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.