Fighters who blew a career high pay day, by underestimating an opponent

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by janitor, Jul 13, 2019.

  1. 88Chris05

    88Chris05 Active Member Full Member

    Aug 20, 2013
    Harold Johnson against Willie Pastrano, maybe? Johnson had worked long and hard to finally get full recognition as 175 lb champ and was being lined up for a tilt at the Heavyweight title against Liston. In fact, Liston was ringside to watch Johnson's defence against Willie as a way of building some publicity for the prospective fight. Pastrano still had a reputation as a waster who wasn't making the most of his talent, and his form going in to the fight had been pretty patchy. But he ended up getting the upset win, taking the title and scuppering Johnson's plans for that big-time fight against Liston. Mind you, Pastrano boxed brilliantly, so maybe not a simple case of Johnson overlooking him. But still, it denied him that Liston opportunity.
  2. NoNeck

    NoNeck Pugilist Specialist Full Member

    Apr 3, 2012
    Vivian Harris blew a shot at Floyd Mayweather by getting knocked out by Carlos Mausa on the Mayweather--Gatti undercard.
  3. Ken Ashcroft

    Ken Ashcroft Well-Known Member Full Member

    Dec 23, 2008
    Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini, one of the biggest attractions and most popular fighters of the early 80s had potential muilti-million dollar fights lined up against Hector Camacho and Aaron Pryor but all the plans went out the window when he was beaten by the unheralded Livingstone Bramble.
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2019
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