VA
  • TGT on YouTube
  • About TGT
  • The TGT Team
  • How TGT rates
  • Responsible Gambling Advice
  • Contact Our Team
  • Writers Wanted
  • Content Disclaimer
  • Affiliate Disclosure
Contains commercial content
Billboard Left
Billboard Left
The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Top 10 Fights That Didn’t Live Up to the Hype

Top 10 Fights That Didn’t Live Up to the Hype

Fights that didn't live up to the hype!
Publish Date: 01/23/2023
Fact checked by: Mark Lewis

Top 10 fights that failed to deliver!

10) Lennox Lewis vs. Evander Holyfield

Two legendary champions meet at Madison Square Garden with the whole world watching. No this wasn’t Ali-Frazier, far from it, this battle of two of the top ten heavyweight champions of all time was a boring fight. Holyfield went around fight week talking about how he was going to knock out Lewis early. When the bell rang it was more of a tedious fight dominated by Lewis, The only notable occurrence on fight night was the decision which was atrocious! In a fight where Holyfield struggled to win a round, the judges somehow scored the fight a draw. So, the fight was a huge disappointment all the way around, a boring fight, a worse decision.

Video: Evander Holyfield vs Lennox Lewis I # Highlights

Evander Holyfield vs Lennox Lewis I # Highlights

9) Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson

Let’s face it this fight was big because of the aura that surrounded Mike Tyson. The pre-fight press conference was more entertaining than the fight; Tyson fans were somehow fooled into thinking Tyson had a legitimate chance to win the fight. Of course, those Tyson fans that thought he would win that night, today say that Tyson was shot from 1990 on. Lewis would have been a tough matchup for Tyson even in his prime because he moved well, was very smart in the ring and most importantly he was unafraid! The first round was the only entertaining round of the fight, with Tyson landing some big shots on Lewis, but they had little to no effect. The rest of the fight was basically Lewis pitching and Tyson catching until the fight was stopped in the eight-round with Tyson bloodied, battered and unable to continue.

Video: Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson (highlights)

Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson (highlights)

8) Muhammad Ali vs Sonny Liston II

This fight was a largely anticipated fight at the time it took place, a lot of people thought of Liston as invincible until Ali dismantled him the year before. The fight became even bigger once Ali had announced that he had converted to the Muslim religion. The problem was the promoters had a hard time getting the fight approved by the bigger boxing commissions and had to put the fight in Lewiston, Maine.  To call this a fight would be a huge stretch, Ali knocked out Liston with a single “punch” that most people didn’t see and to this day can’t find even on old films of the fight. A lot of people have claimed the fight was fixed and with Liston’s mob connections, I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility.

Video: Muhammad Ali vs Sonny Liston II (1965) [FULL FIGHT]

Muhammad Ali vs Sonny Liston II (1965) [FULL FIGHT]

7) Rocky Marciano vs Joe Walcott II

Marciano had dramatically knocked Walcott out in the thirteen round while being behind on the scorecards in the first encounter. Walcott fought maybe the greatest fight of his life before being knocked out in the thirteen round, Walcott was 37 years old at the time of these fights, the second fight was over before it started. Walcott was KO’ed in the first round, he looked like he could have beaten the count, but I believe discretion was the better part of valor on this day. I think the first fight took a lot out of Walcott and when he was floored in the first round he knew what awaited him when he got up. I think this fight rates this high because of how great the first fight was and people thought the second fight would be more of the same, they were sadly mistaken.

Video: Rocky Marciano vs Jersey Joe Walcott II - May 15, 1953 - Fight in Full Color

Rocky Marciano vs Jersey Joe Walcott II – May 15, 1953 – Fight in Full Color

6) Evander Holyfield vs Mike Tyson II

This fight in the pre-fight build-up was called “The Sound and the Fury”, unfortunately, today it is simply known as “The Bite Fight”. The first fight was predicted by most to be an easy Tyson victory, Holyfield was considered washed-up. Unfortunately for Tyson, Holyfield was far from being over the hill. Holyfield dominated the fight knocking Tyson down in the sixth round before finally stopping Tyson in the eleventh. Similar to Ali-Liston, a lot of people thought of Tyson as invincible and thought he would be better prepared this time around and destroy Holyfield. The second fight was about two great champions battling, but in the end, it will be remembered for a desperate champion knowing he was in against a man who he couldn’t beat, getting disqualified and taking the easy way out.

Video: Mike Tyson (USA) vs Evander Holyfield (USA) 2 | Ear's Story, BOXING fight, HD

Mike Tyson (USA) vs Evander Holyfield (USA) 2 | Ear’s Story, BOXING fight, HD

5) Oscar De La Hoya vs. Felix Trinidad

This fight was hyped as the next Leonard-Hearns; it turned out to fall well short of that hype. You had two undefeated fighters in their prime who also both had huge fan followings. The fight itself was devoid of any great action, with Oscar dominating the first eight rounds and then showing signs of wearing down starting in the ninth round. Trinidad won the last four rounds on aggression alone, as Oscar seemingly thinking he had the fight in the bag just trying to stay out of trouble. When the decision was read surprisingly the judges had awarded the fight to Trinidad. This fight was a huge disappointment to fans and there was never a rematch, these guys were not Leonard and Hearns.

Video: De La Hoya VS Trinidad

De La Hoya VS Trinidad “Mega Highlight”

4) Ray Leonard vs Roberto Duran III

This rematch took place almost a decade after their original two fights and produced nowhere near the drama of the first two fights. It was thought that with Duran having a chance to avenge the “No Mas” fight he would come out with the same passion he did that night in Montreal when he had upset Leonard. Far from it, Duran fought timidly and Leonard was cautious, the last half of the fight was fought with boos raining down on both legends. Duran won maybe a round or two at best, Leonard put forth very little effort to win this fight. It was obvious with this fight that both fighters had seen their better days.

Video: Sugar Ray Leonard vs Roberto Duran III Highlights UNO MAS

Sugar Ray Leonard vs Roberto Duran III Highlights UNO MAS

3) Larry Holmes vs. Muhammad Ali

Holmes was a great champion in his prime, but he was still living in Ali’s shadow, Ali on the other hand was 38 and well past his prime. The magic that Ali had created when he was younger had people convinced he could pull off one more miracle. Unbeknownst to most, three months before the fight the Nevada State Boxing Commission had ordered Ali to undergo testing at the Mayo clinic to prove he was healthy enough to fight. The Mayo clinic report had these troubling results, 1) Ali had trouble touching his finger to his nose. 2) He had trouble coordinating his speech. 3) He couldn’t hop well on one foot. But, of course, they still approved Ali to fight. In training it was reported that Ali was sluggish, Tim Witherspoon was a sparring partner in this camp and told me in an interview that he was told “Not to hit Ali in the head during sparring” and that “Ali was definitely sick”. Fight night would have been no surprise if people would have known these things. Instead fight night people watched in anticipation of another upset like Ali pulled off against Liston and Foreman.  What they got was a young hungry champion easily beating a sick old man, the fight was mercifully halted in the ten round, unfortunately, it never should have taken place.

Video: Ali vs Holmes 1980 HIGHLIGHTS HD - 60 FPS

Ali vs Holmes 1980 HIGHLIGHTS HD – 60 FPS

2) Mike Tyson vs Michael Spinks

What could be better than two undefeated heavyweights, both with a claim to the title fighting “Once and For All”? Michael Spinks was the Lineal champion by way of a huge upset win in 1985 over an ageing Larry Holmes. Tyson was a young knockout artist who had captured the imagination of the entire nation. Looking back now it seems crazy to think this would be a competitive fight, but a lot of so-called “boxing experts” thought Spinks could frustrate and beat Tyson. The problem was Spinks was a blown up Light heavyweight, who had beat an old champion, in the rematch against the old champion he was beaten fairly easily in most people’s opinions The judges gave him the decision, which led to a 4th round stoppage of the “Legendary” Steffan Tangstad and then finally a defense against Gerry Cooney, who Spinks stopped in the 5th round. The fight lasted 91 seconds as Tyson overwhelmed Spinks to become the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World.

Video: Mike Tyson Vs. Michael Spinks HD

Mike Tyson Vs. Michael Spinks HD

1) Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao

I know what you are going to say here, boxing is about hitting and not getting hit, and Mayweather is great at this. My problem is Leonard and Robinson were just as good at this if not better and not every one of their fights was sleep-inducing. Pacquiao bears responsibility here also, he never fought with any of the vigor he was known for in previous fights, maybe Mayweather is just that great. In my opinion, what makes fighters great is the ability to close the show. Ray Leonard gained more respect by going toe to toe with Duran and almost winning than Mayweather has gained in his whole career. The fight last night was disappointing to me because I expected these guys to lay it on the line like the fighters I saw when I was young guys like Holmes, Ali, Leonard, Duran, Hearns, Hagler, Frazier to name a few. In the last few rounds Pacquiao fought like he thought he had the fight won, he obviously didn’t. In what was supposed to be the fight of the century all we got was one guy chasing another for 12 rounds, and not one memorable moment the entire fight.

Video: Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao Full Fight Highlights

Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao Full Fight Highlights

Billboard Left
Billboard Left
Read Also
The Nine Most underrated Heavyweight Boxers of All-Time
I love making these lists. I grew up in the 70s and ...
Top-10 Heavyweight Title Fights Since 1970
The 1970s and the 1990s were the Golden age of Heavyweight boxing ...
BetMGM Promo
Looking Back: George Foreman vs. Muhammad Ali
Forty-seven years ago, many said the fight between undisputed heavyweight champion of ...
The Sunshine Showdown (aka/ “Down Goes Frazier”), Jamaica, 1973
“The Sunshine Showdown”, 1973, has lost some of its luster due to ...
Esteban de Jesus, Roberto Duran y AIDS (1972-89)
Many of us dream of celebrity sports fame, but only cruel individuals ...
Michael Nunn and Iran Barkley Discuss Their Bout, Bob Arum, and the Four Kings
Mountains to Climb, Pebbles in Your Shoe “I always say that was ...
Elmer Ray: The Humble Man of Hastings
"Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for ...
Superman vs. Muhammad Ali: How the Heavyweight Champ and the Man of Steel Saved the World in 1978
Training The Mego toy corporation, arguably best known for its line of ...
Some Assembly Required: The Story Behind Mego’s Muhammad Ali Action Figure
“Pretend you’re having a championship fight. Squeeze the trigger to make them ...
Top-10 Heavyweights of All Time
Jack Johnson is a tough one to rate. By all accounts, he ...
Sportsbook of the month
PointsBet - Get your Bonus Bet now! Get your Bonus Bet now!
Top Brands
Top Bonuses
Stake.us
Stake.us
Stake.us Review
4.6/5
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Review
4.6/5
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Review
4.6/5
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots Review
4.5/5
Pulsz.com
Pulsz.com
Pulsz.com Review
4.5/5
Stake.us
Stake.us Bonus
5% Rakeback
T&Cs apply
4.6/5
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Bonus
30 SCs on 1st Purchase + 4.5 SCs FREE
T&Cs apply
4.6/5
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Bonus
Get $5 extra in FREE play
T&Cs apply
4.6/5
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots Bonus
7,000 Gold Coins + 10 Sweeps Coins
T&Cs apply
4.5/5
Pulsz.com
Pulsz.com Bonus
5,000 Gold Coins + 2.3 Sweepstakes Coins
T&Cs apply
4.5/5
Latest News
Top 10 NBA Players of the 1970s
Sure Barry was an asshole, but he was ...
Top 10 Catchers of the 1970s
Fosse is best known for his run-in with ...
Top 10 NFL Offenses headed into the 2023 Season
Many questions are being asked headed into the ...
Betting Tips
06/04/2023 - 8:30 pm
Ball Arena
Tip:
Nuggets to Cover
-8.50
FanDuel
06/01/2023 - 8:30 pm
Ball Arena
Tip:
Nuggets to Cover
Nuggets -8
FanDuel
05/29/2023 - 8:30 pm
TD Garden
Tip:
Heat to Cover
Heat +8
FanDuel
Our Latest YouTube Videos
Video: NBA Finals Series Preview and Prediction: Jokic of Playoff Jimmy for the win?
NBA Finals Series Preview and Prediction: Jokic of Playoff Jimmy for the win?
Video: Boxing History 101: Randall
Boxing History 101: Randall "Tex" Cobb the Man who shut up Howard Cosell
Video: 1919 Cincinnati Reds: True Champions
1919 Cincinnati Reds: True Champions
Sportsbook of the month
PointsBet - Get your Bonus Bet now! Get your Bonus Bet now!
Find out what the legends have to say about sports this week....
Top Online Casinos
Top Casinos Bonuses
Stake.us
Stake.us
Stake.us Review
4.6/5
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Review
4.6/5
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Review
4.6/5
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots Review
4.5/5
Pulsz.com
Pulsz.com
Pulsz.com Review
4.5/5
Stake.us
Stake.us Bonus
5% Rakeback
T&Cs apply
4.6/5
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Bonus
30 SCs on 1st Purchase + 4.5 SCs FREE
T&Cs apply
4.6/5
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Bonus
Get $5 extra in FREE play
T&Cs apply
4.6/5
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots Bonus
7,000 Gold Coins + 10 Sweeps Coins
T&Cs apply
4.5/5
Pulsz.com
Pulsz.com Bonus
5,000 Gold Coins + 2.3 Sweepstakes Coins
T&Cs apply
4.5/5
Top Betting Sites
Top Betting Bonuses
Bet365
Bet365
Bet365 Review
4.6/5
BetMGM
BetMGM
BetMGM Review
4.6/5
BetRivers.com
BetRivers.com
BetRivers.com Review
4.5/5
PointsBet
PointsBet
PointsBet Review
4.5/5
FanDuel
FanDuel
FanDuel Review
4.5/5
Bet365
Bet365 Bonus
Bet $1 & Get $200 in Bonus Bets
T&Cs apply
4.6/5
Bet $1 and Get $200 in Bonus Bets at bet365. Deposit required. Bonus Bets winnings are added to Bonus Bets balance. Bonus Bet wager excluded from returns. T&Cs, time limits and exclusions apply. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-Gambler 21+
BetMGM
BetMGM Bonus
100% up to $1000
T&Cs apply
4.6/5
BetRivers.com
BetRivers.com Bonus
100% up to $500
T&Cs apply
4.5/5
PointsBet
PointsBet Bonus
5 x $50Bet Credits
T&Cs apply
4.5/5
FanDuel
FanDuel Bonus
Get up to $1,000 back in bonus bets
T&Cs apply
4.5/5
Our Team
Mike GoodpasterAuthor IconJosh SchwartzSamuel TeetsSimon Briffa
+8
Mike Goodpaster
Mike Goodpaster
Chief Editor
Author Icon
Christopher Carlson
Content Writer
Josh Schwartz
Josh Schwartz
Editor
Samuel Teets
Samuel Teets
US Sports Veteran
Simon Briffa
Simon Briffa
Sports Editor
Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis
Editor
Chris Benedict
Chris Benedict
Editor
Author Icon
Malik Zorrok
Author
Author Icon
Daniel Kornhauser
Author
John Raspanti
John Raspanti
Author
Author Icon
Buddy Gibbs
Author
Brian Coburn
Brian Coburn
Author
Peter Bonahoom
Peter Bonahoom
Author
Find out what the legends have to say about sports this week....

If you enjoy hearing from the legends of pro sports, then be sure to tune into “The Grueling Truth” sports shows, “Where the legends speak”

Contact us: contact@thegruelingtruth.com

Players must be 21 years of age or older or reach the minimum age for gambling in their respective state and located in jurisdictions where online gambling is legal. Please play responsibly. Bet with your head, not over it. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, and wants help, call or visit: (a) the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey at 1-800-Gambler or www.800gambler.org; or (b) Gamblers Anonymous at 855-2-CALL-GA or www.gamblersanonymous.org.

This site is using Cloudflare and adheres to the Google Safe Browsing Program. We adapted Google's Privacy Guidelines to keep your data safe at all times.

21+NCPG
Move to Top
Close
Stake.us Exclusive Bonus
5% Rakeback
Promo Code
Copy
Visit Site
T&Cs apply, 18+
Payment Methods
Bitcoin
Litecoin
Ethereum
Dogecoin
Highlights
  • Exclusive promo code: TGTSOCIAL
  • Play Plinko, Hilo, Crash and more!
  • Get Stake Cash bonuses every day!
Stake Originals
Dice
Crash
Plinko
Mines
×
Your Promo Code:
The bonus offer of was already opened in an additional window. If not, you can open it also by clicking the following link:
Visit Site