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Old 02-22-2010, 03:06 AM   #1
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Default Is Buster Douglas' win over Tyson the biggest upset ?

A lot of boxing experts say that the Buster Douglas win over Tyson was one of the biggest upsets in boxing history being a 42-1 underdog.

However I kind of disagree with that.

Buster Douglas for 1, was a very good skilled technical boxer.
He had 1 awesome jab, was tall at 6.4 and knew how to use his height and reach..He also possessed 1 awesome uppercut, which ended up ending Tyson's night.. He also had a terrific professional fighting style, very loose , relaxed and non-robotic way of fighting.

There is no way he should have been a 42-1 underdog.. That's just way off..

He also had 2 wins against future world champion Oliver Mcall and former world champion Trevor Berbick at the time he fought Tyson.

I really don't see it as the upset people make it out to be.
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Old 02-22-2010, 03:14 AM   #2
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Can you name a bigger upset then ?
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Old 02-22-2010, 03:15 AM   #3
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Default Re: Is Buster Douglas' win over Tyson the biggest upset ?

I think at the time people really thought Tyson was unbeatable. He just had an aura about him that made people think he couldnt be beat hence such long odds for Douglas to win.
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Old 02-22-2010, 03:16 AM   #4
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Default Re: Is Buster Douglas' win over Tyson the biggest upset ?

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Can you name a bigger upset then ?

off the top of my head I can't think of any..
Actually Foreman beating Michael Moore at 45 years of age for the heavyweight championship of the world would be a bigger 1.
I'll try think of more..
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Old 02-22-2010, 03:35 AM   #5
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Default Re: Is Buster Douglas' win over Tyson the biggest upset ?

The 42-1 odds were just a gimmick issued by some bookies. Hardly any were even taking bets on the fight as Tyson was literally an unbackable favourite.

Douglas did have those wins but he'd also previously quit in his only other attempt at a title against Tony Tucker. He was pretty much unknown and Tyson was still thought of as 'the baddest man on the planet'.

Put it this way, it took me three hours to convince a mate that Tyson had lost.

Read 'The Last Great Fight' which covers the whole fight and before and after, a great read.

I'd say its the biggest upset, followed by Tyson-Holyfield I. Who knew Evander had anything left?
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Old 02-22-2010, 04:00 AM   #6
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Default Re: Is Buster Douglas' win over Tyson the biggest upset ?

to be honest i think its not only the biggest upset in boxing history but also the biggest in sporting history

Tyson was seen as invincible, and Douglas was nobody, it wasn't expected to last a round
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Old 02-22-2010, 04:14 AM   #7
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The 42-1 odds were just a gimmick issued by some bookies. Hardly any were even taking bets on the fight as Tyson was literally an unbackable favourite.

Douglas did have those wins but he'd also previously quit in his only other attempt at a title against Tony Tucker. He was pretty much unknown and Tyson was still thought of as 'the baddest man on the planet'.

Put it this way, it took me three hours to convince a mate that Tyson had lost.

Read 'The Last Great Fight' which covers the whole fight and before and after, a great read.

I'd say its the biggest upset, followed by Tyson-Holyfield I. Who knew Evander had anything left?
Pretty much everything Leon has said here is spot on the money. If only he wasn't so wildly inaccurate as to his ***ual allure with women....
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Old 02-22-2010, 04:19 AM   #8
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to be honest i think its not only the biggest upset in boxing history but also the biggest in sporting history

Tyson was seen as invincible, and Douglas was nobody, it wasn't expected to last a round
Im a Tyson fan and yes this looks like the biggest upset in history

But only because of who tyson was and is

I would like to consider what odds Green would have got for a stoppage within 1:22 seconds of round 1?

Also Prescott's KO round 1 of Khan

Now before you jump down my throat I almost shed a tear when tyson got dropped and was looking for his mouthguard on the floor....I just think a few other fightes need to be thought over.

Im sure the black and white nut huggers will have some as well
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Old 02-22-2010, 04:22 AM   #9
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Prescott over Khan - are you kidding? Many in England already had him pegged as more hype than substance and a chinny pretender
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Old 02-22-2010, 04:25 AM   #10
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Prescott over Khan - are you kidding? Many in England already had him pegged as more hype than substance and a chinny pretender
Oh your right I guess you had Prescott KO round 1 as well
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Old 02-22-2010, 04:33 AM   #11
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Default Re: Is Buster Douglas' win over Tyson the biggest upset ?

Leon Spinks - Ali was a decent upset also. Spinks had only had about 6 pro fights at that stage.
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Old 02-22-2010, 04:35 AM   #12
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Leon Spinks - Ali was a decent upset also. Spinks had only had about 6 pro fights at that stage.
Yeah in his 7th pro fight...but people will rave on about his AM fights
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Old 02-22-2010, 04:41 AM   #13
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Default Re: Is Buster Douglas' win over Tyson the biggest upset ?

Also Michael Spinks-Larry Holmes in 1985 was a good upset. Spinks, possibly the best light heavy of all time was NOT expected to beat an old yet still dominant Larry Holmes at heavy.
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Prescott over Khan - are you kidding? Many in England already had him pegged as more hype than substance and a chinny pretender
Oh and Khan has gone on to win world titles and has not lost after the Prescott fight including a win over HOF Barrera....so what if the ***** cant take a good head clash

Prescot has not won since his win over Khan

End of the day it was a huge upset and getting bigger buy the fight...and if Khan beates Paulie in a few months this upset will get bigger.

What if Prescott was to keep getting beaten and Khan goes on winning?
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Old 02-22-2010, 04:42 AM   #15
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Also Michael Spinks-Larry Holmes in 1985 was a good upset. Spinks, possibly the best light heavy of all time was NOT expected to beat an old yet still dominant Larry Holmes at heavy.
Agree but his first win was better IMO
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