SI.com's 2011 Boxing Awards

Upset of the Year
Text: Chris Mannix, SI.com
Photo: Isaac Brekken/AP

Upset of the Year

Nobuhiro Ishida KO1 James Kirkland

The light hitting Ishida was imported as cannon fodder for the fresh out of jail Kirkland, who was being groomed for bigger things. But Kirkland came into the fight woefully out of shape and was dropped three times before the referee waved the fight off. Kirkland reestablished himself towards the end of the year but this shocking upset is impossible to forget.


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