View Full Version : Fighters who come back from embarrising defeats or bad starts to there career's?


Joey Giardello
04-26-2009, 08:26 PM
who are they?

THE REED™
04-26-2009, 08:28 PM
Bernard lost his 1st pro fight..

Joey Giardello
04-26-2009, 08:40 PM
Bernard lost his 1st pro fight..

wasnt that at lightheavy? he tuck a year out and come back as a middleweight

MANGLER
04-26-2009, 08:48 PM
Darch has been kickin ass since Nonito laid his ass out.

Joey Giardello
04-26-2009, 08:51 PM
What do you guys think of nate campbels loss when he let robbie p have a free shot?

Robzilla
04-26-2009, 08:59 PM
Juan Manuel Marquez lost his first fight via disqualification.

Kid McCoy
04-26-2009, 09:57 PM
Henry Armstrong was KO'd in his first pro fight and lost three of his first four bouts.

Jimmy Young went 7-4 at the start of his career.

Archie Moore suffered a first round KO against a little-known fighter midway through his career.

Joe Bugner was knocked out in his first pro fight by a journeyman.

Clegg
04-26-2009, 10:03 PM
Although he obviously never reached the heights as the rest of the guys that have been named, Johnny Nelson is worth mentioning.

He had a few defeats against unimpressive opposition, and was involved in a fight that many consider to be the most boring of all time, which led to him receiving hate mail and being insulted in the street.

He ended up winning a world title, defending it a bunch of times, and retiring as champion.

portuge puncher
04-26-2009, 10:17 PM
pipino cuevas had a record of 17-6 when he got a shot at the WBA welterwieght belt (everyone thought he would lose, he was handpicked by the champion) he won in an upset, and defended the title 11 times.

1SILVA
04-27-2009, 01:00 AM
who are they?

Mike Weaver
Buster Drayton
Fred Pendleton
Glen Johnson

JAB5239
04-27-2009, 04:54 AM
What do you guys think of nate campbels loss when he let robbie p have a free shot?

Stupid, stupid move. But I was lucky enough to talk to Nate and his promoter on the phone after that and he realised and admitted what an error in judgement that was. To his credit he got his career back on track and has been better than ever.

Still, that one punch will linger in the minds of many fans for a long time. Too bad, cause the kid can really fight and that isn't a true indicator of his talent.

ßringer
04-27-2009, 05:15 AM
Stupid, stupid move. But I was lucky enough to talk to Nate and his promoter on the phone after that and he realised and admitted what an error in judgement that was. To his credit he got his career back on track and has been better than ever.

Still, that one punch will linger in the minds of many fans for a long time. Too bad, cause the kid can really fight and that isn't a true indicator of his talent.

Poor Nate.

But hey, it's not the first time a really good professional boxer made an ill-fated decision in the ring, only to come back stronger from it.

As for the thread starter's question........

Bernard Hopkins lost his first professional fight.

Glen Johnson had some serious set backs post-Hopkins.

Emmanuel Augustus has had a serious amount of setbacks, and yet fans still regard him pretty highly. Most fans acknowledge that a lot of his "losses" were hometown decisions or flat out robberies.

Marco Antonio Barrera was written off more times than I can count.

Winky Wright's losses to Vazquez and Simon also spring to mind.

Israel Vazquez was TKO'd in his 10th professional fight by an unsung journeyman named Ulises Flores(9-6-0 at the time) who ended his career with a record of 14-12-1.

Wladimir Klitschko bounced back pretty well from his 3 TKO losses to Puritty, Sanders, and Brewster.

And these are just some of the more recent examples.

Joey Giardello
04-27-2009, 08:59 AM
Poor Nate.

But hey, it's not the first time a really good professional boxer made an ill-fated decision in the ring, only to come back stronger from it.

As for the thread starter's question........

Bernard Hopkins lost his first professional fight.

Glen Johnson had some serious set backs post-Hopkins.

Emmanuel Augustus has had a serious amount of setbacks, and yet fans still regard him pretty highly. Most fans acknowledge that a lot of his "losses" were hometown decisions or flat out robberies.

Marco Antonio Barrera was written off more times than I can count.

Winky Wright's losses to Vazquez and Simon also spring to mind.

Israel Vazquez was TKO'd in his 10th professional fight by an unsung journeyman named Ulises Flores(9-6-0 at the time) who ended his career with a record of 14-12-1.

Wladimir Klitschko bounced back pretty well from his 3 TKO losses to Puritty, Sanders, and Brewster.

And these are just some of the more recent examples.

good post!!

Stab Judah
04-27-2009, 11:06 AM
Azumah Nelson was ko'd by Sanchez in his first title shot early on.
Not a big set back but he became a great after it.

Clegg
04-27-2009, 02:09 PM
Mijares once lost to a guy who finished his career with a 1-47847834783487934 record.

mickey malone
04-27-2009, 05:59 PM
Although he obviously never reached the heights as the rest of the guys that have been named, Johnny Nelson is worth mentioning.

He had a few defeats against unimpressive opposition, and was involved in a fight that many consider to be the most boring of all time, which led to him receiving hate mail and being insulted in the street.

He ended up winning a world title, defending it a bunch of times, and retiring as champion.
Perfect example.. I'd disagree about not reaching the heights though.. I know it was only cruiser, but at one time he held 2 belts (WBO WBC) & remained undefeated for 8 years, stopping 1 or 2 tough'ns aswell.. When on top of his game, was quite electric..
However, spot bollock on the most boring fight of all time.. The De Leon thing where no one through a punch for 12 rounds, so they awarded a draw! Death threats were a bit strong though.... But then he shouldn't have called himself "The Entertainer"

ironjab
04-28-2009, 07:33 AM
david haye against carl thompson, haye got ktfo, but hes done well since and hes gonna stuff klitschko!!!

cotto16
04-28-2009, 12:44 PM
Perfect example.. I'd disagree about not reaching the heights though.. I know it was only cruiser, but at one time he held 2 belts (WBO WBC) & remained undefeated for 8 years, stopping 1 or 2 tough'ns aswell.. When on top of his game, was quite electric..
However, spot bollock on the most boring fight of all time.. The De Leon thing where no one through a punch for 12 rounds, so they awarded a draw! Death threats were a bit strong though.... But then he shouldn't have called himself "The Entertainer"

Nelson never held the wbc, he was wbo champion for years

jmc617
04-28-2009, 04:05 PM
bentt lost to jones in the first

BennyST
04-29-2009, 03:04 AM
Maybe one of the greatest was Duran's comeback after Leonard. He wanted to retire, and had been thinking about it for a while anyway, but to come back after such a humiliating loss to do what he did is incredible. Aren't many that could have.

BennyST
04-29-2009, 08:31 AM
Bernard lost his 1st pro fight..

Juan Manuel Marquez lost his first fight via disqualification.

Interestingly, one of the biggest losses at the start of a career also happened to be the younger brother who also lost his first fight as a pro. It must run in the blood. :lol1:

Anyway, imagine starting your career with a knockout loss, because that is how Rafael Marquez started out. For some reason he fought the former world title with 39 wins in an eight round contest as his pro debut and was knocked out in the eighth. He also went on to be knocked out two more times quite early.

Of course he has come back to become one of the better champs of our day and a P4P ranked fighter. Amazing stuff.

Darch has been kickin ass since Nonito laid his ass out.

Yeah, that was a pretty bad defeat for him and really made him remember his boxing and he has been looking better than ever.

From what I understand he is now scheduled to move up a weight and fight for the BW title next. Should be good.

Miburo
04-29-2009, 08:39 AM
Surprised Monzon hasn't been mentioned yet. Lost 3 and drew 3 of his first 20 bouts, then went on an insane winning streak, never losing a notable fight in his career.

mickey malone
04-29-2009, 06:25 PM
Nelson never held the wbc, he was wbo champion for years
Yeah your right... He drew for WBC in that stinker with De Leon... My mistake..

Benn was another one though... Got KO'd (gassed) by a light punch from Watson for the Commonwealth belt, but then went on to become a 2 weight champ..

Mugwump
04-29-2009, 06:54 PM
david haye against carl thompson, haye got ktfo, but hes done well since and hes gonna stuff klitschko!!!

Hardly embarrassing. Thompson was a very good fighter and Haye was too inexperienced at the time.