Top 10 Boxers Avenging Defeats
A loss can be critical to a boxer’s career these days but there is plenty of form which suggests fighters can avenge defeats and go on to great success as a result. George Groves is desperate for a rematch after his controversial loss to Carl Froch and he will take inspiration from the following men, including the man who defeated him in Manchester.
10. Carl Froch v Mikkel Kessler (2013)
Carl Froch had a perfect record from 26 fights and the WBC super-middleweight title around his waist when he travelled to Denmark to meet Mikkel Kessler in 2010. He lost a controversial points decision and had to wait three years for the rematch most thought he deserved. In front of a packed O2 Arena in London the Cobra barely lost a round and scored a one-sided unanimous decision.
9. Bernard Hopkins v Roy Jones Jr (2010)
Rarely has a rematch taken so long to be made as the 17 years it took for Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr to get back in the ring together. They first met way back in1993 for the IBF middleweight title, a bout which Jones Jr won comfortably on points. They returned for the second contest in 2010 somewhat heavier at light-heavyweight and Hopkins got his revenge with a clear points win although the fight was a bizarre one with both men throwing illegal punches and even a brawl at the end of the sixth involving entourages and security.
8. Miguel Cotto v Antonio Margarito (2011)
Two brilliantly brutal contests were shared between these two great warriors with the Mexican coming out on top in the first and the Puerto Rican emerging victorious from the second. Margarito scored a late stoppage in 2008 to hand Cotto his first loss in 33 fights but Junito returned the favour in 2011 by ending the bout in round 10 with Margarito’s eye swollen shut.