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Old 10-30-2011, 07:06 PM   #61
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Default Re: Has a world level fighter ever gone into a fight thinking they'd lose?

According the legend, Joe Gans told those around him that they should simply bet that he could last twenty rounds with Battling Nelson in the third and final fight of their trilogy, instead of placing bets on him to win.

And to respond to what Addie will likely say: Yes, Gans was still a world level operator at that point. Past prime, to be certain (and likely in the early stages of the bout of TB that killed him) but, even so, The Old Master had been world lightweight champ throughout much of that year and wouldn't have been able to hang nearly as long with The Dane had he not retained at least some of what he once had.
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