Great boxers who just walked away

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  1. JackSilver

    JackSilver Well-Known Member Full Member

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    He probably thought that Tyson would have been undisputed champion for years and he knew that he wouldn’t have any chance even if they fought 100 times so without a chance of winning a title again there was no point in carrying on plus the money he got for the fight set him up for life.
     
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  2. mcvey

    mcvey Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Did you not notice the word GREAT in the title? Because,apart from the first two you named, none of the others were GREAT fighters!
     
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  3. Sting like a bean

    Sting like a bean Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Tunney and Marciano come to mind immediately.
     
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    Floyd Patterson, who Red Cobra already mentioned, is the first I thought of in direct relation to the question. He actually never did announce his retirement after the second Ali fight. Many speculated on his return. One magazine even suggested he may come back as a light heavy. But he just went quietly into the night without fanfare.
     
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    Walter McGowan
     
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    The Morlocks Boxing Addict Full Member

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    pathetic.
    It took3 pages to come up w the only true besides Tunney and Marciano who left on top and never returned. Wow. Kudos Red.
     
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  9. JackSilver

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    Hold on, I just notice that line. That ‘disappeared and never heard of again’ line kinda disqualifies just about every big name that’s been mentioned in the entire thread so far!

    Marciano died tragically early but up until then still kept a pretty high profile after his last fight and anyway I’m sure there must have been plenty of rumors, whether fake or not that he was coming back after he officially retired?
     
  10. young griffo

    young griffo Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Jimmy McLarnin might fit this bill.

    He beat more HOF fighters than you could poke a stick at, won two undisputed world titles and retired after back to back wins over legends in Tony Canzoneri and Lou Ambers then walked away from the sport, financially secure and never contemplating a comeback. He also lived a very long and happy life afterwards. Fairly rare in boxing sadly.
     
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    Marvin Hagler.
     
  13. mcvey

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    There was no mention of retiring ,"on top," in the thread's title.
     
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    Who knows. He had the skills and talent. But how much do you think that demolition job took out of him both physically and mentally. Can't imagine he's the same guy after.
     

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