Everyone has varying opinions as to whether or not a boxer (or fighter) can rebound from a knockout loss. We know it happens, but how often? I dug into the BoxRec database, and came up with some numbers.
- From 1980 to present, a boxer losing by knockout, technical knockout, or corner retirement, won the rematch about 17.3% of the time. The interesting part is, this number drops as we only consider more recent bouts.
- From 1990 to present, the figure drops to approximately 16%.
- From 2000 to present, it plummets to about 13.3%.
- 2005 to present? 12.6%
One can only assume why this trend occurs. Has matchmaking gotten worse? Are the winning boxers simply taking their careers more seriously?