In most boxing matches, real big fans can often pick which fighter is going to win based on odds, past history or more. If a guy like Floyd Mayweather is fighting, you can rest assured he was going to likely win the fight. However, throughout history, there have been some fights that 99% of people thought would go one way, actually ended up going the other.
1. Antonio Tarver vs. Roy Jones Jr.
Before this fight, Roy Jones Jr. was 49-1 and was on top of the world. In addition to this, Jones had just beaten Tarver less than a year earlier and many thought he would easily do it again. And after the first round, in which Jones landed some great shots, many thought he was well on the way to winning. But during the second round, Tarver hit a huge left hook that knocked Jones out. Since the fight, Jones was never the same again.
2. Manny Pacquiao vs. Oscar De La Hoya
Before Pacquiao was the world famous champion he is now, he was nothing but a stepping stone for Oscar De La Hoya to beat en route to a fight against Floyd Mayweather. But that is not what happened at all. Pacquiao, who was moving up in weight, laid down an eight round beatdown on De La Hoya, in what would be De La Hoya’s final fight ever.
3. Corrie Sanders vs. Wladamir Klitschko
Ahead of this fight, Klitschko was a champion and was the most dominant fighter in years in the heavyweight division. Sanders on the other hand, had very few significant wins. This all added up to another easy win for Klitschko to stay busy. But right from the start of the fight, that wasn’t the case. Sanders came out going balls to the wall and actually dropped the champ two times in the first round. Knowing he had his opponent hurt, Sanders came out hard for the second round and finished the job.
4. Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman
You may be wondering how one of the most legendary fighters of all time could get an upset win, but he was most definitely an underdog in this fight. This is because he was thought to be past his prime, fighting an absolute killer in Foreman who was decimating everyone he fought, including Joe Frazier (who beat Ali). This fight as given the name “Rumble in the Jungle” and took place in Zaire. Because it was so hot, Ali executed a strange game plan of letting Foreman gas himself out before finally knocking out the tired man in the 8th round.
5. Buster Douglas vs. Mike Tyson
This is easily the biggest upset in history and I don’t think it is really even close. Tyson was 37-0 at this point and was a massive 42 to 1 favorite over Douglas and only one casino offered that line. It was thought that once hit, Douglas would simply crumble just like everyone else that Tyson had faced. Right from the opening bell, Douglas dominated the fight. In the 8th round, Tyson almost won the fight, but when Douglas got up before the 10 count, Tyson was all but finished. He was finally put out of his misery by Douglas in the 10th round and Tyson was no longer undefeated.