5. Joe Louis vs. Jersey Joe Walcott I (1947)
Jersey Joe knocked the champ down once in the 1st round and again in the 4th but would lose a close split decision to Louis. The outcry from the public and the press forced a 2nd fight that Walcott controlled most of the fight until getting knocked out by Louis in the 11th round of the rematch.
In a decision that most at ringside had at 8-4 or 9-3 Whitaker, the boxing world was shocked when the fight was ruled a draw. Sports Illustrated even put the fight on the cover with the simple heading “Robbed!” Chavez would fight 29 more fights in his pro career but the boxing world would not get their rematch.
3. Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Meldrick Taylor I (1990)
The fact that the greatest Mexican fighter ever ends up on my list twice doesn’t mean I discount his career. He is one of the best. He has just been involved in some tarnished fights. Known as the fight of the year and fight of the 90’s, the first battle between Taylor and Chavez will go down as the fight Richard Steele gave Chavez. Taylor was ahead on all ringside cards and had the fight won by most observers before he was knocked down by Chavez in the 12th and final round. Taylor was off the mat by the time Steele counted 6 but Steele did not like the way Taylor responded to commands and stopped the fight with 2 seconds left. Check it out for yourself.
2. Pacquiao vs. Bradley (2012)
This one should be fresh on your minds but here is my bit on it from Sunday. Bradley Defeats Pacquiao: Jumbo’s Thoughts On The Fight
In the gold medal bout at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Roy Jones Jr. beat the South Korean fighter easily in all 3 rounds and never had the fight in doubt. But after the 3 rounds the fight was awarded to Si-Hun in a 3-2 decision. The outrage was immediate as Park and the ref apologized to Jones for the outcome. Jones took off the silver medal immediately after it was put on him and he has never accepted it. The 3 judges were suspended and the olympic scoring system was retooled because of this fight.