Former middleweight contender
I think people forget Tyson-Holyfield 1. No one thought Holyfield had a chance in that fight. Because Holyfield had lost to Michael Moorer he was probably seen as past it. Tyson out of jail, was chewing everyone up and people were genuinely worried for Holyfield.
I remember waking up to shocking photos of Mike Tyson scrambling around, picking his gumshield up on all fours. ‘Favourite’ is the wrong type of word, but Tyson-Buster Douglas I don’t think that will ever get beat for me.
Commonwealth Games gold medallist
My favourite choice for the biggest upset in boxing history would be James Buster Douglas v Mike Tyson. The reason being he lost his mother a couple of weeks before the fight and used it as motivation to become a world champion. Something I can relate in my amateur days, when I first joined GB having just lost my dad and then become EU champion.
My favourite upset was Lloyd Honeyghan beating Don Curry. I’d followed some of the build up and really wanted Honeyghan to win despite so many people thinking he wouldn’t be able to deal with Curry who was a pound-for-pound great at the time.
Former British titlist
Nigel Benn was the underdog against Gerald McClellan. That sticks out in my mind because Nigel Benn was my main man, my dad loved him. That was during the fight, it had a tragic outcome afterwards unfortunately. Not my ‘favourite’ but it had the biggest impact on me.
‘Favourite’ might be the wrong word but I was ringside for Joshua-Ruiz in NYC and it was the most thrilling, stupefying sporting moment I’ve ever experienced. As an upset it is right up there as one of the most shocking.