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are attempting, try once more…and once again: Most unsuccessful makes an attempt at an international title

try, try once again…and again: Most unsuccessful attempts at a global title

RING has Saunders at No. 5 among 168s, and Murray is rarely within the suitable ten. but the repeat challenger maintains hope alive Friday evening.
by Anson Wainwright

try as they might, some very amazing fighters aren’t fairly in a position to recover from the hump and win a global title.

They’re fantastic professionals who are often able to run the most advantageous in their respective weight classes very close however can’t somewhat beat them. a strong showing commonly ends up in yet another opportunity and so forth.

One best wants suppose returned to Oba Carr in the 1990s. The Detroit native was a superb newbie and turned into tabbed for future success as a professional.

despite the fact, Carr ran into a murders row of tough opposition. He lost in three world title makes an attempt, against Felix Trinidad (TKO 8), Ike Quartey (MD 12) and Oscar De La Hoya (TKO eleven), during which time he became worn all the way down to the nub and became in no way able to obtain what many expected for him.

There are a handful of guys who have had more opportunities than Carr.

On Friday, Martin Murray (pictured above) will make his fifth effort at a world title when he challenges WBO super middleweight titleholder Billy Joe Saunders.

Saunders meets Murray on Dec. four; this represents yet another possibility for Murray to get over the proverbial hump.

Murray’s not the only one, there are in reality a few others who are attempting as they could can’t somewhat win world titles, no depend how many shots they get. here we examine warring parties who have been give distinct title opportunities.

6 Unsuccessful title photographs

Carlos Buitrago
strawweight and junior flyweight 0-5-1

once upon a time, Buitrago turned into being championed by way of his Nicaraguan countrymen as the subsequent Chocolatito. This some distance, he’s been unable to attain that lofty status. He’s toiled in and across the good 10 in the lightest two weight classes, and when given world title opportunities he’s constantly given a good account of himself. however, he got here up short against Merlito Sabillo (D 12) in November 2013 and against Knockout CP Freshmart October 2014 (UD 12) and February 2016 (UD  12) in strawweight title fights [Editor’s Note: The two fights with Freshmart were interim title fights.] Buitrago stepped to junior flyweight and changed into stopped by way of Hiroto Kyoguchi (TKO eight) in December 2017 and Angel Acosta (TKO 12) in June 2018 but these days went the distance towards Elwin Soto (UD 12) in October 2020.

5 Unsuccessful title photographs

Mitsunori Seki
flyweight and featherweight 0-5
The staggering japanese fighter lost to Pone Kingpetch (SD 15) at flyweight in June 1961. He jumped to featherweight and became stopped via Sugar Ramos (TKO 6) in March 1964. He gave Vicente Saldivar a troublesome first fight (UD 15) in 1966 however become smartly crushed in the return the following 12 months (TKO 7). When the Mexican retired Seki changed into matched with a different perennial contender Howard Winstone and stopped on cuts (TKO 9) in January 1968. Seki retired, at just 26, and by no means fought again.

Leonel Hernandez
junior light-weight 0-four-1
The continually long lasting Venezuelan became stopped by way of WBC one hundred thirty-pound titleholder Alexis Arguello (TKO 8) in March 1975. simply six-months later he held WBA ruler Alfredo Escalera to a draw over 15 rounds. Escalera’s fellow Puerto Rican Samuel Serrano had picked up the WBA title and twice outboxed Hernandez to win unanimous decisions in June 1977 and June 1981. In between the Serrano fights, Hernandez went to Japan and narrowly misplaced to WBA titlist Yasutsune Uehara (SD 15) in November 1980.

Michael Spinks (left) proved to be too a lot for Yaqui Lopez in 1980. picture from The Ring archive

Yaqui Lopez
mild heavyweight and cruiserweight 0-5

The rugged Mexican ran WBC one hundred seventy five-pound titlist John Conteh (UD 15) shut in Denmark in October 1976. Lopez gave Victor Galindez all forms of drawback in two WBA title fights, narrowly dropping 15 round unanimous choices on every event in Italy in September 1977 and might 1978. Matthew Saad Muhammad become capable of live much longer than Lopez (TKO 14) in a good motion-packed contest in July 1980. The combat, a rematch, garnered Ring combat of The yr. Lopez stepped up to cruiserweight and was well past his prime when he was with no trouble beaten through WBC holder Carlos De Leon (TKO 4) in September 1983.

Santos Cardona
welterweight and junior middleweight 0-5
Cardona turned into generally outpointed by WBC 147-pound titlist Pernell Whitaker (UD 12) in April 1994. despite the fact, he become in a position to without delay relaxed a WBO 154-pound title possibility in opposition t Verno Phillips. The closeness of their first assembly (UD 12) in November 1994, led to a rematch (SD 12) in February 1995. The competitive nature of these fights earned him a shot on the vacant WBO crown, but he turned into stopped by Bronko McKart (TKO 9) in March 1996. The Puerto Rican dropped again to 147-kilos and gave a pretty good account of himself though he in the end misplaced to WBO beltholder Akhmad Kotiev (UD 12) in November 1998.

Rocky Juarez
featherweight and junior light-weight 0-5-1

Juarez represented the usa at the 2000 Olympics and claimed silver. an awful lot changed into expected of him as knowledgeable. Juarez became due to face In Jin Chi for the WBC title however two weeks before the fight he was injured and as an alternative Juarez confronted wily campaigner Humberto Soto for the interim WBC 126-pound strap, shedding an in depth however unanimous determination in August 2005. He lost a controversial decision to WBO a hundred thirty-pound titleholder Marco Antonio Barrera (SD 12) in may additionally 2006. both met in a rematch in September 2006 and Barrera edged matters to win a unanimous choice. After Barrera misplaced to Juan Manuel Marquez, Juarez changed into chosen to face Marquez and become generally outpointed (UD 12) in November 2007. The snake-bitten Texan dropped returned to featherweight for a two-fight series with WBA titlist Chris John (D 12/ UD 12) in February and September 2009. click right here to be taught more about Juarez. click on right here, and you’ll study what Juarez needed to say about some of those fights.

four Unsuccessful title shots

Joao Henrique
​​junior welterweight 0-4
Henrique showed considerable promise with the handiest blemish on his listing a draw towards former 140-pound champion Eddie Perkins. although, he changed into unable to get protecting wizard Nicolino Locche (UD 15) in a WBA title combat, WBC counterpart Bruno Arcari (UD 15/ KO 12) and WBC titlist Perico Fernandez (KO 9) in his four-world title makes an attempt within the late Sixties-1970s. Henrique by no means lost in Brazil, all four of his title loses got here remote places.

Armando Muniz
welterweight 0-four

Muniz was an excellent amateur, who represented the usa at the 1968 Olympics. As an expert, Muniz’ highway to the title was a tough one. He suffered some learning-curve losses along the manner, however through 1975 he had discovered his stride and challenged unified champion Jose Napoles, giving the legendary Cuban all he might handle in two astonishing tussles (TD 12/ UD 15) in 1975. He put up an additional basically respectable effort in opposition t WBC beltholder Carlos Palomino (TKO 15) in January 1977. Palomino also defeated him in a rematch (UD 15) in may additionally 1978. read this story and study which of his foes Muniz believes had the most efficient common abilities.

Martin Vargas
junior flyweight and flyweight 0-four
Vargas become in a position to give WBC flyweight king Miguel Canto (UD 15/ UD 15) two challenging fought fights in 1977. He changed into stopped through WBA 112-pound titlist Betulio Gonzalez (TKO 12) in November 1978. in a single closing effort the Chile-born fighter dropped down to junior flyweight, the place he turned into stopped by means of WBA incumbent Yoko Gushiken (KO 8) in June 1980.

Ruben Castillo
featherweight and junior lightweight 0-4
The Texan gave WBC 130-pound titleholder Alexis Arguello all he could tackle earlier than the Nicaraguan super rallied to stop him in 11 rounds in January 1980. Castillo dropped to featherweight and put up yet another mighty showing, losing a tough-fought come across to WBC titleholder Salvador Sanchez (UD 15) in April 1980. As Castillo showed signals of damage and tear, he was outpointed by using WBC featherweight titlist Juan Laporte (UD 12) in February 1983 after which stopped through a rising WBC titlist Julio Cesar Chavez (TKO 6) in April 1985.

Mario Martinez cracks the excellent Azumah Nelson within the their 1989 rematch. The proud Mexican misplaced both bouts. photograph from The Ring archive

Mario Martinez
junior light-weight and light 0-4
As a young person, Martinez challenged Julio Cesar Chavez for the vacant WBC 130-pound title and changed into stopped in eight-rounds in September 1984. Later in the decade he twice gave Azumah Nelson (SD 12/ TKO 12) tricky title defenses. In his final effort at a world title “Azabache” stepped up to lightweight and became generally outpointed through WBO titlist Dingaan Thobela (UD 12) in March 1991.

Arthur Johnson
flyweight, junior bantamweight and bantamweight 0-4
Johnson became a adorned amateur, who represented america at the 1988 Olympics. He retired from boxing but re-regarded, and grew to become knowledgeable in can also of 1992. After just 20-months as a professional, in his ninth combat, he took on IBF 112-pound titleholder Pichit Sithbangprachet in Thailand. despite an excellent performance on Jan. 23, 1994, he dropped a 12-round unanimous choice. right here summer time, Johnson dropped a majority resolution in opposition t WBO one hundred fifteen-pound titleholder Johnny Tapia (MD 12). Johnson dropped returned to flyweight and earned a 3rd title shot, this time in opposition t IBF titlist Mark Johnson, who stopped the weight drained St. Louis resident in a single round in February 1998. Johnson moved as much as bantamweight where he become largely outpointed with the aid of Tim Austin (UD 12) in August 2000.

Joel Luna Zarate
junior bantamweight 0-3-1
After 23 straight wins, Zarate challenged fellow Mexican Julio Cesar Borboa for the IBF title and dropped a spirited unanimous determination in might also 1993. He worked his method toward a shot at WBC kingpin Gerry Penalosa in April 1998, however, their battle ended early as a result of a head conflict that rendered the competition a technical draw in the 2nd round. the following 12 months, Zarate traveled to Seoul, South Korea to face Penalosa’s conqueror In Joo Cho and lost a 12-round majority resolution. ultimately, Zarate ventured to Nicaragua and made one last attempt, losing to Adonis Rivas (UD 12) in September 2000.

Thomas Tate
middleweight, super middleweight 0-four
Tate made his means in the course of the ranks earlier than dealing with large-punching WBC a hundred and sixty-pound beltholder Julian Jackson in August 1992. Tate became on the canvas within the fourth circular but lasted the space; he lost a 12-circular unanimous decision. Tate changed into stopped with the aid of the otherworldly IBF kingpin Roy Jones Jr. (TKO 2) in may 1994.The Houston based mostly fighter moved up to tremendous middleweight and changed into unable to defeat IBF titlist Sven Ottke (TD eleven) in September 1999 and (UD 12) in June 2002. See what Ottke concept of Tate’s video game right here.

John Brown
junior lightweight and light 0-four
This complicated American labored his approach up and changed into stopped via a first-rate Shane Mosley (TKO eight) in an IBF lightweight title tilt in April 1999. He dropped to 130 kilos and gave IBF beltholder Diego Corrales (UD 12) a high-quality nighttime’s work in December 1999. Brown met compatriot Steve Forbes for the vacant IBF 130-pound title. He become ahead on two of the scorecards after seven rounds however become cut internal his ear and the fight turned into stopped in December 2000. in the rematch, Forbes (UD 12) kept his title, in September 2001.

Lennox Lewis crushes Andrew Golota within the opening circular. image from The Ring archive

Andrew Golota
heavyweight 0-3-1
Golota become twice disqualified for low blows in opposition t Riddick Bowe. however, his stock went up in dropping efforts and he met WBC titleholder Lennox Lewis in October 1997. The Pole froze and was stopped in one round. It took Golota seven-years but he turned into able to put forth a sterling effort towards IBF titlist Chris Byrd (D 12) in April 2004. He dropped WBA titlist John Ruiz twice but was unable to get the win and misplaced an in depth however unanimous determination in November 2004. Golota changed into stopped by WBO beltholder Lamon Brewster (TKO 1) in his ultimate title attempt in may additionally 2005.

Martin Murray
middleweight and super middleweight 0-three-1
Murray had gained British and Commonwealth middleweight titles when he changed into pretty offered a shot at WBA titleholder Felix Sturm in Germany in December 2011. Many people concept Murray deserved the win however he had to settle for a draw. He become capable of parlay that right into a fight with WBC champion Sergio Martinez in Argentina. although Murray enjoyed his successes, he become unable to united states of america the defending champion (UD 12). The Brit additionally challenged WBA titlist Gennadiy Golovkin (TKO 11) in February 2005 and WBO 168-pound titleholder Arthur Abraham (SD 12) in November 2015. Friday nighttime, he tries as soon as once again to take domestic a strap.

David Carmona
junior bantamweight 0-three-1
The Mexican changed into stopped by means of wily WBO titlist Omar Narvaez (TKO 7) in December 2013. Narvaez conqueror Naoya Inoue turned into sidelined via harm and Carmona become matched with Warlito Parrenas (D 12) for the intervening time WBO title in July 2015. When Inoue back, he stored his title (UD 12) in March 2017. Most lately, Carmona turned into stopped by using WBA titleholder Kal Yafai (RTD 7) in may additionally 2018.

Bob Yalen helped bring together this article. The Ring appreciates his contribution.

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