5 Boxers Climbing Their Way Back Towards the Top

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5 Boxers Climbing Their Way Back Towards the Top
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Richard Hatton (also called Ricky Hatton) training - photo 1 May 2006

"To admit you want to have a comeback means you have to admit you weren't what you were supposed to be. You dropped below your standard," said Marilyn Manson.

There are several former boxing champions that are trying to resurrect their careers. They had harsh setbacks such as tough losses or injuries. However, they are ready to once again become champions. Therefore, these are 5 boxers that are climbing their way back towards the top.

Andre Dirrell

Andre Dirrell outboxed Arthur Abraham for ten rounds. Then, in the eleventh round Dirrell slipped to one knee and Abraham punched him on the chin while he was down and knocked him out. So Dirrell won the fight by disqualification.

Dirrell withdrew from the Super Six tournament on October 7th, 2010. He had to take a break from boxing because of neurological issues that were caused by Abraham's cowardly illegal punch.

Dirrell is now interested in fighting big name fighters such as Kelly Pavlik, Mikkel Kessler or a rematch against Carl Froch. "Froch is definitely number one on my hit list," said Dirrell.

Andre Berto

Andre Berto had an unforgettable and action-packed fight against Victor Ortiz on April 16th, 2011. And it was the Ring Magazine fight of the year. But, the rematch was cancelled because Berto tested positive for the banned substance Norandrosterone.

Berto has been licensed to fight in California. And he wants to restore his tarnished image. He is willing to fight the best and there are plenty of options for him in the loaded welterweight division. There also have been confirmed discussions about a Berto-Cornelius Bundrage fight in November.

Jermain Taylor

Jermain Taylor suffered a brutal knockout loss to Abraham in the last round of their bout on October 17th, 2009. It was Taylor's fourth loss in his last five fights. So he decided to pull out of the Super Six tournament a few months after the bout.

Taylor made a comeback after two years away from the sport and he is fighting lesser name opponents. He defeated Jessie Nicklow by TKO in 2011. Yet, he hopes he can get another shot at a middleweight title.

Sergio Mora the former WBC junior middleweight champion is calling out Taylor and he wants to fight him on November 14th in a card that he is headlining.

Ricky Hatton

Ricky Hatton suffered a devastating knockout loss to Manny Pacquiao in 2009 and he retired shortly after that fight.But, he is making a comeback after being retired from boxing for three years.

Hatton is returning to the ring on November 24th and there have been rumors that he may be fighting former IBF world light welterweight champion Lovemour N'dou. There are also several boxers interested in fighting him such as Amir Khan, Junior Witter and Paulie Malignaggi.

Kelly Pavlik

Kelly Pavlik has battled with alcoholism during his boxing career. He entered the Betty Ford Rehab Center in California for two months in 2010. He was not truly focused on boxing. And he also pulled out of a fight against Darryl Cunningham in 2011.The winner of the fight would have had the opportunity to fight Bute.

However, Pavlik has rededicated himself to the sport. He wants to show that is still the same hard-nosed power punching fighter that was the undisputed middleweight champion.

Pavlik has already fought there times this year at super middleweight. Likewise, Arum has stated that he will likely fight again in October. And his possible opponents include Carl Froch or Bute.

Loren Robinson has watched and studied boxing for the past 12 years. He has written for boxing websites such as boxingnews24.com, eastsideboxing.com and pinoygreats.com. You can find more of his writing at the site www.lorenrobinson.com or you can follow him on Twitter, @PowerofWords22

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