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Logan Paul & Other Ohio Boxers Who Had To Beat The Odds
Let’s go ahead and say it right now “Logan Paul is the greatest boxer of all time.”
Maybe this is a stretch, but to be the best, you have to beat the best. This is what Logan will attempt to do when he steps into the ring on June 6 against undefeated Floyd “Money” Mayweather. At first glance, you may think Logan Paul doesn't stand a chance as a +800 underdog but, if we take a look at history, Ohio fighters have been known to come up big when the odds are stacked against them.
Ohio Boxing Upsets
Perhaps the most famous upset in boxing history was James “ Buster” Douglas of Columbus, Ohio, who in 1990 defeated the unbeatable Mike Tyson by 10th round knockout. Douglas was a huge underdog, paying out 42-1 odds to his bettors looking for a big payday on the chance of the unthinkable happening.
Another Ohio fighter to shock the boxing world was Youngstown, Ohio native Darnell Boone when he knocked out future world champion Adonis Stevenson in 2010. He is also the first to score a knockdown against undefeated Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward. Billy “Pride of Ohio” Lyell, born in Niles, Ohio, upset undefeated and very popular fighter John Duddy in a 10th round split decision in 2009.
Other notable Ohioan fight night performances include Danny Nardico, who was the only fighter to knock down Jake Lamotta in his 106 pro fights, and Bobby Joe Young, who is best known as the only man to have professional victory over boxing great Aaron Pryor in 1987.
Can Logan Paul Be Next?
So as you can see, Ohioans have beat the odds before, and Logan Paul plans to join this list and make history versus Floyd Mayweather. Like a true underdog, Logan is entering the fight with a “Nothing to Lose” mindset and will leave everything in the ring come fight night. He has been doing all the right things in his preparation for the fight by training hard and sparring three days a week with three different pros each time and has promised to KO Floyd in the first round.
Logan has impressed WBA regular light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal, during sparring sessions as they both are training for their respective bouts in Puerto Rico. After a sparring session between Logan and Pascal, Pascal stated, "I did sparring with him, and I can tell you that he impressed me. For a beginner, he is very good. He is very agile. He is versatile.” Inspiring words for Logan leading up to the fight coming from a champion and veteran of the sport.
As the famous saying goes, “Every dog has their day,” will Logan’s day be on June 6th? History says there's a chance.
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