Most heartbreaking moment ever?

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Muhammad Ali's retirement was a shock to me, his lasts two fights were hard to watch. A sad ending to a great career. Another instance has to be the death of Johnny Owen.

What is the most heartbreaking moment in your opinion?

Below is a video were I discuss the 10 most heartbreaking moments:

 
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Unlike you, Ali's retirement was due long before he finally hung up the gloves, so it came as no surprise when he did finally call it a day. Lots of sad thoughts when a once great fighter hangs on far too long and suffers defeats by the hands of a fighter they would have destroyed in their prime.

Marciano KO'ing Joe Louis, Ali losing to chumps in the end, Duran and his famous "No Mas" fight against Leonard.

Then there's the guys who after ending their careers suffer from "Pugilistic Dementia" or other neurological damage and are basically zombies. Wilfredo Benitez is a prime example of this, also Jerry Quarry, Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, Joe Louis--------the list is really extremely long when you think about it.


ETA: The death of Du Ku Kim against Ray Mancini was bad enough, but in the following months his mother and trainer committed suicide over his death.
 

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Bobby Chacon's wife committing suicide during one of his fights, then Bobby doggedly fighting on well past his prime without any regard for himself.

Aaron Pryor losing his "0" and seemingly quitting in an ill-advised comeback vs. Bobby Joe Young, after years of inactivity and drug abuse.

Danny Lopez making a comeback at the age of 40-something and getting clobbered in some small club.
 
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In boxing, probably Jeff Chandler losing to Richie Sandoval. Pryor may have lost to Young when he was in his prime anyway, but it was bad he went out like that. Leonard losing to Camacho was sad as well.
 
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Jerry Quarry, so sad he ended up like this. I believe one brother also went the same way...brutal sport.


In the ring itself, michael watson by a mile.
 
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Jerry Quarry, so sad he ended up like this. I believe one brother also went the same way...brutal sport.


In the ring itself, michael watson by a mile.

Yep, his brother Mike, also a boxer as a light heavyweight died from pugilistic dementia in 2005 at age 55. Jerry died in 99 at age 53.

That's a horrible price to pay for what he and his brother earned in the ring. They were robbed of life after they retired, living like a walking vegetable and relying on family to help them out as they get progressively worse.
 
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What happened to Oscar Bonavena was sad, he probably had a couple of more good years left. Close was Ray Mancini losing to Alexis Arguello, for sentimental reasons, and the deaths of a lot of the 80's heavys crowd, which reflected the era to some degree.
 
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Muhammad Ali's retirement was a shock to me, his lasts two fights were hard to watch. A sad ending to a great career. Another instance has to be the death of Johnny Owen.

What is the most heartbreaking moment in your opinion?

Below is a video were I discuss the 10 most heartbreaking moments:

I haven't watched all of that yet just skpped through and watched a bit here and there but number 7! That is tragic!!
That really makes me sad to hear.
 

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Rosario-Ramirez I, where Edwin only won because of the 12 round limit instead of the Championship Distance. If that bout had been scheduled for 15 rounds like it should have been, Jose Luis would be in the IBHOF today instead of Rosario.

To go from the high of Chacon-Limon IV to the low of Rosario-Ramirez I clinched the beginning of the end of my fanfare of boxing.
 
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Before my time, but the death of Jimmy Wilde.


He was mugged in Cardiff at the age of 72 and was beaten so badly that he never recovered. Spent 4 years on hospital before eventually dieing.


Sad to think that happened to such a great boxer.
 
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Before my time, but the death of Jimmy Wilde.


He was mugged in Cardiff at the age of 72 and was beaten so badly that he never recovered. Spent 4 years on hospital before eventually dieing.


Sad to think that happened to such a great boxer.

Wow that's horrible, did they ever catch the muggers?