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Tony Bellew’s Favourite Heavyweight Classics

Tony Bellew’s Favourite Heavyweight Classics

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Muhammad Ali LPTS15 Joe Frazier, 1971

The first fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier is one of boxing’s must-see events and the animosity on display from the two legends is something else. These are two fighters who wanted the win so bad because it was so personal between them and it was for the greatest prize in boxing. The two of them combined to give boxing one of the best fights ever seen and it’s a battle that people still talk about so many years later.

George Foreman WKO5 Ron Lyle, 1976

One of the craziest fights of all time as George Foreman and Ron Lyle basically just threw everything at each other from the first bell. This was a fight that Foreman needed to win in a big way as he was coming off the loss to Muhammad Ali and he realised quick he was in a big struggle with Lyle. The pair of them hit each other with some serious shots and both went down, but Foreman’s extra power mattered most and he added another impressive win to his record.

Mike Tyson WTKO2 Trevor Berbick, 1986

I’ve gone on record many times calling Mike Tyson the most frightening heavyweight of all time. On his best day, I think he has too much for anyone and perhaps the biggest evidence of that was his second-round battering of Trevor Berbick. Tyson’s rise through the heavyweight division was incredible and when he was handed his world title chance against Berbick, he went through him with so much ease becoming one of the world’s biggest stars in the process.

Riddick Bowe WPTS12 Evander Holyfield, 1992

Most people are aware how much of a big fan I am of Riddick Bowe, and nobody will ever forget his legendary battle with Evander Holyfield. The heavyweight division had so much potential at the start of the 1990s and it was these two fighters, along with Lennox Lewis, leading the way. They ended up having three classic fights, but their first meeting was by far the best and undoubtedly the high point of Bowe’s career as he won a classic on points.

Anthony Joshua WTKO11 Wladimer Klitschko, 2017

It was a privilege to be at ringside when Anthony Joshua beat Wladimer Klitschko and the atmosphere that night is something I’ll never forget. Klitschko came into the fight with a massive point to prove and it was perhaps the first major world class test of Joshua’s career. The plot was brilliant and the fight ended up that way as well. Joshua was down and out at one point, but he showed serios heart to get up from a superb shot to turn things back in his favour and stop Klitschko late.

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