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The five best fights of the decade

The five greatest fights of the last 10 years
fights of the decade
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5. SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI W PTS 12 ROMAN GONZALZEZ
March 18, 2017
BOXING NEWS said from ringside at the time: “A breathtaking war of attrition, with both boxers tearing into each other at close quarters. The intensity and speed of the strikes was simply spellbinding.” Srisaket, while beating the widely considered pound-for-pound number one, won a majority decision over 12 rounds.

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

4. CANELO ALVAREZ W PTS 12 GENNADY GOLOVKIN
September 15, 2018
RARELY, particularly in the modern era, have two fighters of such obvious quality stood and traded with barely a backward step for 36 minutes. In this rematch of their 2017 draw, Canelo was a revelation, exhibiting supreme upper body movement as he drew mistakes from Golovkin. But “GGG” was also impressive and at the end of 12 breathless rounds, it could have gone either way.

Canelo Alvarez
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3. NAOYA INOUE W PTS 12 NONITO DONAIRE
November 17, 2019
ASTONISHING in so many ways, it was the sheer competitiveness that was perhaps the most surprising. Donaire, written off after losing his way in the higher weight classes, returned to form to push the highly fancied Inoue all the way. Quality oozed from each punch, combination and exchange. That Donaire bravely scrambled to his feet after the taking wickedest of body shots in the 11th – and then fought back – said it all about this high-intensity