When boxing fans talk about the biggest fights in boxing history, they likely mean those events that caused the biggest buzz around the world. Usually, it’s that one fighter, one special character that makes all this possible, taking the excitement to a whole new level.
What is boxing buzz? Here is my definition: Thundering crowds of fans at arenas, bars and houses. Shouts, screams and roars that create vibration through the venue so loud, that even audio is unable to handle the frequency (happened to my video camera at the Klitschko vs. Arreola bout), leaving only the video and deadly silence on their screens when reviewing the footage.
Shirts, hats and flags in your field of view no matter where you turn your head, representing the men in the ring. Abysmal silence when their favorite fighter’s name is being announced, followed by extreme cheer chaos as soon as the announcer speaks the last letter of their name. Millions of increased heart rates and dilated pupil stares due to the great adrenaline rush people are experiencing before that bell finally rings.
How do you feel at such times?
When thinking about all the fighters that have brought this kind of excitement to boxing fans, a few names instantly pop up in my head. Some are more recent and some are classic. Here are just some of the names that I believe have created the biggest buzz in boxing history—at least the history that I was able to watch on TV or experience live.
Please remember that this is not a list of the best fighters in boxing, but the ones that have been able to create the best buzz and direct the media exclusively towards themselves.
So, what’s your list?