BoxNation viewers will see a potential thrilling rematch on Friday when Gilberto Ramirez defends his WBO Super-Middleweight Title against Jesse Hart at Corpus Christi, Texas.
Ramirez (38-0, 25 KOs) won a close unanimous decision when they met in September 2017 and Hart (25-1, 21 KOs) claims it would have been a different result had he not been dropped in round two.
Everybody has their own favourite rematches whether they were the greatest or ones that they just might love. BoxNation pundit Steve Lillis recollects his five personal best:
5. MIKKEL KESSLER v CARL FROCH II
May 2013 - Froch won points
It might not make many lists, but for sheer pride between two cave man warriors it takes some beating. Kessler had won their first epic three years earlier, but looked set for defeat. The Dane rallied brilliantly from round eight in what was his last fighting stand. Although Froch seemed ahead he made sure with a stunning 12th round at London’s O2 Arena in their super-middleweight unification.
4. BOBBY CHACON v BAZOOKA LIMON IIII
Dec 1982 - Chacon won points
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Their rivalry was one of the fiercest in boxing history and it showed in their four fights, I was slow off the mark and caught on after Chacon had lost his WBC super-featherweight title to London based Ugandan Cornelius Boza Edwards. Limon then won that belt from Filipino Rolando Navarrete who upset Edwards and this was their only clash with a world title on the line. The first three battles ended in a win for each man and a technical draw. The action was furious and going into round 15 it was impossible to split them. With a few seconds to go Limon was dropped by a right hand and although he got up that moment swung the decision Chacon’s way.
3. EVANDER HOLYFIELD v RIDDICK BOWE II
Nov 1993 - Holyfield won points
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The tenth round of their first fight which Bowe won on points produced my favourite three minutes ever in boxing, but this was brutal and bananas famous for a ‘fan man’ landing in the ring on a para-glider at Caesars Palace 15000 capacity outdoor arena in round seven. Holyfield was brilliant and held off a late rally to take a wafer thin majority decision.
2. MICKEY WARD v ARTURO GATTI III
June 2003 - Gatti won points
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After both winning a war in two previous meetings it was impossible to think the trilogy fight wouldn't reproduce, and it equalled many of the previous 20 rounds of brutality. Gatti was on top, but in round six was dropped heavily. Incredibly he hung on and took the verdict before both men ended up in hospital due to injuries. The 30 rounds they produced over a 13 month rivalry were on another level.
1. MUHAMMAD ALI v JOE FRAZIER III
Oct 1975 - Ali won RTD 14
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Both are heavyweight legends, and Ali ‘The Greatest,' but their three fights took the division into the stratosphere. The rubber match dubbed ‘The Thrilla in Manila’ was a brutal war of attrition that ended when Frazier’s trainer Eddie Futch refused to let his man out for the 15th round when his body was broken and both eyes closed. There cannot be a boxing fan who hasn’t watched this extraordinary contest.
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