The Ill-Advised Comeback

By Ted Sares on August 7, 2013
The Ill-Advised Comeback
It was like watching a close friend or family member engaging in an ignominious exercise.

The message here is crystal clear and harsh; most comebacks end up being an exercise in embarrassment and even ignominy. Most are ill-advised…

“I am one imperfect man saved by God’s grace.”— Mark Sanford, South Carolina

In a three-way race for the presidency between Richard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey, and independent candidate George Wallace, Nixon defeated Humphrey in 1968. Nixon’s remarkable comeback came after two close defeats (the first to John F. Kennedy in 1960 and the second to Edmund Brown for California governor in 1962). Nixon’s return was the result of a carefully strategized and crafted plan; he had been one of the few top Republicans not blamed for the disastrous Goldwater results in1964, and he built on that in the 1966 congressional elections. Earning political favors and support, he campaigned for many Republicans seeking to regain seats lost in the Johnson landslide and he regained political gravitas for helping the Republicans make major gains in the midterm election. It would serve him well in the future. If Bill Clinton was “The Comeback Kid,” Dick Nixon laid the blueprint.

Fast Forward to 2013

“Please understand I am a very important man.”—Anthony Weiner to CNN’s Dana Bush

These days we are witness to another political comeback but one that is blatantly ill-advised—that of the arrogant Anthony Wiener who thankfully is falling in the polls like a stone in water in his maniacal quest for Mayor of New York City. However, a word to the wise is necessary. In politics, even the ill-advised comeback can end in a shocking surprise. Case in point: Marion Barry of Washington D.C.

In some ways, political comebacks are like boxing comebacks; however, instead of restoring disproportionate ego needs and recapturing power and influence, the incentive in boxing is almost always a financial one. An exception was Henry Maske’s single comeback fight after an eleven year layoff. Henry simply had something to prove about losing for the first time in his career and against all odds and advice, he set out to do just that.

Henry Maske (2007)

“In the early 1900s, James J. Jeffries looked good physically when he got into the ring against Jack Johnson after six years’ inactivity but could offer only gameness in a mismatch. Joe Louis, after a two-year absence, moved like an old man at the age of 35 when Ezzard Charles outboxed him. More recently Axel Schulz looked dreadful when, after a seven-year retirement, he was beaten up by Brian Minto. Now it is Maske’s turn. He says he wants to avenge the only loss he ever suffered.”—Graham Houston

“This is not good for the sport…If things go normally, Henry doesn’t have a ghost of a chance. He can’t have any reflexes left.”—Sven Ottke

“I predict an easy win for Hill, possibly by knockout in the mid rounds.”—Ron Hansen (ESB 3-28-07)

“Either he’s bored and has earned too much money and doesn’t know what he should do now. Or he needs money. I can’t imagine that he’ll beat Hill.”—Dariusz Michalczewski

Henry Maske lost a SD to Virgil Hill (42-1) in 1996. Though he was only 33 years old at the time, Maske decided to call it a career with a 30-1 record rather than seek a rematch and try to regain his title. Maske, who has often been called “the gentleman boxer” because of his classic style and excellent manners both inside and outside the ring, stayed retired for 11 years, but in late 2006 he announced that he would go into training for another go at Hill. Many Maske fans feared at the time that “The Gentleman” would ruin his status as a German sports idol by risking a one-sided beating at the hands of Hill, a future Hall of Famer who owned five titles.

The cruiserweight fight was held on March 31, 2007, in Munich, Germany and Maske shocked the boxing world by doing the improbable, if not the impossible, and winning a solid 12-round unanimous decision. This amazing achievement solidified Henry’s standing as one of Germany’s most popular sports figures. But make no mistake; what Henry Maske did was not the norm.

Others

Relatively few boxers make successful comebacks. Notable exceptions that quickly come to mind are Vitali Klitschko, George Foreman, and Carlos Palomino.

Vitali Klitschko (2008)

On November 9, 2005, Vitali Klitschko announced his retirement from professional boxing and vacated his title. He had been training to fight Hasim Rahman, but unfortunately, just nine days before the fight, he had entangled his leg with his sparring partner, causing them to fall. He snapped his anterior cruciate ligament, a serious injury that required surgery and which would take up to a year to heal. There was the distinct possibility that it would be career ending. However, four years later Vitali took advantage of his champion emeritus status and secured a title challenge against the reigning WBC champion Samuel Peter. In a remarkable display of athleticism, Vitali totally dismantled the younger champion over eight rounds after which a swollen-faced Peter slumped on his stool, dejectedly shook his head, and asked that the beatdown be stopped. With the comeback win, Dr. Ironfist’s record moved to 36-2. Today it stands at 45-2.

George Foreman (1987)

Big George’s comeback was more like a second career. In 1987, after 10 years away from the ring, he surprised the boxing world by announcing a return at the age of 38. His record at the time was 45-2. He won his first 24 comeback bouts before losing to Evander Holyfield in 1991. In 1994, he rattled the boxing world when he beat Michael Moorer for the WBA heavyweight title. Big George eventually retired after being robbed in a November 1997 fight against Shannon Briggs. It was one of the worse decisions in boxing history. Foreman’s final record was 76-5.

Carlos Palomino (1978)

Palomino came back after an 18–year layoff and won four straight fights by KO before losing to talented Wilfredo Rivera by UD in 1998 in a competitive tussle at the Olympic in LA. One of his wins was a shocking first round KO of bomber Rene Arredondo (46-11) which sent the heavy-handed Mexican into forced retirement.

Special Mention

Muhammad Ali rebuilt his career after being stripped of his titles over draft issues related to the war in Vietnam. That he virtually picked up in 1970 where he left off in 1967 was remarkable. Later, however, he would launch a poorly conceived comeback against Larry Holmes in 1980 and paid a terrible price.

Eder Jofre lost to Fighting Harada in 1966. Jofre returned in 1969 and proceeded to win his next 25 fights in a row and retired with a 72-2-4 record.

After an unsuccessful three-year spell as a dancer, Sugar Ray Robinson returned to the boxing ring where his dancing ability was more appreciated and quickly won a middleweight title.

The Ill-Advised Comeback: The Norm

“A boxing ring is no place to grow old. It is no place to chase after faded glory, either. Nearly everyone who ever tried ends up either on their back, in the hospital or, as was the case with Jeff Fenech and Azumah Nelson, being booed for their incompetence at a sport they once mastered.”—Ron Borges (The Sweet Science 6-25-08)

“Perhaps half of the crowd recognized the man in the opposite corner. Some may have found it necessary to squint.”—Ted Spoon

Bert Cooper (2013)

By his own admission, Smokin’ Bert Cooper needs money and has returned to the ring after eight years. Bert won his first two before losing his next three. Bert is now schedule to fight Wes Taylor later this month. Wes has a China chin but can punch thus offering a modicum of challenge to Bert. Should Bert win, he will likely continue on but at age 47, such a decision—to borrow a well-worn phrase from boxing’s lexicon—would be ill-advised.

David Tua (2013)

David Tua is embarking on a second comeback and because he has picked a 6-foot-8-inch, 300-pound Russian/Belarusian monster with a 28-1 record by the name of Alexander “The Great” Ustinov instead of the usual fodder, this one might also be ill-advised. Of course, the need for money is a great motivator. After all, most comebacks are about the money.

Fitz Vanderpool (2013)

The 45 year-old “Whip” came back in September 2012 after seven years and won two UDs, but then he met undefeated Brandon Cook this past June and was stopped in the first round. The affable Fitz has been in with the best, but no one as tough as Father Time.

Ricky Hatton (2012)

“Without a doubt, I’ve had the greatest win of my life, overcoming the personal demons that I have…I’ve won this already. No matter what might happen in a fight, I am already the winner.”—Ricky Hatton

The Hitman waited more than three years to see if he still had it and for most of the fight against Vyacheslav Senchenko in November2012 in Manchester, it appeared that he did. But then it all ended in the ninth round when Ricky went down from a left to the body and that was that. However, this time Ricky was emotionally prepared to deal with it and move on.

Greg Page (2001)

“It was a fight Greg Page never should have fought, in a broken-down nightclub somebody probably should have closed. The hot air stank. Blood smears stained the tragic results and collateral damage of that fight have the floor of the ring.”—Jim Adams (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Still another badly in need of money, Greg came back in 1996 after having lost badly to Bruce Seldon in 1993. Greg’s life was a study in extremes—of wealth and bankruptcy, of victory and despair. Once a champion of the world but now too many years into a very long career and clearly past his best, he nevertheless quickly ran off a string of early round KOs against the very worse opposition on the circuit. The opponents even included the infamous James Holly who ended his highly dubious career with five wins and 55 losses, with all his defeats coming by way of knockout. Greg also managed to beat Tim Witherspoon in 1999. Finally, with few safety precautions present, he fought and was knocked out by Dale Crowe in Erlanger, Kentucky in March 2001. He was 42 years old at the time, in the midst of what Page’s handlers were wrongly calling a comeback.

The collateral damage, implications, and tragic results of that fight have been vetted and need minimal elaboration here. Suffice it to say that Page filed a lawsuit against the state of Kentucky and settled for $1.2 million in 2007. As part of the settlement, boxing safety regulations the state earlier and promptly enacted were named the “Greg Page Safety Initiative.” Unfortunately, Greg passed away in March 2009 at age 50 after a long and gallant, albeit painful, fight against the many complications resulting from the Crowe fight. His wife and loving caregiver, Patricia, passed at age 50 in 2011.

Sugar Ray Leonard (1997)

“A fighter never knows when it’s the last bell. He doesn’t want to face that.”—Sugar Ray Leonard

One of the most notorious comeback decisions involved none other than Sugar Ray Leonard when he somehow reasoned that he could reproduce enough ring magic (after a six-year ring absence) to beat Hector Camacho (62-3-1). But magic can grow stale. Witnessing the boisterous “Macho Man” destroy an immobile Ray with head-snapping shots was nothing less than distressing. It was like watching a close friend or family member engaging in an ignominious exercise. Adding to the distress, this was the same Sugar Ray who made an earlier comeback (after three years) and won a monumental, though controversial, split decision against Marvelous Marvin Hagler in 1986. It was the first time Sugar Ray had ever been stopped, as Camacho made sure there would be no controversy this time.

Alexis Arguello (1995)

In 1986, the great Alexis Arguello came from behind to stop Billy Costello (31-1) in Reno, Nevada with his patented long and explosive right hand. Had the “Explosive Thin Man” retired there and then, his career would have ended on a high, but like so many others, he had financial needs that compelled a return. Arguello came back and in 1994 and barely squeaked by the terribly limited Jorge Palomares Lopez (2-12-1). Arguello was a shell of his former self. On January 21, 1995, he lost a UD to the “Pink Cat,” feather-fisted Elvis-like Scott Walker. It was painful to witness this once very noble and universally respected warrior with the classic power-laden long right lose to the Cat, but then, most boxing comebacks are painful to witness.

Earnie Shavers (1995)

Four years after losing by DQ to crafty George Chaplin, the “Acorn” returned on May 16, 1987 to beat Larry Sims (3-18-3) in Cincinnati, Ohio. He waited another eight long years before coming back to outpoint the very forgettable Brian Morgan (4-20-1) in the unlikely boxing locale of Omaha, Nebraska. Two months later, Earnie was summarily waxed by the Beast himself, Brian “The Beast” Yates who would go on to end his long career with a dismal 13-86-3 record.

The Beast did not have as much luck against a comebacking Evander Holyfield in 2008 and was stopped in two. Holyfield would make another successful (if unlikely) comeback in 2010 when he stopped Frans Botha in eight.

Danny Lopez (1992)

After “ Little Red”  lost the second of his two grueling fights with the legendary Salvador Sanchez (both in 1980), he retired and should have remained so, but some 12 years later he came back to get KOd in the second round by dreadful Californian Jorge Rodriguez (10-26-2). What was expected to be an easy mark turned out to be a disaster. Rodriguez would never win again losing his next 10 fights and finishing with a dismal 10-36-2 slate. But he would be able to tell his grandchildren that he once knocked out Hall of Fame legend Danny “Little Red” Lopez at the 0.37 second mark of the second round on a cool winter evening at the Marriot Hotel in Irvine, California and nothing in the world can change that.

Gerry Cooney (1990)

The hard-hitting and popular Gerry Cooney was far past his prime when he made the mistake of coming back against former world heavyweight and world light heavyweight champion Michael Spinks in 1987. Spinks perpetrated a brutal beating on Gerry before stopping him in round 5. Cooney’s final fight was in 1990 when he was knocked cold by former world champion George Foreman. Though Cooney stunned Foreman in the first round with a short left hook, Big George simply could not miss with his thunderous power shots in the second round. After his first knockdown of Gerry, Foreman drilled the big Irishman with a short left/ right cross combination that finished the 6’6” Long Islander. This too was distressing to witness as Gerry took a terrible beating and remained on the canvas for several minutes. As for Big George, the Cooney fight marked the point where henceforth he would be taken very seriously in his own comeback

Freddy Cuevas (2008)

Finally, one of my favorite Chicago area fighters, Alfredo” Freddy” Cuevas, retired after suffering a TKO loss on cuts to undefeated John Duddy at Madison Square Garden in 2006. Exactly two years later, Freddy came back to fight future world champion Marco Antonio Rubio and was stopped in five rounds. I mention this one because Freddy and I exchanged emails regarding the wisdom of his comeback, and I could sense his need to prove something to himself and I realized that nothing I could say would change his resolve. I sensed this one was not about money; it was about something else.

There is no end to the number of failed comebacks and maybe you can cite a few. For every Paul Spadafora,  Herbie Hide, Irish Micky Ward or Curtis Stevens, there is a Kevin McBride, Andrew Golota, Jameel McCline, Christy Martin, Shannon Briggs, Brian Nielsen, Corrie Sanders, Frans Botha, Courtney Burton, Riddick Bowe, Israel Cardona, Boone Pultz, Tommy Morrison, Lamar Murphy, Axel Schulz, Gerrie Coetzee, Donald Curry, Joe Frazier, Saoul Mamby, and far too many others.

The message here is crystal clear and harsh; most comebacks end up being an exercise in embarrassment and even ignominy. Most are ill-advised.

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  1. Ted 03:29pm, 08/23/2013

    Marlon Hayes . Out 6 years and comes back obese against Wilder.

  2. Ted 12:12pm, 08/16/2013

    China Smith has just launched a comeback after a 6-year layoff and KO’d poor Rubin Williams in 7. This will not end well. China has a China Chin and Williams is as shot as shot can be.

  3. Ted 12:01pm, 08/16/2013

    Bingo twice Kid

  4. kid vegas 10:55am, 08/16/2013

    Two more:
    William Joppy
    Dwight Muhammad Qawi

  5. Ted 10:48am, 08/16/2013

    Good one Krush!

  6. The Krusher 09:56am, 08/16/2013

    Ray Mancini?

  7. Ted 05:21pm, 08/14/2013

    Thanks Kid. I like it. His last comeback was not a good one.

  8. kid vegas 04:39pm, 08/14/2013

    This is the last one. No more. Hector Camacho Sr.

  9. Ted 05:06am, 08/14/2013

    I want one more. Kid.

  10. kid vegas 09:15pm, 08/13/2013

    Yes I do. Pernell Whitaker.

  11. The Travelling Man 11:59am, 08/12/2013

    Good one Kid. Any others?

  12. kid vegas 10:40am, 08/12/2013

    Feiix Trinidad did an ill-advised comeback twice. Roy Jones got him the second time.

  13. Ted 05:48pm, 08/10/2013

    Eric, you said it all. SRL is an ATG.

  14. Ted 05:41pm, 08/10/2013

    Kid, good one. I didn’t but he will be sedated soon enough.

  15. Eric 04:05pm, 08/10/2013

    I’m certainly no fan of SRL,  but a fighter who bested Duran, Hearns, Hagler and Benitez is undeniably one of the all time greats. SRL’s second fight with Hearns is vastly more “controversial” than his victory over Hagler. I’m still amazed that SRL got knocked out by Hector Camacho regardless the circumstances. Leonard getting knocked out by a former jr. lightweight who was never known as a big puncher is baffling no matter Leonard’s age or conditioning.  This knockout was even more suprising than Holyfield over Tyson in their first fight, Spinks knocking out the much larger Cooney, or Hearns nearly decapitating Duran.

  16. kid vegas 03:50pm, 08/10/2013

    Don’t forget about Oleg Maskaev!

  17. Ted 03:28pm, 08/10/2013

    Come on Mike, he was no cherry picker. He fought tough opposition from the very beginning and won the unofficial round robin against Hagler, Hearns, and Duran.

    You are letting your personal bias creep in there a bit.

  18. bikermike 12:07pm, 08/10/2013

    leonard was harsh to his opponents as well…..he would not go the rematch…as contract stated for Hearns…and he was very unsavory with his match up with Hagler….

    leonard was in the fight business….and while he had it working for him…he was happy…......but when he had to dig in…and fight real opponents…...things didn’t always go his way.

    leonard got what he deserved…and he was wise enough to retire .........he was still doing appearances in Regina Saskatchewan…for money…

    I’ll say leonard was a good fighter…but he chose his spots…..a cherry picker

  19. bikermike 12:01pm, 08/10/2013

    The great Benny Leonard had to come back…..money problems…after the twenty nine crash

    as fit as he was….he was no match for the young lions of the day

  20. Ted 11:59am, 08/10/2013

    Harsh Bikermile. lol

    SRL should have known better. He couldn’t get off. It was terrible for me to witness that. Norris finished him.

  21. bikermike 11:56am, 08/10/2013

    you know….it must have been such a ‘piss off’ for leonard ....who was a known fighter…..to get brutalized by such a punk like camacho…....
    leonard should have never come back after his ‘steal ’ from Hagler…..

    justice of the ring was served…..leonard was never in it….ever…

  22. Ted 05:14pm, 08/09/2013

    My pleasure Biker. That’s my aim—to give the readers something to enjoy, remember, and post about.

  23. bikermike 03:59pm, 08/09/2013

    What a great article…..Thanks again Ted.

  24. bikermike 03:58pm, 08/09/2013

    I had to feel deeply about ‘Big’ George Foreman’s comeback.  After ten years…with a more calculated approach to destruction of his opponents…He did it.

  25. bikermike 03:25pm, 08/09/2013

    Eric….loud cheers and humming bird flurries are not scoring blows.  We will agree to disagree re the theft of the Middleweight Title in 1987

  26. bikermike 03:22pm, 08/09/2013

    That 2007 Henry Maske Virgill Hill ‘thing’ held in Germany…..well…..opinions vary about who did what to who….and who scored the most blows….yada yaday ya…..

    I’d say Texas and Germany are tied for last place….in credible decisions

  27. Ted 03:04pm, 08/09/2013

    Eric, I don’t think it was controversial, but probably 75-855 of the boxing world still does so that’s why it’s called “controversial.” Moreover, it was a split decision which almost by definition makes it controversial.


    As for Hagler, I really can’t agree that he thought he lost. He was so bitter, he just walked away and never came back.


    But like I said , I’m in the 25%.

  28. Eric 01:44pm, 08/09/2013

    I’ve watched the Leonard-Hagler fight numerous times and I watched it live via closed circuit when it happened waaaaay back in ‘87. I CAN’T see how the decision in this fight is even remotely considered “controversial.” Personally, I was never a Leonard fan and admired Hagler, but Leonard won this decision easily. Coincidentally, Leonard was beating Tommy Hearns in their first fight but was “behind” on points, another fight that wasn’t near as close as people made it out. Another Leonard fight that was “called” a close fight was his first fight with Duran, no way, Duran flat out kicked Leonard’s arse in this fight and yet he only won by a razor thin decision. Look at Hagler’s face expression and body language after his fight with Leonard and look at Leonard. Hagler KNEW he got his butt kicked, same thing with the Leonard-Duran I, all one has to do is look at how Duran and Leonard “carried” themselves after the final bell. You need not watch a single minute of Leonard-Duran I, but just view each fighter’s expression and mannerisms AFTER THE BELL, and you will no doubt KNOW that Duran won the fight.

  29. john coiley 12:53pm, 08/09/2013

    I have more than the world of respect for Hagler and how he hung up the gloves without looking back after being robbed by Leonard…

  30. Ted 11:09am, 08/09/2013

    Kid, right you are. Buster only lost once but it was a terrible loss to Lou Saverese. I saw that one live at Foxwoods. But I think he went 7- or 8-1 before he hung them up. He had a 6-year layoff, but his was not a bad comeback.

  31. kid vegas 11:03am, 08/09/2013

    If memory serves me correctly, I think Buster Douglas had a decent comeback after a long layoff.

  32. Ted 10:53am, 08/09/2013

    Neither would Sugar Ray

  33. Don from Prov 10:51am, 08/09/2013

    Never would have believed that Camacho would one day stop Leonard

  34. Ted 09:45am, 08/09/2013

    Spot on John. Vargas already made one against Jovial in 2005. He must weigh 250 by now.

  35. John 09:40am, 08/09/2013

    Nice piece, Ted. Marvin Hagler got it right. After a tough loss to SRL, he left the game and never looked back. I look for a Fernando Vargas comeback someday soon. FYI: He’s fighting-it-out right now in a Ventura County courtroom over money problems with his ex-manager Joe Pecora. That would be yet another ill-advised comeback.

  36. Lee 05:25am, 08/09/2013

    The sad and ironic thing about these failed comebacks is that the sterling qualities that made these men champions and contenders to begin with, the valiance, the utter refusal to lay down etc, these are the things that later doom them, the spirit is still strong but the flesh is oh so weak…

  37. Ted 04:46am, 08/09/2013

    Thanks Reverend Hassler

  38. Tex Hassler 06:47pm, 08/08/2013

    It is very difficult for a fighter to know when to hang the gloves up for good. A sharp trainer may be able to answer that for a fighter if he will listen. I think George Foreman had the most remarkable come back of any fighter ever. As your excellent article pointed out he is one of only a few.

  39. Ted 12:18pm, 08/08/2013

    Quite possibly, he is known more for the way he died than the way he lived. Poor guy.

  40. George Thomas Clark 12:09pm, 08/08/2013

    Poor Fixx had a congenital heart problem that, at least in lay terms, clogged his arteries and shut him down as he ran.

  41. Ted 12:03pm, 08/08/2013

    Ha. Jim Ryun dates you. That guy has to be over 65. Healthnut Jim Fixx was my man until he died during a jog :twisted::

  42. George Thomas Clark 11:57am, 08/08/2013

    I watched Coetzee-Barkley about a month ago.  Coetzee getting stopped by a smaller man - a middleweight in his prime - was like Leonard, a welter-junior welter, getting stopped by Camacho, whose best weight range was 130-140.  In both fights the smaller guy had been much more active.  The same applies in all sports.  The greatest middle distance runner of his generation, Jim Ryun 1964-1972, came to Sacramento for a fun run in about 1991 and was blown away by guys the same age who’d been running lots more miles and racing.

  43. Ted 11:48am, 08/08/2013

    GTC. Indian Red went missing for years and then finally showed up and then died. WTF!

    He was a very decent fighter in his day.

  44. Dr. YouTube 11:46am, 08/08/2013


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfeyiQY6wUs

    Barkley vs. Coetzee.


    From my secret collection

  45. George Thomas Clark 11:40am, 08/08/2013

    Speaking of Danny Lopez, I recently wondered what became of his welterweight-contender brother, Ernie “Indian Red” Lopez.  So I Googled him: died at age 64 of dementia.

  46. Ted 11:32am, 08/08/2013

    B-52 went on to infamy

    Little Red looked horrible—I mean HORRIBLE.

    SRL had something wrong with his right foot.

  47. Ted 11:30am, 08/08/2013

    Maybe one of the most tragic boxing stories ever. And younger brother Bobby is not doing very well either. It makes me cringe just thinking about it.

  48. George Thomas Clark 11:30am, 08/08/2013

    Shavers looked pretty good until he got hit.  Reminds me of some of my modest gym-rat basketball comebacks: I shot pretty well till they started guarding me and I had to guard them.

  49. George Thomas Clark 11:21am, 08/08/2013

    As another reader indicates, it was criminal to allow already-dying Jerry Quarry to fight again.  During his first comeback, some 16 years earlier, in 1977, he looked bad the whole fight against clever but light-hitting Lorenzo Zanon.  Quarry stopped him late but similarly—doomed brother Mike urged him to quit.  Jerry would encourage Mike to do the same.  Now they’re both buried in Shafter, about 20 miles north of Bakersfield.

  50. Ted 11:16am, 08/08/2013

    I actually agree!

  51. Ted 11:13am, 08/08/2013

    Kid that was Liberace. As for Quarry, I just didn’t have it in me to write about that “murderous” fight..

  52. George Thomas Clark 11:12am, 08/08/2013

    The two greatest comebacks in history:

    1. Nixon in 1968
    2. Foreman 1994

    Most Tragic

    Greg Page


    Most astoundingly indept

    Ray Leonard (v. Hector Camacho)

  53. kid vegas 10:42am, 08/08/2013

    Watching Yates KO the Acorn was sickening but not as bad as watching that round “girl” walk around. That was a scary creature.

  54. kid vegas 10:41am, 08/08/2013

    Jerry Quarry was another sad case who thought he could do what Foreman could do, but was suffering from dementia during his last fight in Colorado.

  55. the Krusher 10:11am, 08/08/2013

    Welcome back Bull. Missed your stories.

  56. Ted 08:27am, 08/08/2013

    Nope, not a fun way at all, but at least you tried.

  57. john coiley 08:18am, 08/08/2013

    no way do I rank with the aforementioned, but speaking of comebacks, I made 3, losing 6 of the 7 on rebound when the proverbial light came on (after it was blown out 6 times) not a fun way to end a career…

  58. Ted 08:06am, 08/08/2013

    Giorgio, lmfao! Silvio B definitely has charisma.

  59. Giorgio Corsi 07:43am, 08/08/2013

    Hi Ted, a very interesting article with a lot of truth ... it made me think about some political come back we had in political history in Italy, like SIlvio B. who recently came back but is now definitively out after the supreme court sentence.
    Thanks Ted
    Giorgio

  60. Ted 06:49am, 08/08/2013

    Right you are, lad.  Boom Boom goes under “...and far too many others”

    Greg snapped Ray’s head back like it was made of rubber. But then Greg suffered the same fate when he made an ill-advised comeback. It just seems to go on and on.

  61. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 06:43am, 08/08/2013

    Ted Sares-You research but you also know your stuff….big time!.........but don’t forget a comebacking Ray Mancini who totally dissed Greg Haugen right up to the moment that Greg walked him into a right hand shot that almost took Boom Boom’s head off.

  62. Ted 06:29am, 08/08/2013

    Good point to wit: It’s not up to us to advise them. The best we can do is show the results and let them decide for themselves.

    If Tua needs money, who am I to tell him not to go out there and earn it the only way he knows how? But if he does, he needs to know what the risk factor is based on past results.


    That’s the best a writer can do IMO

  63. Magoon 02:50am, 08/08/2013

    Yeah, guys who quit and stay quit are the smartest, guys like Marciano and Tunney. But it’s not just the comeback, it’s also the guys who stay too long in the first place.

  64. Bob 02:14am, 08/08/2013

    Ted, Most fighters either stay too long or come back too often which is often a recipe for embarrassment at least and disaster at worst. It’s not up to us to advise them, but it’s so refreshing to see guys like Lennox Lewis and Joe Calzaghe get out at the right time with some jingle and their faculties intact.

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