SHOCKS IN BOXING:
By Bryan Connolly
Boxing is a sport where two gladiators walk into the ring, fight from anything from four rounds to twelve rounds and then usually one fighter has his hands held high at the end.
While there are occasions where fights are 50/50, more often than not some opponents are simply brought into lose, at least on paper, fights where the bookies give them little or no chance of victory.
Everyone knows how it works, some boxers are in the ring simply to give the house fighters experience and keep them ticking over. There of course instances where even in title fights, so called no hopers spring the surprise.
That isn’t always the case is it, and here are 3 fights where the underdog comes away with the shock victory.
AMIR KHAN VS BREIDIS PRESCOTT
When Khan (18-0) fought Prescott (19-0) even though both were undefeated, Khan walked into this fight in Manchester as the heavy favourite.
Khan was the WBO Inter Continental Champion and the Commonwealth Champion in the lightweight division and was destined for bigger and better things.
There was fireworks in the first round, well 54 seconds to be exact. A stiff jab by Prescott jerked Khan’s head back and then he landed a left hook to the temple, which shook Khan to his boots. Instead of holding, Khan threw a punch, but Prescott landed another left hook, right hook combination which sent Khan crashing to the canvas. He managed to get up and got hit by another left hook.
Prescott wins KO ROUND 1
GEORGE FOREMAN VS MICHAEL MOORER
Having just lost to Tommy Morrison, Foreman was unranked and in no position to demand a title shot. However, his profile made him a prospect with little risk to the champion.
November 5th in 1994 in Las Vegas, Foreman challenged for the Heavyweight Title, and he wore the same shorts as he wore in the Rumble in the Jungle.
For nine rounds, Moorer boxed and moved and was superior in speed and on the scorecards, but ever so slowly Foreman was getting to him and trying to set up the big right hand, at this stage his only route to victory.
Then in the 10th Foreman connected, a short right hand caught Moorer flush on the chin, and opened him up. He collapsed on the canvas and the referee counted him out. Foreman became the oldest Heavyweight Champion at the age of 45.
FOREMAN WIN KO ROUND 10
MIKE TYSON VS BUSTER DOUGLAS
February 1990 in Tokyo, Buster Douglas was given no hope in his quest for the undisputed Heavyweight Championship.
Tyson’s personal life was in ruins and it is reported his training regime wasn’t as strenuous as normal. Douglas’ build up wasn’t great either as he had lost his mother 23 days before fight night due to a stroke. Despite this, Douglas whipped his body into the best shape it had ever been and fought the fight of his life.
Tyson failed to see a way past Douglas’ fast jab but in the eighth round Tyson knocked his opponent down with an uppercut, and that was then centre of all the long count shenanigans post fight where Don King shamelessly tried to save Tyson’s crown.
But despite the setback, this seemed to spur Douglas on again and he gave Tyson a beating in the next round.
In round ten, Douglas unleashed a brutal uppercut and followed it up with a flurry of hooks that sent Tyson to the canvas for the first time in his career, and he didn’t beat the count, and the famous scenes trying to retireve his mouthpiece featured in the newspapers the next day.
DOUGLAS WINS KO ROUND 10