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THE FIVE ALL-TIME GREAT FIGHTS.

NIGEL BENN v GERALD McCLELLAN

NEW LONDON ARENA, LONDON, 1995

Benn was sent tumbling out of the ring in the first round and flattened in the eighth, yet he summoned his reserves of courage to register a sensational 10th-round victory

SUGAR RAY LEONARD v THOMAS HEARNS

CAESARS PALACE, LAS VEGAS, 1981

It was Hearns who led on the scorecards until Leonard - who was told by trainer Angelo Dundee after round 12, "You're blowing it, son! You're blowing it!" - exploded into life in the 13th before finishing off his rival in the 14th

MARVIN HAGLER v THOMAS HEARNS

CAESARS PALACE, LAS VEGAS 1985

This produced the most explosive three rounds ever seen. An exhausting opener is widely considered the best round in boxing history. Hagler went in for the kill in the third and the fight was waved off after 118 seconds

JOE LOUIS v MAX SCHMELING

YANKEE STADIUM, NEW YORK, 1938

The 'Brown Bomber' flattened Schmeling in 124 seconds. It was viewed as a victory for good over evil, due to the Nazis' idolatory of my You thre wthi is and com Schmeling

MUHAMMAD ALI v JOE FRAZIER

PHILIPPINE COLISEUM, MANILA, 1975

'The Thrilla in Manila' was a brutal 14-round war, fought in searing heat. It was a savage fight of awe-inspiring courage, with winner Ali later claiming "this is the closest to death I have ever been"

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 30, 2015
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