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    What are some of the fights you have deemed inexplicable losses to opponents that should have never been there in the first place? (Or so it seemed)

    One of my top all-time fights in this regard is Ali-Spinks I. Who the hell was Leon Spinks... and how on Earth did Muhammad Ali end up losing to THAT bum??

    That's why when they talk about the times Ali recaptured the HW title... I tend to disregard his rematch with Spinks. It's like he never should have lost to Spinks in the first place... therefore it doesn't count.

    Another one is RJJ vs Antonio Tarver. Jones, a total ATG, gets KTFO'ed in ugly fashion against Tarver. WTF was that??

    That's one of the things to love about boxing.

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    Roy Jones losing and getting himself disqualified against Montell. The fight was his and in the bag.

    Terry Norris getting disqualified against Santana twice when there was no need. Terry somehow lost to an old Simon Brown by getting knocked out. It should not have happened.

    Evander Holyfield was winning the first fight against Bowe by boxing beautifully but then got hit low and just ended up in a unnecessary war with the bigger man. Wrong tactics and lost his head.

    Golota was beating Bowe twice and he blew his victory by losing his mind.
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    Default Re: Inexplicable Losses

    Audley Harrison losing to Wilder.

    He was in total control of that fight and then unfairly hit on the break by a sucker punch he never recovered from.

    If not for that we wouldn't have the debacle we have now with wilder potentially scuppering fury v aj.
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    Default Re: Inexplicable Losses

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark TKO View Post
    Audley Harrison losing to Wilder.

    He was in total control of that fight and then unfairly hit on the break by a sucker punch he never recovered from.

    If not for that we wouldn't have the debacle we have now with wilder potentially scuppering fury v aj.

    Indeed

    Unlucky Audley was denied HW greatness by that sucker punch.

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    Default Re: Inexplicable Losses

    Zab Judah losing to Baldomir. inexplicable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimTrae View Post
    Zab Judah losing to Baldomir. inexplicable.
    Floyd still ending up fighting Zab after which was an inexcusable contest. Still does not make sense, so Zab did not lose that much.
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    Default Re: Inexplicable Losses

    Holyfield v Moorer 1 , Evander boxed poorly against a man he went on to destroy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Lord Al View Post
    Holyfield v Moorer 1 , Evander boxed poorly against a man he went on to destroy.
    You could tell that was a different slower and less active Holyfield. I was urging him to pick up the pace as he would beat Moorer. Think he even knocked him down in their first fight but was it his shoulder or heart condition that meant he could not do that extra bit more to beat Morrer? Very frustrating.

    Actually Michael Moorer was strolling to a victory against George Foreman winning every round until he got in the way of that right hand. I think he hates himself for losing that fight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Master View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Lord Al View Post
    Holyfield v Moorer 1 , Evander boxed poorly against a man he went on to destroy.
    You could tell that was a different slower and less active Holyfield. I was urging him to pick up the pace as he would beat Moorer. Think he even knocked him down in their first fight but was it his shoulder or heart condition that meant he could not do that extra bit more to beat Morrer? Very frustrating.

    Actually Michael Moorer was strolling to a victory against George Foreman winning every round until he got in the way of that right hand. I think he hates himself for losing that fight.
    I bet if you looked at the trousers hanging in his closet you could see the imprints on his clothing where he kicked himself constantly.

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    Default Re: Inexplicable Losses

    This one is tricky. The 'no business being there' seems to rule many of these out and leans more to huge upsets in odd ways? I think of maybe Ray Mercer going from a one man wrecking crew vs Morrison and then dropping his belt to instead take the 'easy money' vs Holmes and looking absolutely clueless. Or Mercer on the literal doorstep of a title fight and a million vs Bowe only to lose a tune up with Jesse Ferguson. Jeff Fenech getting one punch obliterated by Calvin Grove seemed inexplicable. Azumah Nelson having 4 friggin fights with James Leija and going 1-2-1.

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    Default Re: Inexplicable Losses

    Duran losing to Kirkland Laing was totally unexpected. Kirkland was brilliant that fight but Duran was a legend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Master View Post
    Duran losing to Kirkland Laing was totally unexpected. Kirkland was brilliant that fight but Duran was a legend.

    And yet he's so modest. He never even mentions it here.

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    Default Re: Inexplicable Losses

    jersey joe walcott vs. abe simon

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    Default Re: Inexplicable Losses

    Larry Holmes with everything on the line, 48-0, and failing to throw more than 10 straight right hand leads in 15 rounds against Michael Spinks, and failing to listen to Rich Giacchetti screaming/begging/cursing at him by the 8th round "Larry what the fuck is going on?! You're losing it man, you're blowing it! Throw the right, Larry, throw the fucking right!".....

    And Larry didn't throw the right......

    And Michael Spinks won.

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    Default Re: Inexplicable Losses

    Billy Backus v Jose Napoles. Willy Wise v Julio C. Chavez was a little bit wtf.

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