Fight of the Decade: 1950s to 2010s (to date)

I got two boxing aficionados’ – one on each side of the Atlantic – take on the Fight of the Decade going back to the fabled 1950s through to the present. Amazingly – via our secret ballot – the three of us failed to concur on any given pick. Evidence, if any were needed, of the rich & illustrious tapestry that constitutes the glorious history of modern prizefighting.

Bernard Hopkins & Randy Gordon

Bernard Hopkins & Randy Gordon. Photography by Scott A. Marlowe

The Aficionados 

Randy Gordon

Former Commissioner of the New York State Athletic Commission. Randy served as Editor-in-Chief of The Ring Magazine and Boxing Illustrated & has been an on-air analyst for ESPN, the USA Network, SportsChannel, the Sunshine Network, SNY, New England Sports Network, the Madison Square Garden Network, FNN, CNN, KMOX and WFAN.

Ben Doughty

Ben Doughty London’s “It” Trainer. Photo courtesy of Ben Doughty.

Ben Doughty

Professional Boxing Trainer based out of TRAD TKO Canning Town, London, UK. Ben is also a boxing journalist, media pundit & respected voice in the UK boxing scene. 

 

 

1950s

MHRocky Marciano vs. Jersey Joe Walcott I

RG: Archie Moore v Yvon Durelle I

BD: Tony Zale vs. Rocky Graziano II

 

1960s

MHCassius Clay vs. Sonny Liston I

RG: Emile Griffith vs. Dick Tiger

BD: Emile Griffith vs. Nino Benvenuti 1

1970s

MHMuhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier III

RG: Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier III

BD: George Foreman vs. Ron Lyle

1980s

MHSugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns I

RG: Aaron Pryor vs. Alexis Argüello I

BD: Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns I

1990s

MH: Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Meldrick Taylor 1

RG: Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Meldrick Taylor 1

BD: Nigel Benn vs. Gerald McClellan

2000s

MH: Erik Morales vs. Marco Antonio Barrera I

RG: Micky Ward W 10 Arturo Gatti I

BD: Diego Corrales vs. José Luis Castillo I

2010s to date

MH: Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Manny Pacquiao IV

RG: Ruslan Provodnikov vs. Mike Alvarado

BD: Israel Vázquez vs. Rafael Márquez IV

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