10 of the Greatest Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

Last Updated: 21.05.19

 

Spectators love heavyweight boxers as their powerful hits seem to sometimes punch the opponents out of their boxing shoes, therefore providing great entertainment. Their fights are often vicious and only a good timer for boxing and a fast referee can separate them.

Here is a list of 10 of the most famous heavyweight boxers that ever entered the ring.

 

Mike Tyson

Out of 58 fights that Mike Tyson had fought during his career, he won 50 of them, 44 out of which were by KO. He fought for over 20 years between 1985 to 2005 and he would have had even more fights if he wouldn’t have served time in the early 1990s.

In 1986 Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in the history of the sport. Unfortunately, a lot of his actions outside the gym and ring will always cast a shadow over his achievements. He is also known for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear off during a match with him.

 

 

Evander Holyfield

This fighter won his first title in 1990 by knocking out Buster Douglas. He will always be remembered for his matches against Riddick Bowe, a fellow heavyweight boxer that defeated him in the year 1992. However, Evander Holyfield managed to regain the title by defeating him just one year later.

In the year 1996 Evander regained the WBA Heavyweight title after knocking out Mike Tyson in the eleventh round of the match. After that, a series of disputes followed between the two boxers and led to the well-known ear bite that stunned everybody in this sport.

 

Larry Holmes

His boxing career spanned for almost 30 years between 1973 and 2002. He fought 75 matches and won 69 out of them, 44 by KO. His first heavyweight title was won by split decision after a match against Ken Norton that lasted for 15 rounds in 1978.

Larry Holmes managed to defend his title 20 times. His record was of 48 wins to 0 losses before losing to Michael Spinks. The decision came down to points. Larry came out of his retirement to fight occasionally, but during his reign, he was considered to be one of the best heavyweight boxing champions.

 

Joe Frazier

Joe Frazier competed in professional boxing between the years 1965 and 1981. He had a professional career record of 32 wins to 4 losses, 27 of his wins ending by knockout. His 4 losses were to Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.

Joe won his title by defeating Jimmy Ellis and because Muhammad Ali was suspended for refusing the draft. They fought on the 8th of March 1971 in what came to be known as the “Fight of the Century”. Two years later he lost his title to George Foreman, then lost another time to the same opponent. This led to his retirement in 1976.

 

George Foreman

George Foreman’s career lasted for 28 years between 1969 and 1997. In 1973 he defeated Joe Frazier by KO in the second round and earned his first heavyweight title. One of his best matches was against Muhammad Ali in Zaire in the year 1974.

On the 5th of November 1994, he won by KO against Michael Moorer and at the age of 45 became the oldest heavyweight boxing champion in the sports’ history. During his career, George Foreman won 76 matches and lost only 5. Out of all his victories, 68 were by KO.

 

Jack Dempsey

Jack Dempsey, also known as the “Manassa Mauler” dominated the sport of boxing between 1924 and 1927. At the time, the world of sport was ruled by baseball, but he managed to bring popularity to boxing. He was one of the first famous boxers.

This boxer managed to draw a lot of spectators and won his first title by defeating Jess Willard and breaking his jawbone in the process. Jack’s professional career included 61 victories and 6 losses. 50 of his victories were achieved by the means of KO.

 

Rocky Marciano

Rocky was a boxer loved by his fans. His career lasted from 1947 to 1956 and he retired with a perfect professional record of 49 wins and 0 losses. Out of these wins, 43 were by knockout. He won his heavyweight title in Philadelphia by defeating Joe Walcott in 1952.

Rocky still holds the record for the longest winning streak by a heavyweight in boxing.

 

 

Jack Johnson

Known as the ”Galveston Giant”, Johnson fought between 1897 and 1928 and had a professional record of 77 wins, 13 losses, and 13 draws. He won by knockout 48 times.

He has won the heavyweight title by defeating Tommy Burns in 1908 and defended the title for seven years until Jess Willard took it from him in 1915. Jack Johnson was the first African American heavyweight champion and opened the way for other African American boxers. Although he had to deal with racism, he became one of the greatest boxers of his time.

 

Joe Louis

Joe Louis fought during WW2 and his career lasted from 1934 to 1951. During this period he reached a record of 68 wins to 3 losses, out of which 54 were won by KO. Known as the Brown Bomber, he put the spotlight back on boxing after Jack Dempsey’s era.

Joe Louis won his first heavyweight title in 1937 and defended it 25 times during a period of eleven years and eight months. He retired in 1949. The International Boxing Research Organization named Joe Louis in 2005 the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time.

 

Muhammad Ali

Cassius Marcellus Clay adopted the name Muhammad Ali in 1964. He is easily the most recognized figure in boxing and perhaps in the world of sports. He was a three-time heavyweight champion of the world and won the gold medal during the Summer Olympic Games in 1960 in the light heavyweight division.

His professional career spanned between 1960 to 1981, during the most competitive period of boxing as a sport. His record was of 56 victories with 5 losses and 37 KOs.

Whether he was criticized or worshiped, this boxer managed to define what it means to be a great heavyweight champion of the world.

 

 

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