Boxing's Strangest Excuses.
We look at the top six excuses for not winning.
Losing, lets face it ladies and gentleman. We, the human race dont like it. There is something in our grey matter thats makes us genetic disposed to loathe finishing anything lower than number one. Hey, it's not a bad thing. If we all strived for mediocrity, then we'd all live a pretty dull existence.
This becomes maginified in world of sporting competiton. After all, athletes work hard and slave away for days, weeks & months in the quest to achieve watever pinnacle their given discipline dictates.
Over the weekend, the comments of a certain former World Heavyweight Champion from America, has sent social media into something of a frenzy. Seemingly unable to accept the the fact that he was second best on the night. So you can thank the unamed former champ (don't worry i'll get to him later). For Intuboxing.com compiling this list of the sports worst excuses .. enjoy fight fans.
- Carl Froch - A few years before Carl famously knocked out George Groves in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium. The former three-time World Super-Middleweight Champion suffered his first loss as a professional at the hands of the hard-hitting Dane, Mikkel Kessler. But what did Carl give as his reason for the loss ... A volcanic eruption! At a time when an Icelandic volcano had spewed tons of ash into the air. Mr Froch's travel plans went down the toilet, and he arrived in Denmark much later than planned.
- Kermit Cintron. Back in 2009, Cintron took on Sergio Martinez. Martinez shoud have been declared the victor. Cintron had been counted out in the seventh, which the refereee overturned. The Argentine beat Cintron from pillar to post. But, the judges at ringside bizarrely awarded a draw. But what was Cintron's excuse for such a poor performance? Well boys and girls, apparently the smell of Martinez hair product was the sticky wicket .. no pun intended of course.
- Manny Pacquiao - I love Manny, he's one of my all-time favourites. But my oh my, the chap can not be gracious in defeat. The year was 2004, and Pacquiao was slugging it out with Juan Manuel Marquez in their first encounter. Despite Pacquaio dropping Marquez three times inthe opening stanza. Marquez effective counter punching nulified the agressiveness of Pacquiao. The judges awarding a draw. But what excuse did Manny give for not claiming victory. His socks. Yup that's right, you heard me correctly.
- Mike Tyson - 'Iron' Mike was possibly the most well-known sportsmen at the beginning of 1990. After becoming the youngest heavyeight champion ever at just 20 years old. Tyson was riding the crest of the wave. But it all came tumbling down around his ears when he suffered a shock knockout loss to Buster Douglas in Tokyo, Japan. So what was the reason behind Tyson losing to a 42/1 underdog? Too many women ... He said: "I was f***ing them Japanese girls like I was eating grapes."
- David Haye - No list would be complete without mentioning the broken pinky toe. Haye had built a succesful career. Winning world honours at Cruiserweight. The Londoner moved up to boxing's premier division, claimed a version of the world title and made two succesful defences. But thinks all went a bit wrong when he came up against the division's supreme ruler, Wladimir Klitschko. Haye had been running his mouth for months, the ever-cocky demeanour of the 'Hayemaker' would come unstuck however. After losing a wide decision to the Ukranian, Haye would blame a broken pinky toe for his lacklustre performance.
- Deontay Wilder - How the mighty have fallen. I wont go into too much details as this is still fresh in all of our minds. The former WBC world heavyweight champion goes straight in at the top spot for providing not one but six, yes thats right. Six excuses for his knockout loss, suffered at the hands of the 'Gypsy King' Tyson Fury. We've had:
- His ring-walk outfit was too heavy. Weighing something in the region of 46 pounds.
- Fury moved his fist down within his glove.
- Fury put a heavy object in his glove.
- His water was spiked with a muscle relaxant.
- Referee, Kenny Bayliss was unfair.
- Long-time trainer, Mark Breland was disloyal.