ATG Fighters Who Lost Their Biggest Fight?

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  1. Fergy

    Fergy Walking Dead Full Member

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    I'm thinking maybe,
    Michael Spinks V Tyson
    Liston v Ali
    Vitali v Lewis
    ???
     
  2. META5

    META5 Active Member Full Member

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    If it's on name and official outcome alone, hate to say it:

    Hearns Vs Leonard
    Benitez Vs Leonard
    Hagler Vs Leonard
    B-Hop Vs RJJ
    Toney Vs RJJ
    Rigo Vs Loma?
    Hamed Vs Barrera?
     
  3. swagdelfadeel

    swagdelfadeel Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Spinks
    Liston
    Ali
    Foreman?? (Depending on if you think his biggest fight was against Frazier, Ali, or Moorer).
     
  4. Reinhardt

    Reinhardt Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Ali in the FOTC
    Dempsey vs Tunney
    Manny vs Floyd
     
  5. Smokin Bert

    Smokin Bert Boxing Addict Full Member

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    De la Hoya vs Trinidad. (At least on the official scorecards)
     
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  7. JohnThomas1

    JohnThomas1 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Is it fair to say Ali was only considered Liston's biggest fight in hindsight? I think people gave Patterson more chance of beating him, yes?
     
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  8. swagdelfadeel

    swagdelfadeel Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Yeah I guess you're right. I stand corrected. It was hardly an anticipated superfight everyone needed at the time. It was really only considered a historical footnote as Ali's career was over, as it was the first major mile mark of the GOAT heavy.
     
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  9. swagdelfadeel

    swagdelfadeel Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    I'd say Tyson's fight with Spinks was much bigger.
     
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  10. Olu G. Rotimi

    Olu G. Rotimi Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Hearns vs Hagler and Leonard.
     
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  11. Bulldog24

    Bulldog24 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Hopkins vs Jones wasn’t a big fight by any stretch. It was an undercard bout on a small bill in Washington. He had far bigger fights with Trinidad, Oscar and Calzaghe.
     
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  12. Bulldog24

    Bulldog24 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    There’s no official definition for ‘ATG’ either. They are the fighters who got the breaks, right management and kept winning and/or coming back to win when there were only 1-2 belts and less divisions. It gets hazy from the 80s onwards, and comes down to connections with promoters and networks and stuff more than anything I think.
     
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  13. META5

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    It's a hindsight assessment - Hop's fights with them were bigger in real time, but with hindsight, that's the best fighter and therefore the biggest fight that Hop was in with for my money.

    A bit like Sanchez and Nelson - Sal was known but of course, Azumah goes on to do things that heighten the quality of both Sal's win and Azumah's performance in my book.