How Many Amateur Defeats Were Reversed in the Pro’s?
By Ken Hissner: Amateur defeats have been reversed many times, and the one that comes to mind immediately is when Henry Tillman twice defeated Mike Tyson in the 1984 box-off by split decision and first in the trials by decision. In 1990 Tyson knocked Tillman, 20-4, out in the first round in Las Vegas, NV.
There are major fights coming up and possible rematches from the amateurs to the professionals. In looking at the amateur record of Ryan Garcia, for instance, are the following matches he had: He defeated Brandun Lee, now 27-0 and a super lightweight. He defeated Vergil Ortiz, Jr., 19-0, and is now a welterweight. He was 1-2 against Devin Haney, 29-0, and is now the undisputed lightweight champion. He lost to Shakur Stevenson, 19-0, the former super featherweight world champion now a lightweight.
“Smokin” Joe Frazier lost twice to Buster Mathis in the 1964 Olympic Trials. In 1968 he stopped Mathis, 23-0, for the vacant NY State Athletic Commission title in New York City, NY.
Muhammad Ali then Cassius Clay split in two fights with Jimmy Ellis in the amateurs. In 1971 Ali stopped Ellis, 30-6, in a NABF title fight in Houston, TX.
WBO Heavyweight champion Francesco Damiani lost twice to Tyrell Biggs in the amateurs, of which one was in the 1984 Olympics. He defeated Biggs, 15-1, in 1988 in Milan, Italy.
Tony “TNT” Tubbs lost to Greg Page in the amateurs twice in 1978. In the pro’s he defeated Page, 24-3, in 1985 in his WBA world title defense by decision in Buffalo, NY.
Marvis Frazier lost to James Broad in the 1980 Olympic Trials in his final amateur bout. In April of 1983, he defeated Broad, 12-0, in Atlantic City, NJ.
“Sugar” Ray Leonard lost to Randy Shields in the amateurs in 1973. He defeated Shields, 31-4-1, in 1978 in Baltimore, MD.
Willie De Witt split in two fights with Henry Tillman in 1984, losing the second one in the 1984 Olympics. In his final bout in 1988, he defeated Tillman, 17-3, in Edmonton, CAN.
Nate Miller lost to Orlin Norris in 1986 in the amateurs. In 1985 he defeated Norris, 43-3, in London, UK. In 1998 he lost to Norris, 48-5, in Marksville for the IBA Cruiser title.
Looking forward to others adding to this list!
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