Updated: Jan 4
The second of our classic boxing divisions, the middleweights ( 154 - 160 pounds) offers a mix of speed and power that is difficult to match. Selecting 5 fights from the plethora of amazing contests available wasn't easy. If we exchanged words when putting together the welterweight list, well when it came to the middleweights we were close to exchanging blows. After significant debate and some heated exchanges here is 50plus4men.com top 5 middleweight fights of the last 50 years.
Nigel Benn Vs Chris Eubank 1.
Staged on the 18th of Nov 1990 for the WBO Middleweight title. The first in a two-fight series and a classic grudge match between contrasting personalities. Nigel "The Dark Destroyer " Benn, a box fighter who could knock you out with either hand and Chris " Simply the Best " Eubank, a slick counter-puncher with a granite chin and the heart of a warrior.
Marvin Hagler V Sugar Ray Leonard.
Staged on the 6th of April 1987 for the WBC, Ring Magazine and lineal world middleweight titles. Billed as the "Super Fight" it pitted "Marvellous" Marvin Hagler the long-reigning, hard-hitting undisputed king of the middleweights against the golden boy of American boxing and former two-time champion Sugar Ray Leonard. Sugar Ray was coming back from retirement, Hagler was coming off of a tough 11 round victory against John "the beast" Mugabi. Hagler was expected to win. Sugar Ray had other ideas. Controversial and thrilling in equal measures one of the great fights of its era.
Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns
Originally billed as "The Fight", later referred to as "The War" was staged on April 15, 1985, for the undisputed middleweight crown. "Marvellous" Marvin Hagler the mean moody king of the middleweights up against the hard-hitting Junior Middleweight champion Thomas "The Hit Man" Hearns for the undisputed middleweight crown certainly lived up to all the pre-fight hype. It has been said by many to be the greatest boxing match of all time. Now that may just be a little over the top, but its intoxicating mix of constant action, brutal drama and explosive exchanges between two legendary fighters certainly make it something very special.
Michael "The Force" Watson vs Nigel "the Dark Destroyer" Ben
The fight took place on the 21st of May 1989. It was the British and Commonwealth middleweight titles and matched two of the best middleweights Britain has ever produced. Both men were in the ascendancy, both men had excellent records. Nigel was on 21 fight winning streak. All 21 victories were by way of knockout. Michael had a 21 -1 - 1 record with 18 knock outs. They could both bang and they could both fight. On the night it was the better boxer who won. A classic clash of homegrown British fighters.
Kelly Pavlik vs Jermain Taylor 1
Staged on the 29th of September 2007 for the undisputed title. For Taylor, it was his 5th title defence of the WBC and WBO Middleweight Championship. For Pavlik, it was his 31st fight all of which he had won by knockout. It was a fight of brutal exchanges and more than one knockdown where both men showed they had warrior hearts that all true champions need.