The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, Magic Johnson in the NBA Finals during his rookie season and Robert DeNiro in Taxi Driver. Almost every star or athlete has the one breakthrough moment in their career. It may not be their best or defining moment, but it is the one where they allow the world to know they have arrived. This performance shows that they are not just good but are in fact great.
Following is a list of the top breakthrough fights of all-time great boxers. These fights propelled them into the limelight and showed that, however good we thought they were prior, we had been underestimating them. For some boxers, this was their first step up in competition, their first title fight or their first mega fight. For others, this match occurred after years of toiling in the shadows of their contemporaries. Whenever it occurred, these are the matches set the path for the rest of these boxer’s careers.