Opinion | Mar 01 2019

The top six rematches we never got to see

Alex Reid hopes that Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury don’t add to their names to this list of great fights which required, but never got, a sequel
Sugar Ray Leonard vs Marvin Hagler rematches article
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It gets no closer than this. In a fight billed as ‘The Grudge’, Groves edged his amateur rival DeGale by scores of 115-114 (twice) and 115-115 for a minor upset.

That an immediate rematch wasn’t made is understandable; the two rookies had surprised – and impressed – by risking their unbeaten records early in their careers. Also the bout had been intriguing rather than outright scintillating.

Yet the high-profile hostility between the pair, plus the fact that many thought DeGale – the aggressor for much of the fight – had done enough to nick a decision, seemed to make a sequel inevitable at some stage. It wasn’t to be. Talk of a follow-up would crop up almost every year until 2019, when the retirement of both finally put an end to it.

  1. Marvin Hagler KO3 Tommy Hearns (1985)

 

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