View Full Version : Top 10 Boxing Upsets In The Past and Present


BritishBoxing92
01-09-2010, 10:13 AM
1)Muhammad Ali Vs George Foreman
2)Mike Tyson Vs James "Buster" Douglas
3)Bernard Hopkins Vs Felix Trinidad
4)Ricky Hatton Vs Kostya tszyu
5)Hasim Rahman Vs Lennox Lewis I
6)Evander Holyfield Vs Mike Tyson I & II
7)Michael Moorer Vs Evander Holyfield
8)George Foreman Vs Michael Moorer
9)Corrie Sanders Vs Wladimir Klitchsko
10)Roy Jones Jr Vs Antonio Tarver II

who do you guys have??

mickey malone
01-09-2010, 10:34 AM
Corbett Sullivan
Braddock Baer
Clay Liston
Spinks Ali
Laing Duran
Barkley Hearns
Douglas Tyson
Benn McClellan
Honeyghan Curry
Schmelling Louis

American Dream
01-09-2010, 11:35 AM
1)Muhammad Ali Vs George Foreman
2)Mike Tyson Vs James "Buster" Douglas
3)Bernard Hopkins Vs Felix Trinidad
4)Ricky Hatton Vs Kostya tszyu
5)Hasim Rahman Vs Lennox Lewis I
6)Evander Holyfield Vs Mike Tyson I & II
7)Michael Moorer Vs Evander Holyfield
8)George Foreman Vs Michael Moorer
9)Corrie Sanders Vs Wladimir Klitchsko
10)Roy Jones Jr Vs Antonio Tarver II

who do you guys have??

Good list..
2)-I was in awe...
8)-I cheered for joy!
10)-I shed tears.....

sonnyboyx2
01-09-2010, 11:48 AM
1)Muhammad Ali Vs George Foreman
2)Mike Tyson Vs James "Buster" Douglas
3)Bernard Hopkins Vs Felix Trinidad
4)Ricky Hatton Vs Kostya tszyu
5)Hasim Rahman Vs Lennox Lewis I
6)Evander Holyfield Vs Mike Tyson I & II
7)Michael Moorer Vs Evander Holyfield
8)George Foreman Vs Michael Moorer
9)Corrie Sanders Vs Wladimir Klitchsko
10)Roy Jones Jr Vs Antonio Tarver II

who do you guys have??

on fight-night Hatton was favorite to beat Tszyu
Holyfield was favorite against Tyson in their rematch
i bet Foreman at odds of 10/3

1SILVA
01-09-2010, 12:06 PM
1)Muhammad Ali Vs George Foreman
2)Mike Tyson Vs James "Buster" Douglas
3)Bernard Hopkins Vs Felix Trinidad
4)Ricky Hatton Vs Kostya tszyu
5)Hasim Rahman Vs Lennox Lewis I
6)Evander Holyfield Vs Mike Tyson I & II
7)Michael Moorer Vs Evander Holyfield
8)George Foreman Vs Michael Moorer
9)Corrie Sanders Vs Wladimir Klitchsko
10)Roy Jones Jr Vs Antonio Tarver II

who do you guys have??

Ralph Jones-Ray Robinson
Glen Johnson-Roy Jones
Leon Spinks-Ali I
Holmes-Spinks I
Leonard-Hagler
Barkley-Hearns I
Hearns-Hill
Toney-Nunn
Pintor-Zarate
Braddock-Baer

Bigdaddy_Vh
01-09-2010, 12:11 PM
Randy Turpin-Ray Robinson

GJC
01-09-2010, 12:16 PM
Randy Turpin-Ray Robinson
Good one its in my 10 which will hopefully come soon

GJC
01-09-2010, 12:23 PM
Good one its in my 10 which will hopefully come soon
Going to limit my upsets to fights that I can remember as I am making this personal to me i.e. I was shocked rather than delving back through the years.
In no particular order:

Clay v Liston. The fighter we had down as a braggart who our Enry put on his backside comprehensively beats the scariest fighter ever seen.

Ali v Foreman. Ali who seemed to be running down his career having lost to Frazier and Norton beats the man who destroyed the pair of them in minutes

Benn v McClellan Benn could dig but was vulnerable to punches himself beats the fighter who has destroyed Julian Jackson twice. If Jackson can't stand toe to toe with him what chance has Benn got?

Curry v Honeyghan Honeyghan has a bit of talent but to be thrown in against Curry who is being argued is better p4p than Hearns or Hagler.

Hopkins v Tarver Time is obviously finally catching up with Hopkins as seen during his 2 defeats by Taylor. Now he is going up 2 weight divisions against the conquerer of Roy Jones JNR

Holyfield v Tyson Finally a ight we have been waiting years for. Its a shame that Holyfield seems to be on the way down the 3 fights against Bowe and the defeat against Moorer seem to indicate time has caught up with the 34 yo fighter. Tyson who has crushed Bruno and Seldon seems to be showing little effect of his jail time.

Douglas v Tyson A fighter with a wasted talent and is suffering from personal problems goes up against a fighter many believe could prove himself to be the greatest of all time. Douglas has talent but you could give him a chance of lasting a couple of rounds if he was a fighter with some heart.

Duran v Barclay The old lightweight great easing down his career takes on the man who beat Hearns the only man to destroy him.

Turpin v Robinson Turpin is a good British fighter but this is Sugar Ray Robinson who we all watched pulverise La Motta earlier this year.

Walcott v Charles Admittidly Charles is running out of credible challengers after his eight successful defences but to give Walcott another shot seems barely credible. Walcott must accept that he let his chance slip of ever winning the HW title when he coasted against Louis 4 years ago. He has been a great fighter but his time is past.

The Stone Roses
01-09-2010, 12:32 PM
ali vs liston
ali vs foreman
tyson vs douglas
roy jones vs tarver II

Bigdaddy_Vh
01-09-2010, 01:58 PM
Walcott v Charles Admittidly Charles is running out of credible challengers after his eight successful defences but to give Walcott another shot seems barely credible. Walcott must accept that he let his chance slip of ever winning the HW title when he coasted against Louis 4 years ago. He has been a great fighter but his time is past.

man, hell yes. i was just thinking about this fight

GJC
01-09-2010, 02:07 PM
man, hell yes. i was just thinking about this fight
Being older than dirt I remember this one and it never really gets mentioned how much of a shock it was.

GameGod
01-09-2010, 02:27 PM
I'll give my top 3. After there, it diverges. But I'm pretty sure these are the three longest odds.


James "Buster" Douglas vs. "Iron" Mike Tyson (Odds: 45/1): Tyson was the King. The undefeated, undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the world, with a record of 37-0 with 34 KOs, against a second-rate middle class fighter with no less than 4 losses and a draw in 35 fights (Tyson normally knocked out people with records like 40-1 in Round 1). Who wins? The bum!
Kirkland Laing vs. Roberto Duran (Odds: 32/1): The real-life Rocky story. Laing had a simply shocking record of 23-13-1 (easily comparable to Rocky Balboa's), and while Duran was no longer anything like Apollo Creed, he was still incredibly powerful, fast and skillful. Laing won, rather shockingly.
James J. Corbett vs. John L. Sullivan (Odds: est. 17/1): Granted that James Corbett was far from a bum, no one knew that before his fight with John L. Sullivan. The undefeated Sullivan, with his "unrealistic" record of 184-0-1 going into the fight, and having won his last 170 bouts and defended his "title" around 30 times (it was not a real title then, unfortunately), Sullivan took on a rookie in Corbett, who was 14-0. Astonishingly, Corbett managed to win in another huge upset.

paSSion
01-09-2010, 02:30 PM
1)Muhammad Ali Vs George Foreman
2)Mike Tyson Vs James "Buster" Douglas
3)Bernard Hopkins Vs Felix Trinidad
4)Ricky Hatton Vs Kostya tszyu
5)Hasim Rahman Vs Lennox Lewis I
6)Evander Holyfield Vs Mike Tyson I & II
7)Michael Moorer Vs Evander Holyfield
8)George Foreman Vs Michael Moorer
9)Corrie Sanders Vs Wladimir Klitchsko
10)Roy Jones Jr Vs Antonio Tarver II

who do you guys have??

good list, but why foreman vs ali? ali the greatest fighter ever, foreman was also great for his time, one of them had to lose the fight xD

sonnyboyx2
01-09-2010, 02:34 PM
I'll give my top 3. After there, it diverges. But I'm pretty sure these are the three longest odds.


James "Buster" Douglas vs. "Iron" Mike Tyson (Odds: 45/1): Tyson was the King. The undefeated, undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the world, with a record of 37-0 with 34 KOs, against a second-rate middle class fighter with no less than 4 losses and a draw in 35 fights (Tyson normally knocked out people with records like 40-1 in Round 1). Who wins? The bum!
Kirkland Laing vs. Roberto Duran (Odds: 32/1): The real-life Rocky story. Laing had a simply shocking record of 23-13-1 (easily comparable to Rocky Balboa's), and while Duran was no longer anything like Apollo Creed, he was still incredibly powerful, fast and skillful. Laing won, rather shockingly.
James J. Corbett vs. John L. Sullivan (Odds: est. 17/1): Granted that James Corbett was far from a bum, no one knew that before his fight with John L. Sullivan. The undefeated Sullivan, with his "unrealistic" record of 184-0-1 going into the fight, and having won his last 170 bouts and defended his "title" around 30 times (it was not a real title then, unfortunately), Sullivan took on a rookie in Corbett, who was 14-0. Astonishingly, Corbett managed to win in another huge upset.

Kirkland Laing had a record of 23-3-1 with 2 of those defeats coming against Colin Jones in fantastic fights with Laing way ahead on the judges scorecards only for Jones to catch up with him in both fights scoring a KO

GJC
01-09-2010, 02:51 PM
James J. Corbett vs. John L. Sullivan (Odds: est. 17/1): Granted that James Corbett was far from a bum, no one knew that before his fight with John L. Sullivan. The undefeated Sullivan, with his "unrealistic" record of 184-0-1 going into the fight, and having won his last 170 bouts and defended his "title" around 30 times (it was not a real title then, unfortunately), Sullivan took on a rookie in Corbett, who was 14-0. Astonishingly, Corbett managed to win in another huge upset.[/LIST]

Tricky doing these things when looking back, which is why I stuck to fights in my living memory.
Corbett having only 14 fights and being a rookie is debatable given the amount of unverifiable cash fights these guys had then.
In the fights that are verified you have Choynski and more importantly Jackson, the fact that they gave 14-1 against a man that fought Peter Jackson to a standstill a year before was very generous.
Also take into account Sullivan was in his mid 30's which was probably the equivalent of being late 40's these days and wasn't in good shape.
Like I say I'm speaking with hindsight here but not that big a shock in my view.

GJC
01-09-2010, 02:53 PM
good list, but why foreman vs ali? ali the greatest fighter ever, foreman was also great for his time, one of them had to lose the fight xD
At the time it was perceived that Ali's best days were behind him.
I'm trying to think of a current equivalent, I was leaning to RJJ but that would probably be a bit of an exageration.

GJC
01-09-2010, 02:56 PM
Kirkland Laing had a record of 23-3-1 with 2 of those defeats coming against Colin Jones in fantastic fights with Laing way ahead on the judges scorecards only for Jones to catch up with him in both fights scoring a KO
Laing always had great skill and was always capable of pulling out a great performance but was unfocassed, Duran hit unlucky basically.
Laing after this biggest win of his career then disappeared for 6 months or so and a year later loses to a journeyman. Such a waste.

sonnyboyx2
01-09-2010, 03:35 PM
Laing always had great skill and was always capable of pulling out a great performance but was unfocassed, Duran hit unlucky basically.
Laing after this biggest win of his career then disappeared for 6 months or so and a year later loses to a journeyman. Such a waste.

very true... Britain had some very good fighters in the late 70s early 80s in almost every weight division.

Roberto Duran fought 2 more British fighters after he fought Laing... any ideas who they were?

GJC
01-09-2010, 03:41 PM
very true... Britain had some very good fighters in the late 70s early 80s in almost every weight division.

Roberto Duran fought 2 more British fighters after he fought Laing... any ideas who they were?
You sure Bundana's not your alt lol.
Wasn't there an Irish guy Cuthbert ish? No clue on the other.
Must admit to pretty much tuning out on Duran after the 3rd SRL fight .

GJC
01-09-2010, 03:46 PM
You sure Bundana's not your alt lol.
Wasn't there an Irish guy Cuthbert ish? No clue on the other.
Must admit to pretty much tuning out on Duran after the 3rd SRL fight .
I cheated and checked boxingrec, Mike Culbert?
As for the other I could click on them individually but none of them ring a bell without going the long way.
Please tell me its Terry Thomas I would so love that :) Not sure whether the significance would register with non English or younger posters though.

rocky_balboa23
01-09-2010, 03:48 PM
at last a reasonable thread..=) thanks TS