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Best German Boxers of All Time

Updated on February 17, 2014

Germany's Top Fighters

Max Schmeling is a former heavyweight champion of the world and he was the first man to ever beat Joe Louis.
Max Schmeling is a former heavyweight champion of the world and he was the first man to ever beat Joe Louis. | Source
Sven Ottke retired undefeated and he is considered one of the best super middleweight champions of all time.
Sven Ottke retired undefeated and he is considered one of the best super middleweight champions of all time. | Source

Who is The Best?

Who is the best boxer to come out of Germany?

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Henry Maske Avenges Only Loss

Henry Maske defended his light heavyweight crown ten times before losing to Virgil Hill.
Henry Maske defended his light heavyweight crown ten times before losing to Virgil Hill. | Source

Top Ten Boxers From Germany

1. Max Schmeling: The Black Uhlan retired with a record of 56-10-4 with 40 knockouts and he is the former heavyweight champion of the world. He beat Jack Sharkey on a foul to win the title and made one defense against Young Stribling before losing it back toSharkey. Schmeling also owns a win over a young, undefeated Joe Louis as well as Mickey Walker and Paulino Uzcudun. Schmeling had a stiff, accurate jab and knockout power in his strait right.

2. Walter Neusel: The Blonde Tiger retired with a resume reading 68-13-9 with 36 knockouts to his credit. This German Amateur Champion is one of the finest Amateur boxers to ever come oput of Germany. also, Neusel fought the best heavyweights of his time including competitive bouts against Max Schmeling, Adolph Heuser and Jean Krieger. Neusel had good footwork and a solid jab. He sometimes faded down the stretch but for 8 rounds he was a machine on a mission.

3. Gustav Scholz: Bubi left the sport with a pro mark reading 88-2-6 with 46 knockouts. Although he never won a world title he still beat many very good welterweights, middleweights and light heavyweights of his time. He was sound offensively and even more polished defensively. He kept a tight guard and he didn't waste punches. He was economical and accurate. Scholz top wins came over Neal Rivers, John McCormack, Andre Drille, Hans Wohlers, and Chris Christensen.

4. Karl Mildenberger: Milde retired with a resume reading 53-6-3 with 19 knockouts. This former European heavyweight champion once challenged Muhammad Ali for the world championship losing in 12 rounds but putting up a good account of himself. Mildenberger was the first ever southpaw to challenge for a world title. He had a solid jab, good footwork and a Trudy defense that featured head movement. Mildenberger's best victories came from beating Billy Daniels, Archie McBride, Eddie Machen, Santo Amonti and Young Jack Johnson.

5. Henry Maske: Gentleman Henry left the sport of boxing with an excellent record reading 31-1 with 11 knockouts. He won a Gold Medal in the Olympics and a former light heavyweight champion as a professional. Maske beat Prince Charles Williams for the 175 pound crown and made ten defenses before losing the belt to Virgil Hill and retiring. Incredibly he came back ten years later for a one fight comeback and avenged his only defeat by beating Hill nod calling it a day. He was an awkward but very effective boxer and sometimes mauling fighter. He also beat Graciano Rocchigiani, and Iran Barkley.

6. Sven Ottke: Phantom Ottke retired undefeated with a record of 34 wins and no losses with 6 knockouts. Ottke beat Charles Brewer for the Super Middleweight crown and then defended it 21 times including a unification win. Although he lacked knockout power he had excellent ring generalship including fabulous footwork, great jab and accurate counter punching skills. Also, he was hard to hit clean and he was excellent at rolling with punches and Ottke was near perfect at judging distance and he retired perfect. Ottke beat Mads Larsen, Brewer, Byron Mitchell, and Thomas Tate.

7. Billy Papke: The Illinois Thunderbolt left boxing with a record of 37-11-5 with 32 knockouts. Papke beat the legendary Stanley Ketchel for the middleweight championship. Papke had pulverizing power in both fists and he was known to pound the body and head with equal abandon. Papke's top victories came from beating Ketchel, Georges Carpentier, Jack Twin Sullivan and Dave Smith among others. Billy Papke seemed to have tremendous stamina and got better as his bouts progressed.

8. Axel Schulz: Axel has a professional prizefighting record of 26-5-1 with 11 knockouts. He had an iron will and an iron chin. He lost a close and controversial decision when he beat George Foreman to the punch most of the fight but could not capture his heavyweight title. Schulz won his bouts on sheer will and stamina as much as anything because he was somewhat crude. Schulz best wins came from beating Bonecrusher Smith, Jorge Valdes, Julius Francis and Kevin McBride.

9. Dariusz Michalczewski: Tiger retired with a fabulous record of 48-2 with 38 wins coming by way of knockout. He is a former light heavyweight and Cruiserweight world champion. His punching power was a big asset but he was rather flat footed and not very fast. He had a strong will and always used good feints and solid hooks on the inside. Michalczewski' stop victories came from beating the likes of Montell Griffin, Virgil Hill, Leeonzer Barber, Graciano Rocchigiani and Christophe Girard.

10. Felix Sturm: The Fighter is still an active boxer so his ranking is likely to rise. At the current time (2014) Sturm has a record of 39-3-2 with 18 knockouts. Many believe he gave Oscar De La Hoya a defeat but he lost a close decision. As it stands Sturm is a three time middleweight champion and has defended his crowns a combined total of 13 times. He has an educated jab and his ring I.Q. is solid on offense and defense. His best wins came over Darren Barker, Ronald Hearns, Randy Griffin, Javier Castillo and and Jaime Pittman.


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Felix Sturm Shocks The Golden Boy

Although Sturm did not get the decision he gave Oscar De La Hoya a boxing lesson either way.
Although Sturm did not get the decision he gave Oscar De La Hoya a boxing lesson either way. | Source

The Illinois Thunderbolt

Billy Papke is a former middleweight world champion and International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee.
Billy Papke is a former middleweight world champion and International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee. | Source

Billy Papke

Although Billy Papke was born in Illinois he was the son of a mom and dad who were both born in Germany. Papke was inducted into The International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2001. Papke was a rough fighter and he wasn't above bending and breaking the rules.

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Felix Sturm Tribute

Dariusz Michalczewski

Dariusz Michalczewski is a former light heavyweight and Cruiserweight world champion.
Dariusz Michalczewski is a former light heavyweight and Cruiserweight world champion. | Source

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