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If you could be ringside for one fight in boxing history, which would it be?

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If you could have been there for any fight in boxing history, which would it be?

Darren Barker
Former IBF champion

The Rumble in the Jumble. Imagine being ringside for that. I don’t think it gets any cooler than that. That’s epic. We not talking about a boxing superstar, we’re talking about a world icon, people just adored him and that was one of his greatest moments. I would have loved to have been there for that.

Thomas Stalker
GB Boxing Olympic captain

Naseem Hamed vs Kevin Kelley at Madison Square Garden. I’m a massive fan of Prince Naseem and that was best atmosphere I think I’ve seen from my TV.

Paul Ready
Boxing manager

It would have to be Hagler-Hearns. For the violence. Also I remember as a kid watching Nigel Benn-Gerald McClellan on the TV. It had everything.

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Declan Taylor
Sports reporter

It’s a big question and a slightly predictable answer but it would have to be the Rumble in the Jungle. The whole trip would have been insane, from the six-week delay to the three-night music festival before the fight itself, then one of the most dramatic upsets in history to boot. Sign me up.

This Thursday’s Boxing News is a special issue on the 50 year anniversary of the Fight of the Century, Ali-Frazier 1. Don’t miss it

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