What’s better than a fight between two undefeated boxers vying for their first world championship? A fight that goes to the 12th and final round with said world championship still up for grabs.
Pick a round, any round, from the Leo Santa Cruz-Carl Frampton instant classic. We likely could’ve justified its inclusion on this list.
Javier Fortuna and Omar Douglas had a pretty good idea their 10-round brawl was still in doubt heading into the final round. So they came out swinging, producing three of the most exciting minutes of the year.
You didn’t think we’d forgotten about this fight, did you?
Rising 147-pound prospects Miguel Cruz and Samuel Figueroa are approaching eight months since their last fight, and neither currently have a bout formally scheduled. There’s a very good reason for that: Both are likely still recovering from their epic war with one another.
Here’s what we knew about Immanuwel Aleem and Jonathan Cepeda heading into their 160-pound clash last spring: Both fighters were a combined 32-1-0 with 24 knockouts. Here’s what we learned after eight insanely explosive rounds: Both fighters could throw and absorb a helluva punch.
Some rounds feature fireworks from the opening bell. Others take a little while to percolate, such as Round 6 of the world title fight between Danny Garcia and Robert Guerrero.
Given their perfect records, high boxing acumen, devastating punching power and intense animosity toward one another, nobody was shocked that Jermall Charlo and Julian Williams put on an electrifying performance in their 154-pound world title fight. Pretty much everyone, however, was shocked by the electrifying finish.