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Boxing’s weirdest ring entrances seven years on from Groves’ double-decker bus

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May 31st marked the seventh anniversary of Carl Froch and George Groves' historic Wembley rematch, which saw the latter enter the ring on a double-decker bus.

Froch and Groves settled their fascinating rivalry in front of a then-British-record crowd of 80,000, with the former landing a devastating right hand to knock out his arch-nemesis.

It was a momentous night for many reasons, and Groves provided the most iconic image of the rematch by coming out on the top deck of an open-top London bus.

The Hammersmith man's Wembley ring walk is one of the most unusual we've ever seen in the sport, but he's not alone in thinking outside the box when it comes to boxing entrances.

Naz's flying carpet

We could only start this list with the legendary Prince Naseem Hamed, who rarely walked to the ring without putting on a show.

But the former unified featherweight world champion's most famous entrance came before his TKO win over Vuyani Bungu at London Olympia back in March 2000.

Just like he did in the ring, Naz left fans on the edge of their seats by entering on a magic carpet from high up in the arena, channeling his inner Aladdin before going to war in the ring.

He then followed it up with his customary flip over the top rope to cap one of the most iconic boxing entrances ever.

Eubank's motorbike

A man who rivalled Naz in the showmanship department was Chris Eubank, the eccentric former super-middleweight world champion who also entered the ring by jumping over the top rope.

The greatest entrance of his career came back in 1995, when he ventured into the Green Glens Arena, Ireland, for his bout against Steve Collins sat on a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Eubank then hopped off the bike and began his usual posturing and posing before the standard top-rope jump came.

Unfortunately, he could not produce a similarly impressive performance in the ring, as Collins prevailed via unanimous decision.

Klitschko vs Haye

By far the most incredibly choreographed ring walks we've ever seen, Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye's respective entrances before their 2011 unified heavyweight title clash were probably more entertaining than the fight itself.

After Michael Buffer initially introduced each man, cameras cut to a mock-up cinema room where a group of actors watched footage of the pair exchanging verbal unpleasantries in the build-up to their contest.

Almost like a movie set, more footage of Klitschko and Haye was played out behind fake boxing gyms and settings resembling London and Hamburg, before final 4D images of the fighters declaring war on one another were played.

It's fair to say the fight didn't live up to those A-list entrances, however, as Klitschko got the better of Haye in an uneventful points victory.

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Mayweather's Roman outfit

Floyd Mayweather was the king of trash talk in his illustrious boxing career, backing up his pre-fight boasts on all 50 occasions he stepped into the ring.

The brash American was never short of confidence, and his entrance for a clash with Carlos Baldomir in 2006 was only proof of that.

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Mayweather was carried to the ring at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Nevada, while dressed in a gold suit of armour, resembling a Roman warrior.

After making such an extravagant entrance he needed to win at all costs to avoid looking rather foolish, which he made sure of via unanimous decision.

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