5 Major Boxing Rematches That Never Happened—But Should Have

Jorge Alarcon-SwabyCorrespondent IAugust 10, 2011

5 Major Boxing Rematches That Never Happened—But Should Have

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    Throughout the years, boxing fans have been left with great desires for rematches to major fights that left us wishing for more or left us wishing for the score to finally be settled, once and for all.

    Unfortunately, these rematches never occurred, due to different and often disputed circumstances. Let's take some time to look back on some of those major rematches that never got made.

5. Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Pernell Whitaker 2

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    Many people consider this 1993 bout one of the biggest robberies in boxing history. The fight was ruled a draw, but most people thought Whitaker dominated Chavez.

    A rematch never happened, and it left most boxing fans with a great desire to see Whitaker get a chance to settle the score once and for all.  

4. Mike Tyson vs. Buster Douglas 2

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    In what is known as the biggest upset in boxing history, Buster Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson in their 1990 bout.

    Tyson looked for redemption but never got the chance to get Douglas back in the ring. Just eight months later, Douglas was knocked out by Evander Holyfield.

    Both men took different paths, and the rematch never happened. 

3. Vitali Klitschko vs. Lennox Lewis 2

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    Their 2003 fight was stopped in the seventh round due to a deep cut on the left eye of Klitschko. At the time of the stoppage, Klitschko was up on all three of the judge's scorecards. Since the cut was caused by an actual punch, the fight was ruled a technical knockout in favor of Lewis.  

    The boxing media demanded an immediate rematch, and Klitschko continuously asked Lewis to step back in the ring with him. Unfortunately, Lewis decided against the wishes of many and hung up the globes for good.

    To this day, many people credit Klitschko for causing Lewis to retire from the sport of boxing.   

2. Marvin Hagler vs. Sugar Ray Leonard 2

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    In 1987, Leonard won what many considered a controversial split-decision over Hagler. Afterwards, Hagler continually demanded a rematch with Leonard.

    After many failed attempts, Hagler decided to retire the following year after being unable to get Leonard to step back in the ring with him.

1. Oscar De La Hoya vs. Felix Trinidad 2

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    In their 1999 bout, Trinidad won a majority decision in a fight many people thought De La Hoya had won. Boxing fans and the media demanded a rematch.

    After years of failed negotiation and arguments, the fight never happened. It is still, to this day, one of the most talked-about rematches and desired fights by fans.