What's your best example of a fighter who was never the same after taking a big loss???
Stiverne after the first Wilder loss.
Szpilka after the Wilder loss.
Gamboa after the Crawford loss.
Gallimore after the Williams loss.
Victor Ortiz after Maidana.
Not necessarily after a loss but I noticed Jermain Taylor's career really went on the decline after the Hopkins rematch. I thought he beat Hopkins twice but seems like those two fights took a lot out of him because after that I remember he got two back to back gift decisions against Wright and Spinks. Then Pavlik seemed to be the coup de grace for him. One of those fighters who maybe got too overwhelmed by the high expectations the boxing world had of him. I mean they were saying he was not only the heir aparent to Bernard Hopkins in the middleweight division but he was only expected to match and surpass the number of middleweight title defenses that Hopkins had done.
Roy Jones! (Since I don't really count his loss to Griffin)
Agreed. Roy Jones didn't have the same offensive instincts after Tarver knocked him out.
Meldrick Taylor after the first Chavez fight
John Mugabi after the Hagler fight.
This isn't a loss but Hector Camacho after getting clipped by Rosario was never the same fighter.
You beat me to it with Meldrick Taylor.
Meldrick Taylor came back winning a world title after Chavez was the Norris and Espana fights that finished him
John Tate after the Weaver fight
Excellent posts so far and includes those I initially thought about.
What about Tyrell Biggs? Not sure his chances against Tyson, but he followed up the Tyson loss with a loss to Damiani and then Mason. He seemed to have only beat one fighter of note record wise following the Tyson defeat -- Rodolfo Marin (17-0 going in) who himself went just 4-7 after losing to Biggs.
Jeff Lacy after Joe Calzaghe.
Zab Judah after the Mayweather fight.
Hatton after the Mayweather fight.
Going in a different direction Wladdy after the Brewster loss was never the same fighter. He successfully fought a different (more boring but effective) style
I think it's plausible to say that Kell Brook was never the same after moving up and fighting GGG.
He got hurt physically (eye socket) and mentally in that fight. His confidence went down.
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