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Old 07-29-2007, 07:03 PM   #37
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Default Re: what where the 10 greatest upsets in boxing history?

Originally Posted by Duodenum
1---SRL/Hagler. Even if adopting the position that Marv was the rightful winner, there was nothing to indicate Ray could compete with Marv like that. Although only 30 years old, he'd had only one match over the preceding five years, against fringe WW contender Kevin Howard, a bout in which Ray sustained his first career knockdown, and would have lost badly if the referee did not award him with a ninth round gift stoppage. Beyond that, southpaws Ayub Kalule and Larry Bonds exposed significant technical deficiencies of Ray's against left handed opposition, and he was entering a contest against the consensus greatest southpaw champion in boxing history, as well as the generally acclaimed number one P4P boxer in the world at that time. Even with a shortened 12 round limit, ten ounce gloves, and a ring size suited for Ray, the quality of his performance still makes no sense in hindsight.
i think most people forget how many experts and celebrities, not to mention fans, were actually picking leonard to win the fight.
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