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Old 03-06-2010, 06:48 PM   #1
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Default "I only lost to the very best"

Which fighters can really say this and get away with it?

I'll start with Joe Frazier. Only lost to Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, twice each of course.
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Old 03-06-2010, 06:49 PM   #2
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Ricky Hatton..........so far
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Old 03-06-2010, 06:49 PM   #3
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Ricky Hatton!!!!


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Old 03-06-2010, 06:50 PM   #4
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Gene Tunney
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James J Jeffries
Joe Louis
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Old 03-06-2010, 06:51 PM   #6
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I was half tempted to say Oscar De La Hoya.

Of course, each guy that beat him was a great fighter...... but in at least two of those fights he beat himself.



Tommy Hearns only lost to Leonard and Hagler in his prime.
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Max Schmelling was the best?
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Old 03-06-2010, 06:55 PM   #8
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How about Clinton Woods??

Bar the Starie bout, lost to

Jones Jnr
Johnson
Tarver
Cloud (jurys out thus far but could be a LHW ruler for some time)
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Max Schmelling was the best?
Beat the best Joe Louis that anyone did, was HW champ, beat a lot of good contenders

to be fair not many fighters have only lost to the best ever in their division, Foreman isn't the best HW and Frazier lost to him

Hatton is the closest to someone losing to the best of the best
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Old 03-06-2010, 07:03 PM   #10
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How about Clinton Woods??

Bar the Starie bout, lost to

Jones Jnr
Johnson
Tarver
Cloud (jurys out thus far but could be a LHW ruler for some time)
Good shout

Bernard Hopkins (though Taylor isn't the "very best" )
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Good shout

Bernard Hopkins (though Taylor isn't the "very best" )
Plus he lost his first bout
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Old 03-06-2010, 07:06 PM   #12
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Good shout

Bernard Hopkins (though Taylor isn't the "very best" )
I initially thought Popkins but then thought of JT and then ..
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Michael Watson if you don't count his early loss.
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Old 03-06-2010, 07:07 PM   #14
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Beat the best Joe Louis that anyone did, was HW champ, beat a lot of good contenders

to be fair not many fighters have only lost to the best ever in their division, Foreman isn't the best HW and Frazier lost to him
Good point Jack
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Old 03-06-2010, 07:10 PM   #15
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I expected that due to the number of fights the old-timers took part in that the majority of the answers to this thread would be mostly modern fighters, but there are a few old timers with great records
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