There is no community like boxing’s when it comes to discussing a sport’s history.
On Twitter, the piece caught the eye of Paulie Malignaggi; his 2006 points loss to Miguel Cotto made the list. But it was on boxrec.com that a fascinating debate was born.
A number of displays in defeat were put forward by the guys in the forum:
Carlos Cuadras [points, 2016] v Roman Gonzalez
Wayne McCullough [points, 1998], below, and Paul Ingle [stoppage, 1999] v Prince Naseem Hamed
George Groves [stoppage, 2013] v Carl Froch I
Fernando Vargas [stoppage, 2000] v Felix Trinidad
Ruslan Provodnikov [points, 2013] v Tim Bradley
Juan Manuel Marquez [points, 2008 and 2011] v Manny Pacquiao II and III
Amir Khan [stoppage, 2016] v Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez
Jose Luis Castillo [points, 2002] v Floyd Mayweather Jr I and Evander Holyfield [points, 1992] v Riddick Bowe I
Sugar Ray Leonard [points, 1980] v Roberto Duran I
Thomas ‘Hitman’ Hearns [stoppages, 1981 and 1985] v Sugar Ray Leonard I and Marvin Hagler
Special mention must go to L-shock for his shout – the late Henry Cooper’s 1963 loss to Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay. He called it “the match that made him [Cooper] forever internationally famous”. Well said.
Nod to joker Twlyall who mentioned Adonis Creed against Ricky Conlan and Rocky Balboa in his first scrap with Apollo Creed!
Hardcore fight followers are open-minded about losses yet several boxers remain consumed by their undefeated records. Who is to blame for this obsession? TV executives? Promoters? Mayweather? Casual fans?
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