Manny Pacquiao got brutally knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez on December 8th. “We will rise again,” said Pacquiao to his fans. And other elite fighters have tried to rejuvenate their careers after tough stoppage loses. Therefore, who are 4 great boxers who have been knocked out?
Roy Jones Jr.
On May 15th, 2004 Roy Jones Jr. faced Antonio Tarver in a rematch. And Jones won the first round with Tarver only landing two punches. However, Tarver hit Jones with a counter left hook that knocked down Jones in the second round and lead to a stoppage victory for Tarver.
Jones was never the same fighter after the knockout. It led to a three fight losing streak. He also was viciously knocked out in his next bout against Glen Johnson. And Jones is sadly still boxing well past his prime at 43 years old.
On April 10th, 2004 Wladimir Klitschko faced the hard hitting Lamon Brewster. Klitschko won the first three rounds of the bout and he knocked down Brewster in the 4th round. But, Brewster staggered Klitschko with a pair of strong left hand punches in the 5th round. And Klitschko took a standing eight count. Then, Klitschko was on unsteady legs as the round ended so the referee stopped the fight.
Klitschko has vastly improved as a boxer since his loss to Brewster. And he has won 17 consecutive fights. He is the best heavyweight boxer in the world and he is a dominant champion that barely even loses round.
Miguel Cotto fought Antonio Margarito on July 26th, 2008. Cotto outboxed Margarito in the early rounds of the fight. And he piled up a good lead on the scorecards.
But, Margarito was relentless with his pressure fighting style. And he landed several strong combinations on him in the start of the 11th round causing Cotto to go to his knee. Then, Margarito continue to overwhelm Cotto with a series of strong punches so Cotto’s trainer Evangelista Cotto trainer threw in the towel.
Cotto is one of the toughest men In boxing. He rebounded from the most devastating loss of his career by defeating Michael Jennings and Joshua Clottey in his next two bouts. And the courageous Cotto avenged his defeat to Margarito by defeating him by TKO in 2011.
On April 22nd, 2001 Lennox Lewis fought Hasim Rahman. And Rahman was a 15 to 1 underdog. Lewis had a good start in the fight and he won the first three rounds. However, Rahman floored Lewis with a huge right hand that brutally knocked him out in the 5th round.
Lewis wanted an immediate rematch with Rahman. And he avenged the defeat by knocking out Rahman in the 4th round on November 17th, 2001. Lewis also showed that he is a resilient boxer by being able to rebound from such a tough loss. And he retired as heavyweight champion after defeating Mike Tyson and Vitali Klitschko in his last two bouts.
Loren Robinson has watched and studied boxing for the past 13 years. He has written for boxing websites such as boxingnews24.com, eastsideboxing.com and pinoygreats.com. You can find more of his writing at the site www.lorenrobinson.com or you can follow him on Twitter, @PowerofWords22
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