View Full Version : Boxings best win.

11-09-2011, 11:50 AM
I must say that I'm quite moved by the passing of Joe Frazier. The somberness I feel surprised me.

I was thinking if Fraziers win over Ali was the best single win in boxing history?

Other great wins include Duran over Leonard, LaMotta over Robinson, Leonard over Hagler.

I might be sentimental but I sway towards Smokin' Joe.

What do you say?

I'll add a poll later when some more suggestions have come up.

11-09-2011, 11:55 AM
Frazier's 1971 victory over Ali is probably the most presitigious win in history.

Obviously it was a fairly even money fight going in so it can't rank with Buster Douglas vs Tyson, for shock value.

But 'The fight of the century' was one of the biggest sporting/media events ever. It is right that Joe is given that accolade..........

Louis vs Schmelling 2 was a close second for me.

11-09-2011, 12:03 PM
Frazier-Ali I is the biggest and greatest sporting event in history.....and Joe won it. So, it's certainly up there.

But, if you're looking at a big fight where the win and performance solidified a fighter's greatness....I'd go with Duran-Leonard I or Ali-Foreman.

11-09-2011, 12:11 PM
Schmeling - Louis I has to be up there.

11-09-2011, 12:29 PM
Fine choices.

Poll options so far:

Frazier-Ali I
Lamotta-Robinson II
Duran-Leonard I
Louis-Schmeling II

I think Johnson over Jeffries deserves a slot as well.

Terry A
11-09-2011, 12:49 PM
In order, I would have....

Ali beating Foreman......(Foreman had beat Frazier & Norton, both of who beat Ali. It looked to be an impossible task)

Duran beating Leonard.....(I was SO happy when Duran beat Ray Leonard)

Frazier beating Ali....(This was the fight that got me interested in boxing in the 1st place)

Joe Louis vs Schmeling 2....(If Joe would have lost this one, he wouldn't be the legend he still is today)

11-09-2011, 12:55 PM
As far as odds go, I hate to mention the obvious 42-1 underdog...

11-09-2011, 01:00 PM
As far as odds go, I hate to mention the obvious 42-1 underdog...
It was already mentioned by Sugarj. The win looked greater at the time than it does now though, but yeah. That was a great win by Douglas.

11-09-2011, 01:10 PM
Poll added.

11-09-2011, 01:12 PM
Sam Langford vs Joe Gans.

11-09-2011, 01:27 PM
Frazier's win over Ali was up there. Both were the undisputed, undefeated heavyweight champions in a super bout that the whole world watched.

11-09-2011, 02:25 PM
People are rating Louis win against Schmeling over Schmeling's win against Louis ?. What.

Sammy Angott over Pep is one I rarely see come up.

11-09-2011, 03:56 PM
People are rating Louis win against Schmeling over Schmeling's win against Louis ?. What.

Sammy Angott over Pep is one I rarely see come up.
In terms of significance and global attention it was but I can see where you are coming from. Great win for Schmeling that proved he was the best of champs between Tunney and Louis.

Kid McCoy
11-09-2011, 04:21 PM
How about Randy Turpin beating Sugar Ray Robinson? As a complete outsider he beat arguably the greatest fighter ever, in his prime and undefeated in eight years and 90+ bouts.

11-09-2011, 05:40 PM
Ali beating Foreman might beat it, because it was a rather large event as well AND Ali was a big underdog.

But being a part of one of if not THE biggest sporting event ever, and winning, certainly qualifies.

11-10-2011, 07:54 AM
Joe beat the closest thing to a prime Ali, enough said.

11-10-2011, 01:17 PM
Duran-Leonard 1 for me. FOTC is going to be a popular pick for obvious reasons, but I genuinely think that that win turned Duran from a great lightweight champion to a shoe-in top 10 ATG.

11-10-2011, 01:57 PM
I think Ali-Foreman is the most iconic, but Johnson-Jeffries had the largest impact.

11-10-2011, 02:10 PM
there is no such thing as a ''boxing best win''

with that said, I believe the most impressive wins in the history are the ones unexpected where the underdog comes out on top over great foes

Great John L
11-11-2011, 04:45 PM
For me, it'll always be Louis beating Schmeling in the second fight. The USA's representative won over Nazi Germany. Everybody stopped and listened to that fight, and when Joe won, there were parties all over the country. The patriotism and love felt for Joe Louis always moved me. It's even more special since he was the first black champ since Johnson, and people still loved him.