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Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk: 5 Most Iconic Boxing Bout


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Boxing as one of the biggest championship in professional sports, would see two of the finest world champions Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk lock-on in Saturday’s undisputed heavyweight title fight in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

Boxing has over the years produced some of the biggest stars in the history of the sport, and has also encouraged the birth of pay-per-view system which has helped the boxers to earn well.

Interestingly, with the 2024 undisputed heavyweight bout set to go down in Riyadh tomorrow, boxing enthusiasts would agree with me that they’ve been lot of traditional bout that still resonate with them.

As such let’s look into the historic battles that sit atop the list of iconic heavyweight bout, as we build-up into Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk fight tomorrow.

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Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk – (Ring Of Fire)

Fury and Usyk’s bout slated for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Saturday is an upcoming heavyweight professional boxing match that would see two of the finest boxers go head-to-head as the undisputed champions.

Fury’s WBC and Lineal belts would be on the line tomorrow while Usyk’s WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO belts would also be on the line in their quest for being named heavyweight champions.

Going into tomorrow’s bout anyone who comes out triumphant would be crowned the division’s first undisputed champions in the four-belt era and arguably the greatest heavyweight of this generation.

(1) Joe Frazier vs Muhammad Ali – (The Fight Of The Century)

Boxing enthusiasts all over the globe would agree that no sporting events in history has had the kind of anticipatory build-up and significance the bout between Ali and Frazier generated.

The bout was without mincing word the clash between two dominant and undefeated heavyweight champions, who had etched their name in the lore of the sports with their respective unrivalled consistency and gut on the ring.

The bout between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier didn’t only surpassed the hype, it also lived up to the expectation as the bout reached 15th and final round with Frazier securing victory and the title.

(2) Jack Johnson vs James Jeffries – (The Fight Of The Century)

The bout between Johnson and Jeffries saw the first man of African heritage to win the heavyweight championship of the world when he outclassed Tommy Burns.

Johnson was an exceptionally intelligent man who didn’t only fought with aplomb, he was also known to be one of the finest pound-for-pound boxers that took pleasure in poking at the angry would of the racist Americans.

The bout between Johnson and Jeffries lived up to the billing, but it was the excellent Jack Johnson who came out triumphant in the round of 15 of a scheduled 45 before the fight was stopped.

(3) Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier – (Thrilla In Manila)

The undisputed heavyweight bout between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier was the last of legendary Ali and Frazier’s three contests, that served boxing community a brutal spectacle that earned the fighters respect but finished their careers.

For the purpose of show-business, financial aspect of the sports and particularly to finally know who was the undisputed heavyweight champions, the bout lingered verbally in the memories of boxing enthusiasts for many years and till date.

These noble bout will forever lingered in the memories of old and young boxing enthusiasts who would come across the clip or read about the fight called (Thrilla In Manila) in 1975.

(4) Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman – (The Rumble In The Jungle)

The ‘Rumble In The Jungle‘ which went down in Kinshasa, Zaire, was no doubt one of the greatest bouts the boxing community has ever seen in terms of the fighters involved in the bout.

The fight happened to be a major turning point in the careers of both, particularly Muhammad Ali when he regained the heavyweight championship he’d forfeited in 1967 as a result of his refusal to join the America army.

Interestingly, the bout was when Muhammad Ali became the heavyweight champions of the world for the second time, when he knocked out then 25-year-old champs George Foreman in the eighth round.

(5) Roberto Duran vs Sugar Ray Leonard – (The Brawl In Montreal)

The noise from the fans still echoes even after four decades of the bout in Canada, named “The Brawl In Montreal” between Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard.

The bout will forever be ranked as one of the greatest boxing fight ever held in the history of the sports in 1980, when Sugar Ray Leonard put his WBC Welterweight title on the line against Roberto Duran in front of 46,317 fans at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

When it comes to the pre-game theatrics of boxing perhaps no one in the history of boxing come close to Duran, in the way and manner he annoyed and mentally manipulated his opponents to winning his fight.

This article was updated 1 month ago

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