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10 future champions who were defeated on their pro debut

Cuba's Robeisy Ramirez isn’t the first boxer to have to dust himself down and come again following a loss in his first pro fight
Bernard Hopkins
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1. Henry Armstrong

Armstrong is rightly celebrated for winning world titles as a featherweight, lightweight and welterweight, and for defending his welterweight title 19 times, but that doesn’t mean it was all plain sailing. Back in 1931, ‘Homicide Hank’ lost his first fight to Al Iovino, when stopped in three rounds, and then lost three of his next four.

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