I was interested in compiling a list of fighters who first gathered some real steam behind them doing great things in the sport before suddenly being derailed by a vicious knockout that most people didn't see coming.
Occasionally these fighters on their way up were undefeated going into their first upset loss, while other times they'd had a reemergence of some kind that was promptly squashed.
All of this is to say I was interested in inventorying the "bust" in the context in which it happened, rather than taking in a fighter's entire career and designating one moment.
Perhaps, more than anything, I just gravitated to heavyweight losses that most amused me in the context of these same fighters being built up to be something that never came close to happening. If some of you remember the initial hype with Shannon Briggs before he was pummeled early on in his career, HBO tried to convince us on several levels to keep our eyes open as Mike Tyson part two was on the way.
Didn't turn out that way.
It didn't turn out that way for most, if any on this list. But many did have solid careers and in a handful of cases solid recoveries that speaks to their perseverance and all that warm, fuzzy redemptive malarkey that's appropriate for this time of year.
There's some good clips on this list to check out in between sips of eggnog or whatever is your drink of choice. Enjoy.