Tide Turning Fights

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Take Margarito vs Cotto for example. Where the first half of the fight was a Cotto masterclass, but then the tide turned when he slowed down and Margarito started to break him up.

What other fights can you think of where the result only seemed to be going one way, but it suddenly shifted in favour of the other boxer?
 
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Take Margarito vs Cotto for example. Where the first half of the fight was a Cotto masterclass, but then the tide turned when he slowed down and Margarito started to break him up.

What other fights can you think of where the result only seemed to be going one way, but it suddenly shifted in favour of the other boxer?
I like the topic, but I’m not sure about Cotto Margarito?

Just think Margarito always has that style where he could and would take a beating but remain undeterred and it was always the question of would he get to his opponent before the time ran out?
 
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I like the topic, but I’m not sure about Cotto Margarito?

Just think Margarito always has that style where he could and would take a beating but remain undeterred and it was always the question of would he get to his opponent before the time ran out?
It's my thread, so I say it counts :bart

But I think the switch from Cotto outboxing him for six rounds, and then it all of a sudden becoming Margarito's type of fight was such a drastic momentum shift. Even in previous fights, Margarito would still generally be competitive if even losing the early rounds, but he was thoroughly outclassed by Cotto. As someone who picked Margarito beforehand, and knew how he operated, I thought he had next to no chance of turning it around after 4-5 rounds. That's how good Cotto was. And despite this, Margarito became the dominant force in the second half of the bout.
 
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Taylor Vs Froch is spot on, I had money on Taylor UD which was great

Toney Vs Nunn was a very gradual turn in momentum too, Nunns movement and jabs winning the fight early on then Toney just bit by bit starts to work him out as Nunn tires as the fight goes on until the KO
 
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Trinidad vs David Reid. Very rarely do see both fighters get dominated so badly in separate halves of a fight.

Also Margarito-Cotto is a great example of what this thread is looking for, but id contend that Margarito would never have worn down Cotto the way he did in the second half if he wasn't hitting him with bricks the whole night.
 
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One of my favourite fights is Ian Napa against Carmelo Ballone, and this is mainly due to the momentum shift.

In the first half of the fight, Ballone kept it long, leaving the much smaller Napa struggling for any success. Then Napa, usually the slick boxer, changes it up. He starts going forward, pushing Ballone back and breaking him down with body shots. Eventually Napa's work to Ballone's body pays off, resulting in a late knockdown which was the diffence on the cards. The man who couldn't punch had to become a puncher. And it worked!
 
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Trinidad vs David Reid. Very rarely do see both fighters get dominated so badly in separate halves of a fight.

Also Margarito-Cotto is a great example of what this thread is looking for, but id contend that Margarito would never have worn down Cotto the way he did in the second half if he wasn't hitting him with bricks the whole night.
Yes the blatant cheating didn’t help cotto.

My only point is when you can tell someone starts at a pace you know they can’t keep up? Probably wasn’t best example
 
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Yes the blatant cheating didn’t help cotto.

My only point is when you can tell someone starts at a pace you know they can’t keep up? Probably wasn’t best example
That is true, although it was beautiful stuff from Cotto in the first half of the fight, with the pace Margarito was forcing him to set he was always going to slow down. Some guys are just impossible to keep off you over 12 rounds. However if Cotto wasn't getting hit with loaded gloves, id pretty much guarantee him seeing out the late pressure from Margarito and winning a 115-113 type of decision. Imagine how sapping the bodyshots Margarito was landing on him were for example. It's pretty admirable that Cotto went 11 under the circumstances, when Margarito folded Cintron in half within 6 rounds in his previous fight.
 
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Never got the hand raised because of blatant cheating/incompetence but Bute v Andrade 1. Similar enough to Taylor v Froch if memory serves correct.
 
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Can I have Bruno-Lewis?

Bruno was boxing like a dream, and hurting Lewis regularly, but the shot that marked the beginning of the end was so wild it came from the 3rd row.
 
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Real small hall offering, but Myron Mills really looked the goods for the first 4 rounds vs Gavin Gwynne last time out. Boxed beautifully and probably swept the first 4 before Gwynne's toughness and resilience saw Mills fade away and lose clearly.
 
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I'm going to go for one of my favs which is Moore vs Rhodes. Moore started off strong bullying Rhodes but Rhodes just wasn't to be denied that night, took everything that Moore had to give, kept working away and then found the finisher. Great stuff.
 
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