As Srisaket Sor Rungvisai discovered, sometimes a rematch produces an easier victory, writes Daniel Herbert
1. ALI KO 1 LISTON
Sonny quit (six rounds) with an injured shoulder before a phantom punch brought Muhammad a much quicker, albeit controversial, win.
2. MONZON RSF 3 BENVENUTI
Carlos had needed 12 rounds to rip the middleweight crown from stylish Nino, but the return was a wipeout.
3. MOORE KO 3 DURELLE
After a first triumph (ko 11) over Yvon in one of the greatest fights ever, Archie was in a hurry the second time around.
4. FROCH RSF 8 GROVES
Their first match lasted only a round longer, but produced a highly controversial stoppage (rsf 9). Carl’s right hand to flatten George was as conclusive as can be.
5. SAAD MUHAMMAD RSF 4 CONTEH
John pushed Matthew to a close 15-round decision in August 1979, only to be crushed in four frames some nine months later.
6. FAMECHON KO 14 HARADA
Johnny took the featherweight title from Fighting Harada on referee Willie Pep’s narrow 15-round verdict in 1969, but didn’t need the judges in 1970.
7. MARCIANO KO 8 CHARLES
In June 1954, Rocky was taken the distance by former champion Ezzard, only to dominate and flatten him just three months later.
8. SPINKS KO 14 NEILL
After stopping Bobby on cuts (seven rounds) to become British featherweight king, Terry ended the career of the weight-weakened Scot two months later.
9. LOUIS KO 11 WALCOTT
“The Brown Bomber” Joe was down twice and lucky to get a split 15-round verdict over Jersey Joe in December 1947, but six months later Louis settled all arguments.
10. NELSON RSF 5 RUELAS
In 1993, African great Azumah scraped past Gabriel only on a majority 12-round verdict, but this 1995 return saw him crush the Mexico-born Californian.