring Magazine‘s 8th greatest round of all-time.

Bob Foster vs Dick Tiger, Round 4, 1968. Madison Square Garden, New York. The Ring, WBC & WBA World Light heavyweight titles on the line.

Rocky Marciano vs Jersey Joe Walcott, Round 13, 1952Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ring Magazine Fight of the Year for 1952.