BoztheMadman Posted November 16, 2013 Share Posted November 16, 2013 (edited) I was just thinking about this, the instances when a great fighter lost to someone who was either just good or average, for various reasons. Here is the instances I know of: 8 August 1987: Aaron Pryor losing to Billy Joe Young- Pryor was obviously on the slide after abusing drugs and had taken on a much younger and stronger opponent. Alexis Arguello showed up in his dressing room before the fight to beg him not to go on with it, but to no avail. As a result, Pryor got stopped in 7 rounds and got the worst beating of his life. This was a case of a great fighter being in bad shape and getting beaten by a journeyman. 3 December 1970: Jose Napoles losing to Billy Backus- This was a case of Napoles perhaps taking his opponent too lightly and also being unlucky, getting cut up badly and having to retire in the 4th round. Backus was a good boxer, not a journeyman but never great either. Napoles got his revenge in the rematch where he stopped Backus in eight rounds. 10 April 1992: Edwin Rosario losing to Akinobu Hiranaka- Perhaps the worst and most brutal case. Poor Chapo was enjoying a good comeback at 140 pounds after dismantling Loreto Garza easily to win his last world title, when he ran into Japanese power puncher Hiranaka, who left him outstretched and counted out on the canvas after only 92 seconds. His career would unravel after that, although he came back once again but death cut that comeback short. Hiranaka lost title in his first defense against Morris East by TKO11. 6 December 1997: Terry Norris losing to Keith Mullings- Terrible Terry was on the slide and was ahead after 8 rounds but got hurt in the end of the 8th and stopped in the 9th round by a hard hitting and tough Jamaican journeyman Mullings. Actually, Mullings was better than a journeyman really but his career wasn't successful enough to earn him a higher classification and he lost his title in his second defense and would never win a fight again. 11 February 1989: Donald Curry losing to Rene Jacquot- Jacquot was a rough and tough fighter but he already lost nine fights before he took on Lone Star Cobra and shocked the world by winning a decision against him, thus becoming the first Frenchman in 30 years to win a world title. He would lose his title in the first defense to John Mugabi thanks to bad luck, as he slipped and hurt his ankle in the very first round. Curry stated that he got tired too early and wasn't in as good shape as he thought he was. It was also a case of Jacquot being too strong physically. Perhaps the biggest upset ever. 13 March 1970: Nino Benvenuti losing to Tom Bethea- Another huge upset, Benvenuti was one of the best p4p boxers at the time while Bethea was a journeyman with a 9-5 record but a big punch also. Benvenuti was down in the seventh and injured his rib and had to quit after the eight. He would get revenge in the rematch where he stopped Bethea also in the eight. 4 September 1982: Roberto Duran losing to Kirkland Laing- Laing was a solid fighter but never spectacular so this was also a very big upset. It seems Duran just wasn't in the right mindset that year as he also got outclassed by Benitez in january. Laing was unable to build on this tremendous victory and got koed in the very next fight by Fred Hutchings, the man Hitman Hearns stopped in 3 rounds. 31 May 1997: Kostya Tszyu losing to Vince Phillips- Perhaps the lessest of all the upsets here, as Phillips always showed a great potential but it took him time to fulfill it while Kostya was not in best shape I hear. Phillips would make three defenses of the title he won from Kostya before getting stopped in five by Teron Millett...pretty disappointing end to a reign. Edited November 18, 2013 by BoztheMadman Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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