The Most Famous Boxing Match: Determining the Ultimate Showdown

Choose the fight you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Jun 16, 2023 10:18 (Updated on Nov 30, 2023 10:42)
Welcome to StrawPoll, the ultimate destination for avid boxing enthusiasts and casual fans alike! We are proud to present our latest and greatest ranking, "Who is the most famous boxing match?" This exhilarating showdown of iconic bouts will have you on the edge of your seat as you vote for your all-time favorite or even suggest a missing option. From legendary rivalries to nail-biting upsets, our comprehensive list covers a wide array of unforgettable moments in boxing history. So, step into the ring and join the excitement as you help us determine the ultimate champion of boxing's most famous match. Cast your vote now and be part of this thrilling journey through the annals of pugilistic glory!

Who Is the Most Famous Boxing Match?

  1. 1
    Known as the "Fight of the Century," this match pitted two undefeated heavyweight champions against each other. The hype leading up to the fight was unprecedented, and the actual bout lived up to expectations. Frazier won by unanimous decision in 15 rounds.
  2. 2
    Dubbed the "Rumble in the Jungle," this fight took place in Kinshasa, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo). Ali was considered an underdog going into the bout, but he utilized his "rope-a-dope" strategy to tire out Foreman and win by knockout in the eighth round.
  3. 3
    This rematch between Louis and Schmeling was highly anticipated, as Schmeling had defeated Louis in their first fight two years earlier. The rematch was seen as a symbol of American pride vs. Nazi Germany, and Louis won by knockout in the first round.
  4. 4
    This welterweight title fight was a classic matchup of speed vs. power. Leonard won by TKO in the 14th round, in a fight that many consider to be one of the greatest of all time.
  5. 5
    Tyson was considered unbeatable going into this fight, but Douglas shocked the world by knocking him out in the 10th round. The upset is considered one of the biggest in boxing history.
  6. 6
    In their first fight, Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) had upset Liston to win the heavyweight title. In the rematch, Ali knocked Liston out in the first round with his famous "phantom punch."
  7. 7
    This middleweight title fight is considered by many to be the greatest three rounds in boxing history. Hagler won by TKO in the third round, in a fight that featured non-stop action from start to finish.
  8. 8
    In their first fight, Holyfield had upset Tyson to win the heavyweight title. In the rematch, Tyson was disqualified in the third round for biting off a piece of Holyfield's ear. The bite is one of the most infamous moments in boxing history.
  9. 9
    This fight had been years in the making, and was billed as the "Fight of the Century" similar to Ali-Frazier. Mayweather won by unanimous decision in a fight that was criticized for being boring and lacking action.
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    In their first fight, Marciano had won the heavyweight title by knocking out Walcott in the 13th round. In the rematch, Walcott knocked Marciano down in the first round, but Marciano came back to win by knockout in the first round.

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Ranking factors for famous boxing match

  1. Historical significance
    Some matches are more important than others because they marked a turning point or had a major impact on the sport of boxing.
  2. Level of competition
    Matches featuring two highly skilled boxers who were evenly matched are more likely to be remembered and celebrated than those where one fighter clearly dominated.
  3. Drama and excitement
    Matches that were particularly thrilling, with lots of back and forth action and dramatic moments, are more likely to be considered great matches.
  4. Impact on popular culture
    Some matches have become famous beyond the world of boxing and have had an impact on popular culture as a whole.
  5. Legacy and lasting impact
    Finally, matches that had a lasting impact on the fighters involved, as well as on the sport of boxing more broadly, are more likely to be considered great matches.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous boxing match. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or fight is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!


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Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each fight once every 24 hours. The rank of each fight is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most famous boxing match

Boxing has been a popular sport for centuries, and with it comes some of the most iconic and memorable matches in history. From the legendary "Thrilla in Manila" between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier to the historic "Fight of the Century" between Ali and George Foreman, there have been many famous boxing matches throughout the years. But what truly makes a boxing match famous? Is it the skill and talent of the fighters, the hype and anticipation leading up to the fight, or the historical significance of the bout? Whatever the reason, these matches have left a lasting impact on the world of boxing and continue to be remembered and celebrated by fans around the globe.

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