Boxing is known as the Sweet Science, but the adjectives "sour" and "bitter" have often been on the mark. I'm referring to the number of sewer-dirty fights that have taken place over the decades -- matches to be remembered, however reluctantly and distastefully, for their unbecoming, unsportsmanlike, and downright criminal behavior.
Here's what I consider the dirtiest, the foulest, fight in the sport's history. It's an infamous battle in which the foul, and crime, committed was particularly egregious.
Luis Resto vs. Billy Collins Jr. (June 16, 1983)
Welterweights Luis Resto (20-8-2, eight KOs) and Billy Collins Jr. (14-0-0, 11 KOs) faced each other at Madison Square Garden on the undercard of the Roberto Duran-Davey Moore bout. To pretty much everyone's surprise, journeyman-fighter Resto won a 10-round unanimous decision.
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