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Panel: What’s your favourite upset from boxing history?

Evander Holyfield vs Mike Tyson boxing history
We ask a panel of experts about what for them have been the most significant upsets in boxing history

Matthew Macklin
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.

Dave Coldwell
Leading trainer

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.

Lisa Whiteside
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.

Micky Helliet
Boxing manager

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.

Paul Edwards
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.

Declan Taylor
Sports reporter

‘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.

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