Erik Morales vs. Zahir Raheem 2005 - Morales and Pac fought tuneups on HBO to hype their rematch. HBO announcers previewed it like it was just a two-hour commercial for the big HBO PPV featuring the two. Only, Morales lost. Arum was enraged but so in denial that he didn't even go thru the motions of having Morales fight a rematch with Raheem and win that first. The fight with Manny went ahead anyway. Ron Lyle vs. Jimmy Young 1975 - Ali and Lyle was set. Ali was just going to make a quick trip to Cleveland to pick up his Ring belt and pocket a cool million against journeyman Chuck Wepner. So Lyle took a tuneup against 13-4-2 Jimmy Young in Hawaii ... and proceeded to lose a one-sided decision. Since it wasn't on national TV and most never saw it, the Ali fight went ahead anyway. Jimmy Young vs. Ossie Ocasio 1978 - Since Young did it to Lyle, I thought I'd bring up Young's cherry-pick gone wrong. Entering 1978, Ali was the champ. Ken Norton was the #1 contender. Young was a really really close #2. In Feb. Ali lost to Spinks in a monster upset. In June, the other top heavyweights Young and Norton fought on a doubleheader. Young faced the complete unknown Ossie Ocasio and Norton defended his newly awarded WBC belt against Larry Holmes. Young began the broadcast by losing to Ocasio, which absolutely ZERO people saw coming. And Norton finished off the broadcast by losing to Holmes. Recent loser Ali provided studio commentary. He was as surprised as anyone by what he'd just seen. So was the rest of the country. Within six months, the top three heavyweights in the world had all lost to newcomers named Leon, Ossie and Larry. And the glamorous 70s era of the heavyweight division was basically over, too. Juan Carlos Gomez vs. Yanqui Diaz - Undefeated (37-0) former cruiserweight champ Gomez moved up to much fanfare and immediately grabbed a top 10 rating by the WBA. Took on late sub and former Cuban teammate Yanqui Diaz, who was sort of floundering as a pro, on a Friday the 13th night on a Top Rank Spanish language card. I clicked over to watch it. Shockingly, Gomez was destroyed in one round. Later learned Diaz was the top rated heavyweight in Cuba when Gomez was on the squad. Sort of like what happened with Morrison and Bentt. When two old amateur teammates get together as pros, sometimes the old amateur #1 reminds the hot pro prospect who used to be boss. The loss slowed Gomez's career for a number of years.