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The five biggest upsets in boxing history

The heavyweight division is no stranger to some of the biggest upsets in the sport, as Daniel Herbert reveals

3. YOUNG CORBETT W KO 2 TERRY McGOVERN


November 28, 1901

We’re going way back with this one, but the toppling of McGovern in Hartford, Connecticut in November 1901 was a massive upset. Admittedly, this was a time when many boxing results couldn’t be trusted, but the feeling is that McGovern-Corbett was on the level – Terry simply came in over-confident against a smart challenger who turned out to be better than expected.

McGovern had already held the world bantam title before weight problems forced him up to featherweight, where he won a second global crown. The powerfully built 5ft 3in “Terrible” Terry was a cruel puncher, especially to the body – he beat world lightweight king Frank Erne in three rounds of a non-title bout. 
Yet Corbett got to him first, dropping McGovern in the first then putting him away in round two with body blows followed by a jaw shot.

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