Boxing: Great heavyweight upsets

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June 13, 1935: James Braddock v Max Baer

Braddock, dubbed the "Cinderella man" came out of virtual retirement to spring one of the greatest shocks of all time when he outpointed the champion, Baer, over 15 rounds at Long Island. Baer had won the title 12 months earlier when he knocked out the great Primo Carnera in 11 rounds.

February 25, 1964: Cassius Clay v Sonny Liston

Twenty-two-year-old Clay, known as the 'Louisville Lip', had predicted he would upset the odds and he did just that when he forced the big-hitting Liston to retire on his stool after six rounds in Miami. For Clay, later to change his name to Muhammad Ali, it was the first of 25 world title fights.

February 15, 1978: Leon Spinks v Muhammad Ali

Spinks, the 1976 Olympic champion, sprung a major surprise when he outpointed the great Muhammad Ali over 15 rounds in Las Vegas. Ali, the master of the ring, was giving away 12 years to his 24-year-old rival.

February 11, 1990: James 'Buster' Douglas v Mike Tyson

It was expected to be a comfortable defence for the terrifying Tyson against journeyman Douglas in Tokyo but it did not work out that way. Douglas frustrated the big-hitting Tyson before stunning the boxing world by knocking out the world champion and inflicting his first defeat.

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