Stock Up, Stock Down for Boxing's Top Young Stars

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Stock Up, Stock Down for Boxing's Top Young Stars
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So many young boxers show promise and potential until they move up to either a weight or class of opponent they are not ready to face. All that potential goes right out the window after a big punch puts them on the canvas.

Rarely does a fighter ever go undefeated over his entire career. Just look at future members of the Hall of Fame like Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, who have a combined 12 losses between them.

Even great fighters will lose; what matters more than a single loss is how they bounce back after tasting defeat for the first time.

For three of these fighters, how they responded in their next fight after their first loss weighed heavily in the decision of whether or not their stock was up or down.

For the purpose of this article I will only consider champions or top prospects under the age of 27. I could have cut it off even younger, but age 27 is about when most pro athletes seem to hit their physical prime.

While 27 to most of us is still young, the same isn't necessarily true in pro sports.

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