MENA Region: Top Five Boxing Bouts To Watch On FIGHT SPORTS MAX
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With the combat sports world on lockdown following the coronavirus outbreak, the need for sports is at an all-time high. Luckily, FIGHT SPORTS has you covered.
If you have FIGHT SPORTS MAX you can watch a number of classic fights from various era’s. Miss boxing? Recent fights are also available. What fights are the best for social distancing? FIGHT SPORTS presents the five bouts you could watch on FIGHT SPORTS MAX!
Deontay Wilder v. Tyson Fury I (12/1/18)
One of the first major bouts of this new era of heavyweight boxing, the initial fight pitting Deontay Wilder (42-1-1) and Tyson Fury (30-0-1) is considered a true classic. Two of the top boxers in the world squared off to determine who the best is, and it did not disappoint.
The fight was fairly even, with both giving it their all. Fury managed to avoid major damage from a strong Wilder hit in the ninth. He then rose up following a brutal knockout-punch by Wilder in the twelfth that stunned those in the audience and at home. Even Wilder, the knockout king, was perplexed.
In the end, the fight was called a controversial split decision draw, meaning we’d have to wait for the rematch for there to be a definitive winner…
Wilder v. Fury II (2/22/20)
The last major bout before the coronavirus took over, the rematch was as shocking as the first bout. Leading up to the fight, Fury was as confident as he could be, talking about how he’d knock Wilder out in two rounds. Many wondered if he was not ready for the fight due to his distractions (WWE, MMA training), but Fury once again proved people wrong.
“The Gypsy King” dominated all aspects of his bout against Wilder, knocking him down twice and making him bleed in the ear. The lineal heavyweight Champion sustained no major damage and had Wilder backing up the entire fight. Eventually, Wilder’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh. As a result, Fury became The Ring and WBC Heavyweight Champion.
Floyd Mayweather v. Miguel Cotto (5/5/12)
With rumors of him facing Manny Pacquiao (one of many), Floyd Mayweather (50-0) faced a man who just recently lost to Pacquiao in Miguel Cotto. The WBA Light-Middleweight Champion, Cotto (41-6) still had juice in the tank (he retired in 2017), and a fight against Mayweather was considered a dream bout to many.
In a fight that had over 1.5 million PPV buys, one of the highest of Mayweather’s career, and had a revenue of $94,000,000, Mayweather beat Cotto via unanimous decision. The fight was considered the second-biggest non-heavyweight fight with that revenue number. Floyd controlled the early round but Cotto made things interesting in the middle rounds, landing shots to the body of Mayweather. The latter controlled the end of the fight, and CompuBox had Mayweather landing 179-of-687 punches compared to Cotto’s 105-of-506.
Caleb Plant v. Vincent Feigenbutz (2/15/20)
In a true homecoming bout, Caleb Plant was able to outclass a knockout artist in Vincent Feigenbutz. Plant (20-0), the current IBF Super-Middleweight Champion, was continuing his run of facing mandatory challengers. In what was on paper the biggest fight he has had so far, Plant faced German sensation Feigenbutz (31-3), who was on a 10-fight win streak prior to this clash. In his first time fighting in America, Feigenbutz was getting stopped the entire bout, and Plant ended up winning via TKO in the tenth.
Anthony Joshua v. Andy Ruiz Jr. II (12/7/19)
Back in June 2019, Andy Ruiz Jr. pulled off one of the biggest upsets in boxing history when he dethroned Anthony Joshua inside Madison Square Garden. A moment nobody could predict, all the internet could talk about for that one night was boxing. When the rematch was announced, many were questioning the mindset of Joshua.
It turns out, Joshua (23-1) came back more focused than ever before. Taking place in Saudi Arabia, Ruiz (33-2) came in at 284 pounds, 16 pounds over the amount he weighed in the first bout. Joshua came in as light as he was to start his career at 237. Joshua was able to keep his distance and avoided the strong throws of Ruiz. Joshua ended up winning the bout via unanimous decision (118-110, 118-110, 119-109). It was a disappointing effort by Ruiz, but a defining moment for Joshua as he reclaimed his titles and his grip on the heavyweight division.