Sixty Years of Excitement

By Ted Sares on April 10, 2013
Sixty Years of Excitement
Gatti would gladly absorb two or three punches to land one of his own. (Mike Orduña)

One short definition is that excitement has something to do with provoking, arousing, or stirring up one’s emotions or feelings…

Exciting means different things to different people and that’s especially so when it comes to the business of boxing. One short definition is that excitement has something to do with provoking, arousing, or stirring up one’s emotions or feelings. For me, it’s at least a mix of these things plus expecting the unexpected, a back-from-the-precipice scenario, and sometimes some redemption that arouses a pleasurable or positive anticipation. When someone says the atmosphere is electric, that’s all about a positive anticipation. When someone says there is a buzz in the air (as was the case with Rios vs. Alvarado), that too is about excitement. Many reacted to the Pacquiao-Bradley decision with rage. Again, that was excitement, albeit a different kind.

Within this context, I have listed some exciting fighters in alphabetical order. I only track to 1945, or in this instance 1950, whenever I do this kind of research because, rightly or wrongly, I follow a practice of only writing about fighters I have actually witnessed or boxing-related-incidents that occurred within the historical context in which I lived. However, I fully acknowledge that such approach is subject to valid criticism.

Nigel “Dark Destroyer” Benn (1987-1996)

Benn (42-5-1) did his fearsome and ferocious work from 1987 to 1996; He was first and foremost a warrior in the true sense of the word. As soon as the bell rang, he would go all-out risking his own well-being to render havoc on an opponent, and in many instances, the price paid was terribly high. Benn went 0-1-1 with Chris “Simply the Best” Eubank with their savage draw in 1993—a fight that was England’s answer to Hagler-Hearns—being fought in front of 42,000 wild fans. Benn’s fight with Anthony Logan in 1988 was a classic. Nigel was floored in the first round and on the receiving end of a 22-punch flurry in the second, but pulled it out with a left hook from hell to knock out Logan

Of course, the Benn-McClellan tragedy continues to haunt. While it personified excitement, it also involved something else in which both men suffered horribly. McClellan severely crippled and blinded from the damage he sustained. Benn “haunted for years by the sorrow that seeped into his soul before he found peace in God.” (Kevin Mitchell).

Tony DeMarco (1948-1962)

This hardscrabble slugger won 29 of his first 32 fights before dropping two decisions in a row in Quebec, Canada. Regrouping, he then went undefeated in his next seventeen, and on April 1, 1955, he won the World Welterweight Title by slaughtering the great Johnny Saxton in the fourteenth round before a full house at the Boston Garden. DeMarco, a fan-friendly brawler type, fought and beat many top notch opponents such as Chico Vejar (63-4-1), George Araujo (52-5-1), Johnny Cesario (85-12-4), Carlos Chavez (61-24-9), Gaspar Ortega (40-6-1),Teddy “Red Top” Davis (56-49-5), Christian “Gentleman Chris” Christensen (26-4-2), Paddy DeMarco (65-10-2), Terry Young (70-27-5), and Jackie O’Brien (47-4-5), Wallace Bud Smith (31-13-6), George Monroe (48-17-4), Arthur Persley (50-7-2),and Don Jordan (51-20). He also fought to a draw with Jimmy Carter (72-17-8) in 1955.

Like Bobby Chacon who owned the arenas in L.A., DeMarco owned the Boston Garden—his fights consistently sold out, breaking attendance records in the process. He had a rare connection with the fans—full of charisma and electricity. And like Jake LaMotta and Rocky Marciano (both of whom were his close friends), he was a ruthless, menacing stalker who walked down his foes like a hunter quickly closing in on his prey. Each punch was thrown with malice aforethought and was designed to end the fight.

He was pure 1950s through and through and toiled through the entire decade. Nobody who witnessed, in person or on TV, the two 1955 Basilio-DeMarco Wars will ever forget the unique savagery of those fights. In between these two classics, DeMarco KO’d Chico Vejar in the first round.

The second Basilio war was the Ring Magazine 1955 Fight of the Year, but the first one was almost exciting as both featured come-from-behind wins by the “The Upstate Onion Farmer.” Ironically DeMarco is best remembered for two all-time great fights in which he was the loser.

Arturo “Thunder” Gatti (1991-2007)

What made him special? He was charismatic to be sure, but more to the point, he was an all-out action fighter who possessed tremendous recuperative powers in the ring, and was known throughout his career for having a unique connection with his adoring fans. In this regard, as soon as the crowd spotted “Thunder” with his old school-style white robe, they would start the spine-tingling roar that would follow him into the ring.

Maybe it was his propensity to take it to the brink each and every time out—to lay it all on the line. Gatti participated in The Ring’s Fight of the Year an astounding four times (1997, 1998, 2002, and 2003). Arturo fought them all running up a 40-9 record. He met Leonard Dorin (22-0-1), Thomas Damgaard (37-0), Gianluca Branco (32-01)), and Joe Hutchinson (18-0-2). He also fought the likes of Wilson Rodriguez, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Gabriel Ruelas, Angel Manfredy, Joey Gamache, Ivan Robinson (twice), Jesse James Leija, Tracy Harris Patterson (twice), Irish Micky Ward in the great trilogy, and Calvin Grove. In so doing, he demonstrated tremendous and immense heart and was a ceaseless oncoming warrior who would gladly absorb two or three punches just for the opportunity of landing one.

In the end, only one enjoys the ultimate compliment of having another warrior being referred to as “Gatti before Gatti.”

Michael Katsidis (2001-2012)

Michael “The Great” Katsidis was a Gatti-type, but simply took too much punishment for his own good. In the Juan Manuel Marquez fight, the two fought with an intensity reminiscent of warriors from a different time— warriors who defined fury. Men like Corrales, Ward, Julian Letterlough, Tyson, Benn, and before them, DeMarco and Basilio, and back even further, Zale and Graziano. That kind of special “leave it all in the ring” style seems to have become the exception rather than the rule. Israel Vasquez and Rafael Marquez showed it in their first three fights. Many Japanese fighters have exhibited it at the lower weights.

Over the years, few fighters have gone up against such a high level of opposition. Michael’s opponents have included Graham Earl in a true classic and Filipino Czar Amonsot in another barnburner. In his last five, he fought two Mexicans, an Englishman (Ricky Burns), a Ghanaian (Albert Mensah), and an American (Robert Guerrero) and each was teak tough except for Michael Lozada (38-8-1). Perhaps his high point in these fights was when he decked the great Marquez in round three before being brutally counterpunched into submission.

However, the fact that he has fought such notables coupled with his style of absorbing punishment in order to mete out the same took a heavy toll. “The Great” has been forced to call it a career, but he will not be forgotten.

Danny “Little Red” Lopez. (1971-1992)

Watching Danny “Little Red” Lopez (42-5) come up the aisle in the 1970s wearing an Indian headdress in honor of his Native American father (though he fought like a Mexican warrior, reflecting his mother’s heritage) bridged the gap between old school and new.

Lopez was “Mr. Excitement.” He was most dangerous if he had been hurt or decked—which was often. Soft-spoken and humble, he was ferocious and unrelenting once the bell rang. In an era in which fights were regularly seen free on non-cable television, he was one of the greatest of the television fighters and his name guaranteed big ratings. Danny was a volume puncher who worked to set up his knockout blow which he could deliver with either hand. His fights often turned into melodrama in which he overcame knockdowns, severe punishment, and adversity to score sudden and spectacular knockouts. In this regard, he was like Matthew Saad Muhammad. He was a “Gatti before Gatti.” He would get off the canvas and roar back. Turning predator, he would hunt down and take out his opponent in savage fashion. He was heavy-handed, which belied his skinny appearance, and if he connected flush, it usually spelled the end. In 1979, Lopez KO’d Mike Ayala in the 15th round in what was The Ring’s Fight of the Year.

After knocking out Chucho Castillo, Ruben Olivares, and Sean O’Grady (all champions at one time or another), he met David Kotey, 33-2-1, and captured the WBC featherweight title in 15 rounds in 1976 before more than 100,000 screaming Kotey fans in the Sports Stadium in Accra, Kaneshie, Ghana, a remarkable feat. He KO’d Kotey in a rematch. Here is what fellow writer Mike Casey had to say about Danny’s win over Kotey in a 2007 article titled, “Climate of Hunter: When Danny (Little Red) Lopez Conquered David Kotei in Africa.

“It was past midnight at the Accra Sports Stadium in Ghana, yet the temperature was still well into the eighties. A pulsating record crowd of more than 100,000 people only served to stoke the shimmering furnace. Tribal drums boomed and the people cheered as they waited for the arrival of their hero, WBC featherweight champion David ‘Poison’ Kotei… But Lopez was one of those exceptional men who could win wherever the plane set him down… Kotei launched a final flurry in the fifteenth, one last hurrah as his crown slipped from his head. It spoke volumes for his fortitude that he was still willing to trade punches with a man who specialised in toe-to-toe warfare. But the champion’s final fling could not match the power of Danny’s grandstand drive to the finish line. There were moments in those last minutes of battle when Kotei looked set to crumble in the face of the Lopez offensive, but the plucky champion survived to hear the final bell. “The decision for Lopez was unanimous and the stunned thousands in the Accra Sports Stadium were downcast over the sad fall of their hero. But Africa is a warrior nation and the new chieftain was saluted accordingly.”

As Lee Groves stated in a superb article on Everlast.com, “Little Red…was boxing’s ultimate thrill ride, a television fighter’s television fighter whose bouts stirred the passions of red-blooded boxing fans everywhere…when Danny Lopez fought, you knew what you were going to get…You were going to get excitement and that’s the way boxing is supposed to be. Lopez was willing to walk through any amount of punishment to get the job done because he had unwavering faith in his ability. More often than not, that faith was justified – all he had to do was look down at his fallen opponents for evidence.”

Watching Little Red fight reinforced my affinity for warriors of the 1950s and 1960s. He bridged the gap into a new era of fighting. If Saad was Gatti before Gatti, Lopez was Saad before Saad. Danny Lopez made work on Friday go by faster knowing you would see him fight on television on Saturday.

Ricardo “Pajarito” Moreno (1954-1967)

This featherweight, who won 19 of his first 20 by KO, fought 73 times and only five of those outings went the distance. He had 59 KOs and was KO’d eight times. Like fellow-Mexican bomber Jamie Garza, every time he entered the ring the crowd knew they would witness fireworks. His 1956 KO of Cuban Oscar Suarez signaled early on that he could pop. He affirmed this when he took out Pappy Gault (66-18-2) a month later. In fact, Moreno was ranked number 76 on The Ring‘s list of 100 All Time Greatest Punchers. His only victory that wasn’t a knockout was a disqualification victory.

Moreno fought for the featherweight title in 1958 against Hogan Kid Bassey in L.A. but was iced in the third round. After two quick KO wins, Moreno was again KOd in December 1958 by rugged Davey Moore at the Olympic Auditorium. After losing to Claudio Adame in 1961, Pajorito ran off 22 straight KO wins—most coming early—before he was KO’d twice in three months by Californian and former world champion Raul Rojas (also in L.A.). This exciting, though relatively unknown, knockout artist finished with an astounding KO percentage of almost 81 and that says it all.

Matthew Saad Muhammad (1974-1992)

He was the WBC light heavyweight champion and was another who was extremely popular and connected with his fans in a special way. His action-oriented style guaranteed that almost every fight would be a thriller in which he would come back from the precipice to put his opponent away. His rematch with another great fan-favorite, Yaqui Lopez, was one for the ages and The Ring’s 1980 Fight of the Year.

Matthew Saad Muhammad’s signature was his ability to absorb punishment and then mount drama-filled comebacks. Indeed, he was nicknamed “Miracle Matthew,” but in retrospect, he could well have been nicknamed “Gatti before Gatti” or” Little Red after Little Red.” He was another who was never in a dull fight; at least the Prime Saad. However, once he was stopped twice by Dwight Muhammad Qawi, he became fodder and sadly the excitement turned to something else.

For fans fortunate enough to have watched fights on Saturday and Sunday afternoons in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, the action provided by Matthew Saad Muhammad will never be forgotten. His final record was a deceptive 39-16-3 and that fact was acknowledged by his induction into the IBHOF.

Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor (1976-1990)

His final record was a superior 39-1 with 35 KOs. Not unlike others on this list, Pryor would frequently get off the canvas to knock out his opponents, and this only added greatly to the drama involved in his fights. His immense determination and uncommon stamina earned him the chance to fight legendary Colombian champion Antonio Cervantes in August of 1980. Pryor stopped Cervantes in four dominant rounds and his career took off. After a number of exciting wins, he fought and stopped Alexis Arguello in a classic ebb and flow battle in 1982. Ring Magazine called it both the Fight of the Year and the Fight of the Decade. He dispatched Arguello in their rematch. The Hawk defended his title as the junior welterweight champion eleven times before retiring in 1991.

The thing about Pryor and his excitement factor was his style. He would rush out at the bell and swarm his opponent with a frenetic whirlwind volley of shots to signal immediately who would dictate matters. He was a human hurricane in the manner of Henry Armstrong. His fight with undefeated Dujuan Johnson out of the Kronk Gym was a classic example of a Pryor fight. Johnson rushed out and dropped the Hawk with a big right hand. Johnson kept the pressure on and put Pryor in a deep hole, but the Hawk came back in round six and then took it to a gassing Johnson in the seventh and closed by hammering the late Detroit fighter with a volley of unanswered shots that forced the stoppage. Once again, Pryor’s stamina and ability to jump on a buzzed opponent and close matters did the trick. It was pure excitement; it was vintage Pryor.

As the WBA light welterweight champ from 1980-1983 and the IBF light welterweight champ from 1983-1985, Aaron Pryor established his place in boxing history. He was inducted into the IBHOF in 1996 and the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 2001. In December 1999, the Associated Press voted Pryor as the “Greatest Jr. Welterweight of the Century.”

Bob Satterfield (1945-1957)

With a glass jaw, questionable stamina (depending on how he trained), and paralyzing power in either hand, Bob Satterfield was the quintessential chill-or-be-chilled fighter. He was in every fight until the bell rang because he could wax his opponent at any time.

Historian Hank Kaplan, in describing the courage of Jake LaMotta, once said, “It is not every man’s kind of guts that will put you up close to Bob Satterfield’s brand of fireworks…” LaMotta later said Satterfield was one of the hardest punchers who ever lived.

What made Satterfield so exciting and a great fan favorite was that he would try to lure his opponents into punch-outs in which he would begin winging and then move inside, closing the gap and shortening up on his punches. However, he was not overly strategic and seldom had a contingency plan. This was dangerous for him, as he would tire badly if the fight went into the late rounds. Never known for great durability, he nevertheless had the “baddest” of intentions. He either got you, or you got him. Being hit by Satterfield was once reportedly described as being struck by electricity. His fights bring to mind the excitement generated by Danny “Little Red” Lopez, Julian “the Hawk” Jackson, Jaime Garza, Matthew Saad Muhammad, and Felix “Tito” Trinidad. Arguably, if he were fighting today, it would be sweet dreams for many of the heavyweights out there—and God forbid if he fought as a cruiserweight.

Perhaps the classic example of a Satterfield fight was in the Chicago Stadium in 1950 against mean and extremely dirty Lee Oma (62-26-3 coming in). Satterfield was floored for a nine-count in the fifth round and barely made it to his feet. Oma moved in for the kill, but Satterfield then suddenly dropped him with a right. Oma, still on the floor when the round ended, was saved by the bell. Satterfield then knocked him cold with a savage right in the next round that had the Stadium crowd oohing and aahhing. That was an indelible boxing memory. That was beautiful, the oohing and aahhing.

In 1950, Satterfield met another bomber, “Tampa Tommy” Gomez (75-8-2, 65 KOs), who had an astonishing KO percentage of 87 percent coming in. Gomez, a brutal hitter for his size of 5’10”, sustained a fractured rib in the first round but refused to give up. Satterfield scored four knockdowns; he decked Gomez for an eight-count in the first round, and twice in the seventh round, and again in the ninth for a count of nine. Gomez was out on his feet at the end of the seventh and ninth rounds but managed to last out the full ten rounds. This was a great display of courage on his part and brutal savagery on the part of Satterfield. War hero Gomez retired after losing the grueling UD.

Other Satterfield classics included his fights with Rex Layne, Johnny Summerlin, Warnell Lester, and Garvin Sawyer, but there were many others.

I always believed the Anton Raadik-Tommy Bell fight in 1946 was the first live one that I witnessed, but upon reflection it was Satterfield’s first-round KO of Art McWhorter in 1945 at the Marigold Gardens in Chicago. Art went down three times: first from a left hook, then a brutal flurry, and then another left hook finished him. And then I was hooked.

“Rapid Robert” made The Ring magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Punchers of All Time. He was 58 on the list.

Below is Boxing Illustrated’s 10 Hardest Punchers P4P of All Time.

1. Jimmy Wilde
2. Max Baer
3. Bob Fitzsimmons
4. George Chaney
5. Charles Ledoux
6. Bob Satterfield
7. Earnie Shavers
8. Joe Louis
9. Jack Dempsey
10. Sandy Saddler

Bob was scheduled to fight Wayne Bethea at the Chicago Stadium in January 1958 but was forced to retire due to a detached retina. He closed out his ring career with a decision over Howard “Honeyboy” King on November 21, 1957. His final tally was 50-25-4.

Much of Bob’s history during the time between his retirement and the time of his death remains unclear. Reportedly, Satterfield (a close friend of many well known jazz musicians and celebrities) moved to Paris and studied painting. In fact, he had been an art student at the Chicago Art Institute with LeRoy Neiman, whose first boxing subject was none other than Bob Satterfield. At some point, he returned to Chicago where he lived out his days.

Carl “The Cat” Thompson (1988-2005)

Manchester-born Carl Thompson won the IBO cruiserweight title by beating Sebastian Rothmann in a closet classic and then turned right around and stopped contender David Haye in still another great fight in which Haye was winning but gassed and allowed the cunning “Cat” to catch and claw him out. Back in 2001, The Cat lost to American Ezra Sellers in a fantastic slugfest. Prior to that one, Thompson had won the IBO cruiserweight title for the first time. He finished his career with six straight wins and will forever be adored by his fans as a humble but fierce warrior who participated in a number of true classics.

Reminiscent of the Norkus-Nardico classic, the Cat’s all-out Pier 6 with Sellers in 2001 involved six knockdowns (Thompson was knocked down four times, Sellers twice)! Sellers halted “The Cat” in the fourth round and ended a winning streak that had started after Thompson lost to Johnny Nelson in 1999. Thompson had been decked many times before, but he’d always gotten up. Against Ezra, he was separated from his senses and sent to Feline Dreamland. This fight reliably demonstrated what can happen when two chill-or-be-chilled types face off.

It was truly a shame that Carl (34-6) flew under the radar of American boxing writers and fans. In many ways, his exploits were just as noteworthy as those of Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank, or Allen Minter. Maybe it was because he fought as a cruiserweight (a lower profile weight division) but it’s more likely because he never fought outside of Europe.

Mike Tyson (1985-2005)

When one looks at Tyson in terms of excitement, it is necessary to compartmentalize because of the many facets and dimensions of his life. Even in the ring, there was the guy who tried to break Frans Botha’s arm but who then picked up a KO’d Botha in a show of sportsmanship and respect You just never really knew which Tyson would show up after the Buster Douglas upset.

However, early on it was not if, it was when. Thing was, “Iron Mike” (50-6) always electrified the fans and before the Spinks fight in 1988, the buzz was palpable. The fans were screaming before the bell rang; they could feel it—they knew something special was going to happen. His early KOs are still shown as highlight reels. Some must be seen to be believed. Mike’s fearsome persona (with his menacing stare) intimidated many opponents even before the bell rang. His concussive strength generated by blinding hand speed and timing ended matters early and decisively. It was almost high camp.

A prime Tyson was the ultimate killing machine and the fans loved him as much as the Romans loved their gladiators. In short, Mike Tyson was the last exciting heavyweight.

A 1998 ranking of “The Greatest Heavyweights of All-Time” by The Ring placed Tyson at No.14 on the list

Honorable Mention

Carmen “The Onion Farmer” Basilio
Bobby “Schoolboy” Chacon
Frank “The Animal” Fletcher
Wilfredo “Bazooka” Gomez
Rocky Graziano
Soo Hwan Hong
“Jesse” James Hughes
Jeff “Marrickville Mauler” Fenech
Sugar Ray Leonard
Julian “MR KO” Letterlough
Ruben “El Púas” Olivares
Manny Pacquiao
Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios
Earnie “Black Destroyer” Shavers
Edwin “Dinamita” Valero
“Irish” Micky Ward
Carlos “Caña” Zarate

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  1. Ted 10:40am, 04/12/2013

    French, Way before my time research-wise.

    http://boxrec.com/media/index.php/Charles_Ledoux

    http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=017961&cat=boxer

  2. Don from Prov 10:13am, 04/12/2013

    Who is Charles Ledoux?

  3. Ted 03:32pm, 04/11/2013

    rax, Michael never came clean on his condition as far as I know, If it has to do with the brain and he comes back, he will end up on a one way street in Palookaville.

  4. raxman 02:54pm, 04/11/2013

    Ted - yeah but technically burns is a scot -so as far as i’m concerned the run wasn’t ended. he shouldn’t have been fighting back to back top level opponents; after jmm he should’ve taken a fight or two with light handed fighters - lets hope he has managed his money well and doesn’t have to try anything stupid like a 2019 come back fighting in china.

  5. Ted 12:07pm, 04/11/2013

    Rax, I agree . The Kat looked like he was ready to become a Pom Killer, but Burns ruined the show. Lots of thrills along the way, though, but at a steep cost.

  6. Tex Hassler 11:00pm, 04/10/2013

    I do not know what can be done to get Tony DeMarco in the Hall of Fame but he has earned it many times over. He was a great fighter and many boxing people in Texas know that besides the fine folks in Boston.  DeMarco was the real deal long before Evander came along. It is a crime that DeMarco has not been put in the Hall of Fame.

  7. raxman 09:23pm, 04/10/2013

    I think katsidis finest moment was his 3 round demolition of kevin Mitchell then undefeated at 31-0. I always wished that post JMM kat had just headed back the UK and fought john murray and in doing so get himself a hat-trick of earl, mitchell and murray.
    Russell mora will always win my biggest asshole in boxing award for what I see as costing katsidis a ko win over guerrero. after getting his ass kicked for 7rounds katsidis went to the body of the ghost in the 8th and was just about cutting him in half with body shots. the incorrect deduction of points for low blows (belt line shots to anyone with eyesight) was irrelevant but the effect (affect?) of the penalty was to stop kat going to the body. there is no way guerrero survives rounds 8-12 of constant kat body work

  8. Ted 04:51pm, 04/10/2013

    My pleasure John

  9. john coiley 03:05pm, 04/10/2013

    great piece, Ted…an amazing amount of talent you allude to…it’s fun, I find it to be so when I can recall the names, the styles, the history of so many great fighters you proclaim…thanks for the flashback, in the literal sense, thank you…

  10. Ted 01:11pm, 04/10/2013

    Tex, among Boston boxing people, the DeMarco issue has been a hot topic. Some have even boycotted thewHall over it.

    Danny’s brother “Indian Red” was a solid fighter in his own right who twice fought for the world welterweight boxing title, losing title bouts to José Nápoles in 1970 and 1973.

    Towards the end he became a wanderer and missing person but was then rediscovered and inducted into the Cali Boxing Hall of Fame in 2004. He died of dementia in 2009 at age 64.

    His strange and very sad life deserves consideration for a book.

     

  11. Tex Hassler 12:31pm, 04/10/2013

    This is a great article about a great subject, in other words a win - win situation for those who read it. Danny “Little Red” Lopez was one fighter who looked harmless, yet could KO a man with one punch. All his fights were exciting. Years ago I watched a number of them. His brother was a good 147 pound fighter. If Tony DeMarco is not in the hall of fame he certainly should be. Tony never gave less than 100 percent and he could fight.

  12. Ted 11:53am, 04/10/2013

    Thank you, Eric

  13. Eric Jorgensen 10:49am, 04/10/2013

    Great article!  Brought back some wonderful memories, especially of Little Red and Miracle Matthew.

  14. Ted 07:02am, 04/10/2013

    Hmm. I need to think about that. Yours looks good, but after Satterfield, I’d go with Saad, Lopez, Gatti and then it gets pretty tough. I’ll do the others later.

    I’m off to Canada soon to see if I can fix my eyes so I don’t make so many typos.

  15. pugknows 06:47am, 04/10/2013

    How about ranking them, Ted? I have Saad first, Gatti second, Lopez third, Katsidis fourth and Pryor fifth. How about you?

  16. Ted 06:28am, 04/10/2013

    dollarbond aka Billy, that would be Satterfield without any hesitation. I have always favored the chill-or-be-chiiled types for pure excitement. Tommy Morrison would have neen another like this.

  17. dollarbond 06:22am, 04/10/2013

    Ted, who is your favorite on this list in terms of being the most exciting?

  18. YouTube Man 06:19am, 04/10/2013

    Here is one that must be seen to be believed. It’s The Cat against Ezra Sellers:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWC7aJUa52w

  19. Ted 04:25am, 04/10/2013

    BTW, That’s a great image that Robert has put up.

  20. Ted 04:21am, 04/10/2013

    Lee, no problem. I take the correction.

  21. Lee Jakeman 03:48am, 04/10/2013

    ...Oh and by the way, I don’t think Ricky Burns and his many rabid fans north of the border would take too kindly to him being called an sassenach! Just saying…

  22. Lee 03:44am, 04/10/2013

    Sorry to be a pedant Ted but it was of course the first encounter between Eubank and Benn that thrilled and elicited comparisons with Hagler-Hearns. The rematch was the draw and something of a damp squib by comparison. Other than that a commendable list and nice to see some love being shown to my own personal favourite The Cat Thompson. Truly the man seemed to have nine fistic lives almost every time he fought!

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