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Century Of Iconic Big Apple Bouts

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Over the past century, New York City has witnessed a plethora of truly iconic boxing bouts. From legendary matchups that defined eras to historic encounters that left a lasting impact on the sport, the Big Apple has been a battleground for boxing's greatest fighters.

1. The Thriller in Manila - Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier III

Muhammad Ali Vs. Joe Frazier III New York Fight Nights: A Century Of Iconic Big Apple Bouts

One of the most infamous fights in boxing history, the third bout between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier took place on October 1, 1975, at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines. Dubbed "The Thriller in Manila," this fight was a true test of endurance and willpower, pushing both fighters to their limits.

New York Fight Nights: A Century of Iconic Big Apple Bouts
by Thomas Myler (Kindle Edition)

5 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 1280 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 308 pages
Lending : Enabled

The battle between Ali and Frazier showcased their incredible fighting skills and indomitable spirits. The intensity of this fight was unmatched, as both men traded powerful blows and refused to back down. In the end, Ali emerged victorious after Frazier's corner decided to throw in the towel before the start of the 15th round, citing exhaustion and the debilitating effects of Ali's punches.

2. The Rumble in the Jungle - Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman

Muhammad Ali Vs. George Foreman New York Fight Nights: A Century Of Iconic Big Apple Bouts

Another historic bout involving Muhammad Ali, The Rumble in the Jungle took place on October 30, 1974, in Kinshasa, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo). Ali, considered an underdog in the fight, faced off against the powerful and undefeated heavyweight champion George Foreman.

Ali devised a new strategy called the "rope-a-dope," where he leaned against the ropes, allowing Foreman to exhaust himself by throwing punches that mostly landed on Ali's guard. In a stunning turn of events, Ali knocked out Foreman in the eighth round, securing his place as one of boxing's all-time greatest legends.

3. The Fight of the Century - Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier I

Muhammad Ali Vs. Joe Frazier I New York Fight Nights: A Century Of Iconic Big Apple Bouts

Regarded as one of the most anticipated and hyped fights in boxing history, The Fight of the Century between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier took place on March 8, 1971, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Both fighters were undefeated at the time, adding to the excitement and tension surrounding the match.

Frazier emerged victorious in this epic battle, winning by unanimous decision after 15 intense rounds. The Fight of the Century marked the first loss of Ali's professional career and set the stage for their future legendary encounters.

4. The St. Valentine's Day Massacre - Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Jake LaMotta VI

Sugar Ray Robinson Vs. Jake LaMotta VI New York Fight Nights: A Century Of Iconic Big Apple Bouts

A rivalry that spanned over six fights, Sugar Ray Robinson and Jake LaMotta faced each other in one of their most brutal encounters on February 14, 1951. This bout, known as The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, took place at the Chicago Stadium.

Robinson dominated the fight, delivering relentless punishment to LaMotta's body and face. The referee eventually stopped the fight in the 13th round due to the severe injuries sustained by LaMotta. This victory solidified Robinson's legacy as one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters in boxing history.

5. The Golden Boy vs. The Executioner - Oscar De La Hoya vs. Bernard Hopkins

Oscar De La Hoya Vs. Bernard Hopkins New York Fight Nights: A Century Of Iconic Big Apple Bouts

A highly anticipated middleweight bout between Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins took place on September 18, 2004, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. De La Hoya, known as "The Golden Boy," and Hopkins, nicknamed "The Executioner," were both respected champions in their own right.

In this thrilling clash, Hopkins proved his dominance by knocking out De La Hoya in the ninth round, becoming the first fighter to ever stop him. This victory solidified Hopkins' legacy as one of the greatest middleweights of all time.

These are just a few examples of the century's most iconic bouts that have taken place in the Big Apple. New York City continues to be a mecca for boxing, attracting legendary fighters and hosting unforgettable encounters. Whether it's Madison Square Garden or other historic venues, the city's rich boxing history is etched in the memories of both fans and fighters alike.

New York Fight Nights: A Century of Iconic Big Apple Bouts
by Thomas Myler (Kindle Edition)

5 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 1280 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 308 pages
Lending : Enabled

Join the roaring crowds at iconic venues including Madison Square Garden, the Yankee Stadium, the Polo Grounds and the Long Island Bowl in the company of boxing historian Thomas Myler. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy all the inside stories, including the riot following the Riddick Bowe-Andrew Golota farce, and the human buzzsaw that was Henry Armstrong against Barney Ross. James J. Braddock shocked the boxing world to become boxing's "Cinderella Man" by taming Max Baer, while Tommy Farr upset all predictions by staying 15 rounds with the feared Joe Louis. New York Fight Nights is a wide-ranging, exciting trip through boxing history which enables you to follow Floyd Patterson's historic battle with Ingmar Johansson, to witness Randolph Turpin's tragic downfall against Carl Bobo Olson3and the Harry Greb-Mickey Walker slugfest that continued outside on the sidewalk.

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