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  • Matt

    Nice list, You did a good job on it ^_^.

  • Ramsey

    Nice list but what about Tyson's ear bite?

  • tommywri

    I agree….I think an ear bite in a heavyweight fight deserves consideration

  • ron

    this is a very good list

    there's a LOT that should be on the list, but this is exactly perfect

    good job!

  • Andre

    Gene Fullmer and Benny Paret was one of the worst, the referee let a guy who couldn't defend himself basically get beaten to death

    • ericrearden

      Gene Fullmer did not kill Paret. Emile Griffith killed Paret in a fight the referee should have stopped. Paret was unconscious hung up on the ropes as Griffith pummeled him. Griffith should have been suspended for beating a man who was defenseless and unconscious.

      • Sircal

        griffith had planned to kill paret in the ring because paret called him a “emericon”. and griffith was a in the closet homosexual at the time and a gay fighters career could be over if word ever gets out

  • ESP83

    I am surprised i didnt see the Oliver Mcall Lenix Lewisheavy weight championship match where mid fight mcall started bawling like a baby because he was fiending so hard for a hit of crack… it was pretty bad.

  • Ivankov01

    Great List, and Great Site!

  • Great article! Really enjoyed it.

  • AJC

    What about the hideously jaded decision against lennox lewis when he was handed a draw to holyfield because the judges operated on nationalistic bias?

    • h

      That fight was a draw. They scored it right.

      • Dobie Gillis

        No. No remotely unless you are a Holy hugger. I’m a huge fan of Holy and he won maybe two rounds at best. If you are going to be clueless, why not speak on the second fight. Holy arguably won that. He was not even in the “came in third” in a two man fight on that but tell yourself anything…H

  • Luis

    I like the list, but you do need the Tyson ear bite for sure, that was just a disgrace… #6 though, it wasn't that bad. I remember seeing that one live and Taylor was out on his feet, the guy was holding onto the ropes until steele removed it, and he wouldn't answer until Steele was removing the mouth piece… was it a bad call, yeah, but not one of the worse moments. If Steele would have jumped in between them and called off the fight that would be bad, but Taylor got hit pretty hard…. regardless of the time left, the guy was in no condition to stand let alone continue to fight… And he did give him a chance, he could have called it when he was stumbling to get back up….

  • P Smith

    Quit whining about the US getting screwed in Korea. The US screwed over Korean boxers in the 1984 olympics, part of the US’s concerted and corrupt efforts to break the USSR’s record of 80 gold medals in the 1980 games.

    The US “won” 83 in 1984, but would not have broken the Soviet record if there weren’t rigged judging in several events, including boxing, gymnastics and synchronized swimming, among others.

    And let’s not forget the fact that Carl Lewis was always dirty. His records should have been stricken and gold medals returned, just like Marion Jones.

    “Carl Lewis’s positive test covered up”

    The US wouldn’t have had anywhere near 80 medals without all the cheating.


  • BigStereotype

    It’s funny that you have Chavez’s miracle comeback as one of the worst moments – I have it as one of the best. Steele made the right call. It sucks for Taylor – he turned in a masterful performance, but you have to look at it like a referee. He doesn’t know how much time is left. He sees Taylor in bad, bad shape and taking a vicious pounding for three rounds. Chavez was being outlanded, but he did a LOT of damage during that fight. Taylor’s ribs were broken, his orbital was fractured, he had swallowed a PINT of his own blood and that’s all that was coming out the other end: Flip Pomanski (the Nevada State Doctor who examined him) said that he was urinating pure blood. Does that sound like someone who deserves to take more punishment? If the fight had been ten years earlier and it had been a 15 rounder, nobody would have questioned the stoppage.

    • Josean

      If there were 2 seconds left in the round, there’s a bell that sounds 10 seconds BEFORE the round ends, the referee must have known the round was about to end, just saying. Great list, great site.

      • Luis

        Josean, very true. plus the red light goes off above the corner turnbuckle, but regardless. two seconds means a punch can be thrown and Tayler was in no condition to receive another one. Google him and see what i mean. he can barely talk. The real crazy part of that fight is that his corner was telling him he was behind, so that’s why he went toe to toe. he should have fought like he was winning and force Chavez to work hard for the KO. But it was an amazing fight and this is a good list.

        McCall vs Lewis should be on there, you are right ESP83

        • Chad

          If you are receiving an email notification for this reply 4 years after, I apologize. I agree. Meldrick Taylor is in very bad condition. As much as I dislike Richard Steele, he made the right call of ignoring the time and stopping the fight. It should not matter what time is on the clock, if the fighter cannot continue, it should be stopped. To me it was clear Taylor did not respond when Steele asked if he was “okay.” I think people who think Taylor got robbed should actually argue that he was in condition to fight, not that he could hold on for two more seconds. If Chavez had been able to land a punch in those crucial two seconds, it might have ended Taylor’s life. As you noted yourself, his neurological condition is very bad, but I think that’s still a better life than no life at all. I agree with you. I wish Taylor could have finished the fight, especially seeing what the cost was to his health. He could not do so safely, therefore the stoppage should have happened.

  • Scott Mallon

    Some of these belong in the list, some do not.

    First – Sonny Liston and the Mob? An obvious fix? While you and some others may believe this, watch the video in slow motion. Was it a fix – who can be sure. But one thing is certain – the video doesn’t lie and it sure looks like he got clipped. Liston was in poor shape for that bout and him getting KO’d by one shot doesn’t surprise me. It was a poor moment for the sport simply because it didn’t live up to expectations but calling it an obvious fix is over the top.

    Second – Calling Richard Steele corrupt is also far too strong and you might want to watch what you write. Some may deem what you wrote as libelous. Steele may not have been focusing on the red light in the corner as Chavez was dishing out a beating prior to the knockdown. Also, I saw Taylor in Palm Springs before his rematch with Chavez and spoke to him about the fight. He admitted he didn’t know how he managed to last as long as he did and he was in serious trouble. He didn’t do well in the rematch and for what it’s worth, he looked worn out and slow when I saw him. He was already slurring his words by this point and it was difficult for me to understand him. He took a beating in that fight – few people focus on this. So…corrupt, no. Unfortunate the fight didn’t last another two seconds? Perhaps.

    Third – there are so many bad moments in the sport that a top ten list is always going to be lacking. For instance, you put the Doo Koo Kim fight in the list. What about Benny Paret or any of the other high-profile deaths in the ring?

    The actions of Panama Lewis were deplorable for sure and belong in the list. They were a stain on boxing and affected the lives of many people.

    • Dobie G

      Finally someone gets it. Good post Scott. The writer knows nothing if he think Liston didn’t get hit. Did he get a KO punch? Not sure but to say it didn’t land makes pretty much all this crap…which it was.

      He speaks on the death of boxing yet he mentions things in the golden years of the sport that did not hurt it one bit. James Butler is not even known except to hardcore fans.

      To mention Don King and leave out Arum is comical too. Both are corrupt but honestly, if this writer has ever been to a fight (me, about 150 live events) he’d know a King card kills any Arum, in fight fix fest. Arum recently allowed his fighter Chavez Jr. not get tested TWICE IN A ROW in the most corrupt boxing state, Texas. The same Chavez who was suspended for a masking agent on PED’s using diuretics.

      The sport is a mess but always has. It still outdraws MMA (which I love too) and the highest paid athlete in the world is Floyd Mayweather.

      Nice try but if you are going to make a list do this…

      Tyson bites an ear
      Ali gets stripped of his title without due process
      Gatti nearly kills Gamache while the weigh in was rigged
      Joe Louis gets ripped off by his manager and stuck with taxes while the government takes advantage of him
      Arum and Oscar polarize boxing by keeping their fighters away from the others.
      The lack of a WORLD commission. A national would be useless in Europe and fighters would not fight here meaning a monopoly of belts via countries/continents.
      Mismatches with guys way beyond done. A guy coming off three KO losses should not be fighting a prospect 13-0 with 9 ko’s.

      I can go on but unlike the writer, I know the sport.

    • Chad

      I agree about Liston. It was not “obvious” to me either.

      I think calling Steele corrupt is a bit of sensationalism. Over 150 title bouts referred and I can only think of two “controversial” stoppage, with the Taylor/Chavez one being a good call in my book.

      Your statement comparing boxing to mma is spot on. I was a huge fan of mma in it’s early days before Zuffa/Dana White gobbled up Pride. I think the fenced in octagon that is often used as a weapon against some opponents is far too gimmicky to be taken seriously as a sport. Those fighters are talented and great to watch, and while the support has enjoyed more and more success as time goes by, it will always be gimmicky.

      Your list is also better than this articles.

  • TheFixIsIn

    Chavez-Taylor was a GREAT event for Boxing. You don’t have your facts straight. Taylor was a Jr.Welter, not a welter. Had Taylor been able to continue he would’ve won a split decision,not a unanimous decision. HBO claimed that Taylor was “dominating” the fight,but with a trained eye one can see a completely different,much closer,fight transpiring. Also, it isn’t Steele’s job to know how much time is remaining in the round. His #1 priority is the safety of the fighters. Even if Steele had known there were only 2 seconds left, he couldn’t let it continue for that reason only because then it’d be unfair to Chavez, and show favoritism. Steele had already allowed Taylor to hit Chavez with an ungodly amount of low blows without penalty. The perception is that Steele did something shady. The reality is that Steele did his job and acted reasonably and unbiasedly.

    • Chad

      You are right, Steele should not have made his decision on the hope that Taylor might last 2 more seconds. If a fighter cannot continue, the fight should be stopped. I always thought the Tyson/Ruddock stoppage by Steele was more controversial.

  • Joe Ballano

    AYFKM?? The simple fact that Liston’s head “rumbles” after Ali’s punch, as shown IN YOUR OWN VIDEO is proof Ali hammered him. I don’t care what you write or how you make a living, just don’t be so blatantly stupid…makes you look bad….:)

  • Lindy Lindell

    Comments about the Liston-Ali II fight as well as Chavez-Taylor fights have been made by people writing in who are more astute than writer Cabrera. But where does he get the idea that the Schmeling-Thomas scrap in 1937 was “fixed”? It isn’t mentioned in the 20 biographies published on Joe Louis, so where?

  • chris thomas

    Liston took a dive vs Ali that’s a fact, Liston would have cut him down very sad moments for boxing,