Fighters you thought were destined to be world champions but failed

Discussion in 'World Boxing Forum' started by anjawnaymiz, Jun 9, 2021.

  1. anjawnaymiz

    anjawnaymiz Unexpected item in bagging area Full Member

    Sep 6, 2008
    Here's my 2 cents (pounds errr... fighters)

    I honestly thought at the time that these two would be world champions.

    Frankie Gavin - World champion in the amateurs and was reported to be the uk's guaranteed gold medal winner at the olympics in 2008, instead he failed weight and turned pro. He did well at british level beating the likes of welborn, witter and vasell but lost to the likes of bundu and brook once stepping up.

    Odlanier Solis- Beat Haye in the amateurs and also beat some good gatekeepers in the pros before challenging Vitali for the world title and then losing also to tony thompson

    Who did you have set in your mind to become world champions only to fail?
  2. Chuck Norris

    Chuck Norris Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Aug 31, 2016
    Some which spring in my mind:

    Rocky Juarez.
    Kevin Mitchell.
    Carlos Buitrago.
    Denver Cuello.
    Felix Verdejo.
    Rakhim Chakhkiev.
  3. anjawnaymiz

    anjawnaymiz Unexpected item in bagging area Full Member

    Sep 6, 2008
  4. northpaw

    northpaw Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jun 5, 2010
    Hank Lundy, I still like Hank. He was on the cusp and a real dog. With better career management I think he could've been

    Curtis Stevens: his career and weight class campaigns were backwards. He should've started small and went up. He literally dropped the older and more shopworn he got and that made him far more fragile.
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  5. Boxing2019

    Boxing2019 If you want peace, prepare war. Full Member

    Jul 22, 2019
    Not me but many thought that


    and Whyte

    Would have become World Champions
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  6. lufcrazy

    lufcrazy requiescat in pace Full Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    Odlanier Solis
    Frankie Gavin
    Matt Skelton
    Kevin Mitchell
    Edner Cherry
    Alfredo Angulo
    James Kirkland
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  7. Reinhardt

    Reinhardt Boxing Addict Full Member

    Oct 4, 2016
    John Mugabi,,but in todays world with 4 belts per division he'd have about 3
  8. Reg

    Reg Boxing Addict Full Member

    Feb 5, 2016
    Mugabi was Ugandan so I doubt he'd have the right backing to position himself into 3 world titles.
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  9. Clinton

    Clinton Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    Jaime Garza
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  10. Eggman

    Eggman "The cream of the crop! Nobody does it better! Full Member

    Dec 2, 2015
    there’s plenty currently active (or in the past decade) African fighters less talented than Mugabi who are/have/ or been given the chance to be world champs
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  11. RacingBeat

    RacingBeat Casual lives matter Full Member

    Sep 14, 2013
    I still watch Kirkland fights wishing for what could’ve been. Lundy is a good shout out
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  12. panchman69

    panchman69 Well-Known Member Full Member

    Sep 10, 2012
    Sammy vasquez jr
    Genaro gamez
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  13. lepinthehood

    lepinthehood Justice Has been Served. Full Member

    Aug 27, 2011
    Chakhkiev just punched himself out every fight. crazy fighter.
  14. Aussie Invader

    Aussie Invader Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jan 5, 2017
    'world champion' is such a loose term in this sport, but if you didn't win 'a belt', you clearly weren't top level.
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  15. Dubblechin

    Dubblechin Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jun 25, 2014
    * Gerry Cooney (After he beat Norton in less than a minute and it took Holmes 15 rounds and a split decision to do it)

    * Howard Davis Jr. (When he signed to fight Jim Watt. All the '76 US Olympians - Leon, Leonard, Tate, Randolph - were winning titles. Seemed like Davis, who was voted the best on the team and was paid more than all of them at the start of his career, was destined. He was not. Against Watt, it wasn't even close.)

    * Andrew Maynard (Won the gold medal at the 1988 Olympics when guys like Bowe and Roy Jones and Carbajal didn't. Signed with Sugar Ray Leonard as his promoter. Seemed on a fast track to win a title. Then got beaten up by Bobby Czyz on national TV and he went off the rails. When he got starched in one round by Tommy Hearns it was totally over. Couldn't help but think that should've been a superfight in the 90s and how could it have all gone so wrong for him.)
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