Top 10 Boxing Rematches Ending in the Same Result
British boxing is set for the year of the rematch: Carl Froch v George Groves, Tyson Fury v Dereck Chisora and Nathan Cleverly v Tony Bellew being the highest profile. The men vanquished in the first bouts are all desperate for a second shot, but here are 10 cases of boxers wishing they had not gone back for more punishment from the same foe.
10. Julio Cesar Chavez v Roger Mayweather
These two first met in 1985 when Chavez was defending his WBC super featherweight title against Mayweather. It was a straight forward victory for the Mexican legend who knocked the American out in the second round.
Four years later they met again, this time with the Black Mamba’s WBC light welterweight strap on the line. This was much closer but Mayweather was retired after the 10th and Chavez took his record to 62-0.
9. Hector Camacho v Roberto Duran
The legendary Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran was well past his best when he fought Hector Camacho for the first time in 1996, losing out to a, reasonably close, but unanimous decision. Duran was certainly past his sell-by date when the rematch occurred shortly after his 50th birthday in 2001. The result was the same, but the scorecards showed a much greater disparity and the man from Panama was sent into retirement.
8. Floyd Mayweather Jr v Jose Luis Castillo
Castillo had two cracks at breaking the “Mayvinci Code” in 2002, coming close on both occasions but not quite managing it on either. Both contests went to the judges’ cards and both results were mighty close, but Floyd came away with an unanimous decision each time. Many thought Castillo won the first, but there was little doubt that the correct decision was made in the second.
7. Jermain Taylor v Bernard Hopkins
Taylor was the significant underdog coming into the first of his two fights with Hopkins in 2005. The Executioner had not lost in 12 years and was the undisputed middleweight champion of the world. It was a little controversial, but in a close contest Taylor dethroned the champ via split decision.
Hopkins got his wish and a rematch was scheduled for just five months later, the result was even worse second time around, though. Taylor earned an unanimous decision and kept hold of the belts.