The idea of so many boxers never recovering from that first loss this writer came up with “3” off the top of my head. IBHOF Promoter/matchmaker J Russell Peltz added the name Michael Spinks whose 31-0 record and IBF, WBA and WBC titles went “bye-bye” losing to Mike Tyson and never to put on the gloves again.
Then this writer reached out to noted Historian and head of the New Jersey Hall of Fame along with being a ring announcer Henry Hascup. What was e-mailed to me were “over 100 names”. Yes, you heard me right over 100 names. Seems like 2 of my 3 names of Karl Dargan, 17-1 (last fought 32 months ago), former WBA champion Leonard Dorin, 22-1-2 and heavyweight Tony “Kid” Longoria, 20-1-2 were not on the list.
Hascup’s list included former champions heavyweight James J Jeffries, 19-1-2 and other champions such as Colombia’s Miguel Barrera, 22-1-2, who held the IBF World Minimum title; Argentina’s Miguel Angel Cuello, 21-1, WBC #175 champion; Yoko Gushiken 23-1, WBA World Light Fly, of Japan; WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov, 22-1-1, of Russia; Denis Inkin, 34-1, WBO Super middle champ of Russia; Chris John, 48-1-3, WBA Super World Featherweight from Indonesia; Barry Jones, 18-1-1, WBO World Super Feather champion, Masashi Kudo, 23-1, WBA Super welter champion, of Japan; Janos Nagy, 24-1, of Hungary, losing in attempting to win WBO super featherweight title; Katsuya Onizuka, 24-1, WBA Super Flyweight champion of Japan; Valdemir Pereira, 254-1, IBF featherweight champion from Brazil; Lonnie Bradley, 29-1-1, WBO Middle champ from US and Richie Sandoval, 29-1, WBA bantamweight champion from US.
Numerous other non-champions were Roman Greenberg, 27-1, of Moldova/UK; Johny Jensen 23-1-2, of DK; Yoon-Un Jin, 27-1, of So. Korea; Sergey Kobozev, 21-1-1, of Russia; Joe Lipsey, 25-1, losing to fellow US boxer Bernard Hopkins, Zeljko Mavrovic, 27-1, of Croatia losing to WBC champion Lennox Lewis; Jean-Paul Mendy, 29-1-1, of France losing in IBF super middle title bout to Lucian Bute; Pierre Pace, 23-1, of Belg/Fr, Jimmy Palazzola, 24-1, of US, Kevin Palmer, 24-1-1, of US fighting out of Japan; Robert Pollazon, 20-1-2, of France; Johnny Pritchett, 32-1-1, of UK losing in British Empire title bout to Lucian Bute; Milton Rosa, 22-1, of Brazil; Faruq Saleem, 38-1, of US losing to a 3-4 opponent; Ken Salisbury, 30-1-1, of UK/Australia; Oscar Enrique Sallago, 34-1-1, of Argentina; Dan Schommer, 30-1-1, of US, James Shuler, 22-1, losing to Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns, and dying a week later in motorcycle accident; Another Philly fighter Charles Singleton, 17-1; Lukas Wilaschek, 22-1, of Poland/Germany and Yoshimitsu Yashiro, 21-1-2, of Japan.