Three nice fights at Madison Sq. Backyard forward of UFC 205 in New York


For the primary time in its historical past, the Final Preventing Championship will stage an occasion on the iconic Madison Sq. Backyard, as soon as thought of the centre of the universe for boxing.

Three title fights headline UFC 205 on 12 November, with Conor McGregor taking on Eddie Alvarez, Tyron Woodley preventing Stephen Thompson and Joanna Jedrzejczyk defending her crown in opposition to Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

Forward of what will be an enormous night time for blended martial arts, Sport journal’s deputy editor Alex Reid picks three stand out fights which have wowed spectators within the ‘World’s Most Well-known Area.’

Joe Frazier v Muhammad Ali aka ‘The Combat of the Century’: eight March, 1971

“The apparent one. As a purely sporting spectacle it was wonderful since you had this distinctive circumstance the place two boxers, who had been just about within the prime of their profession and each undefeated. Each had reliable claims to be the heavyweight champion of the world, with certainly one of them [Ali] being stripped of the heavyweight title and compelled into exile for a number of years.

“There have been additionally these big political and social tales behind it as effectively. Ali was seen because the face of extra liberal America and was forged because the consultant of the oppressed black individuals, whereas Frazier was pressured into the position of being the company champion, which at all times rubbed him up the unsuitable approach. As he would level out he had arguably a more durable and poorer upbringing than Ali and was, as an individual, equally consultant of working class black America.

“The fight became bigger than boxing as well as the pair of them and symbolised the power struggle within the United States. I don’t think we’ll see anything like it again and it was a sensational fight, too. Frazier’s style just gave Ali fits and although he won their next two fights he never enjoyed facing Frazier.”


Bernard Hopkins v Felix Trinidad: 29 September, 2001

“Felix Trinidad had a vociferous assist amongst Puerto Ricans and when he knocked out William Joppy [at Madison Square Garden] in early 2001 individuals reported on the time that you may really feel the stadium transfer.

“Later that year he lost in the same arena to Bernard Hopkins. The fight was actually going to take the weekend after 9/11, but obviously it was postponed and that fight was a huge event because it was a sensational one and a massive upset because Hopkins stopped Trinidad in the last round. Given everything that was going on in America at that time and its location, it took on a huge significance.”


Naseem Hamed v Kevin Kelley: 19 December, 1997

“Naseem Hamed made his US debut at Madison Sq. Backyard in opposition to Kevin Kelley, which was extensively considered a popping out social gathering for Nas who was an enormous star within the UK. He had huge billboards in Occasions Sq. together with his image on to remind individuals this man was coming.

“However what individuals didn’t anticipate was what Kelley would deliver to the social gathering. He was a New Yorker, he may speak and he may punch. Nas’ focus was beginning to wilt by this stage so that they engaged in a fully sensational struggle the place there have been six or seven knockdowns throughout 4 rounds.

“Naseem eventually prevailed and it ended up being his coming out party because it was such a sensational fight even though he was expected to win. It made him box office in America, but certainly wasn’t as smooth as everyone thought it was going to be.”


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