Boxing had a BMF Title fight.

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  1. Ken Fresno

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    During my nightly 8-hour study of old fight footage I came across something I found pretty interesting.

    There's obviously been non-stop discussion of the BMF title.. the meaning, the origin, the implications, the impact on the sport, etc. There's been discussion about "who are the true BMFs?", "who is the original BMF?", "who is the BMF in boxing?", etc.

    One thing I haven't heard anyone mention is that boxing actually had a "BMF Title fight". Can you guess what it was?

    Ward-Gatti 2 was for the Never Quit, Never Surrender, Blood and Guts Championship of the World. Or NQNSBG Title.

    The first fight was regarded as one of the most anticipated fights ever to not have any "sanctioning-organization titles involved", as Jim Lampley put it before the fight. Which was an HBO Boxing After Dark main event. At which time Larry Merchant probably dropped his best(only) memorable quote: "To Gatti and Ward, the only title that means anything is 'Warrior'."

    In the second fight Michael "The Better" Buffer announced the fight as The Never Quit, Never Surrender, Blood and Guts Championship of the World AND announced Mickey Ward as the Never Quit, Never Surrender, Blood and Guts Champion.

    So he acquired this interim title in their first fight, and defended in the rematch. Just a little history.

    Other notes:

    -There was no official belt like the BMF. But the winner was actually guaranteed the shot at Kostya Tszyu(reigning light-welterweight champion) if they wanted it.

    -We do the thread about "Best entrances in combat sports history" every couple months. I never see Gatti mentioned, specifically in Ward 2. His entrance was incredible. Hard to think of a fighter with a better entrance song than Thunder Gatti coming out to Thunderstruck. The hype of what was coming, the glory of the first fight, the lyrics, Gatti's demeanor, being back in his hometown after going to war in Lowell, Mass... maybe the best entrance of all time, imo.

    -This Youtube upload put the entrances and announcements in an old school black and white look. Pretty cool.

     
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  2. Canned Tuna

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    Nice tidbit. I've watched those fights, but it was in online videos years after they happened and I didn't know this about it. I always skip right to the action when I watch fights online.

    Thanks, TS
     
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    i thought the Huichol and Mayan belts from the WBC were the BMF of boxing, or the belt Marquez got when he KO Pac.
     
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    Thread needs gifs

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    RIP Arturo Gatti.

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    last gif almost looked like francis vs ngannou wtf
     
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    Ward v Gatti, that's a fair call. I reckon Tyson v Tua would have been the HW version if that had ever happened.
     
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    Legends.

    Round 9 of Gatti-Ward 1 is one of the best rounds of all time.

     
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    Ward v Gatti was pretty close to a BMF
     
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    Ended the guys career. Brain damage.

    Gatti took 2 terrible beatings in his career... Once against De La Hoya, and Floyd absolutely destroyed him.

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    Brutal. It was tough to watch.
     
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    thATS A GOOD FIGHT, also on there should be De La Hoya-Quartey,
    Hagler-Hearns, Leanard-hearns and Pacquiao-Marquez 1
     
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    Those were some bangin' fights........just brutalized one another. I saw them all when they happened but have no recollection of that title you mentioned. Cool tidbit!
     
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    The Pretty Boy era.....people forget how aggro Floyd was back then. And yes, that was a systematic beatdown.
     
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    I just remember his face afterwards... unholy beating.

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    To say bitches loved this guy is an understatement... Even the weirdly sexy old school red head UFC/boxing doctor lady wanted to hear dat Thunder roar.

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    knew it was this fight before i even opened the thread

    any other contenders ? what about Hagler vs Hearns ?

     
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    Best first round ever, but in BMF stock, these two have in in and out of the ring.

    RIP Arturo... Wildman.
     
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    Another great couple of fights were Diego Corrales vs Jose Luis Castillo
     

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