Boxing's Best Heavyweights of All Time
Top 10 Heavyweight Fighters Ever
1. Muhammad Ali: Ali was a three time Heavyweight Champion of the World who ruled the 60s and 70s era of boxing. Ali beat other legends like George Foreman, Sonny Liston, Ken Norton and Joe Frazier and he also fought every other quality Heavyweight fighters of his era. He won the title from Sonny Liston, George Foreman and Leon Spinks. He had amazing speed, reflexes, footwork and a splendid jab not to mention an iron chin and tremendous will.
2. Joe Louis: Louis holds the record for most title defenses with twenty-five and he ruled the division for eleven years. He beat Ezzard Charles, Jersey Joe Walcott, Max Schmeling and Billy Conn among others. He had a great jab and deadly power in both fists. Louis threw very short hooks and was very accurate with his three and four punch combinations. He retired with a record of 66-3.
3. Rocky Marciano: The Rock retired undefeated with a 49-0 record with forty three of those wins coming by way of knockout. He beat Joe Louis, Ezzard Charles, Archie Moore and Jersey Joe Walcott during his reign at the top. Rocky was crude, and he was short but, he was relentless. He would chop on your arms, body and chest until you gave out and then he would go for the knockout. His right cross was a bomb and could end a match at any moment. The Rock was short and lacked some skills but he was relentless and always pulled put the victory.
4. Evander Holyfield: The Real Deal is the only four time Heavyweight Champion of the World. He won the titles from Buster Douglas, Riddick Bowe, Mike Tyson and John Ruiz. Holyfield was a natural Cruiserweight who moved up to Heavyweight and over achieved. Holyfield fought Riddick Bowe, Lennox Lewis, Tyson, Michael Moorer, Larry Holmes and George Foreman. He had amazing heart and stamina and his footwork, jab and left hook were beautiful.
5. Jack Dempsey: Dempsey ruled the ring from 1914-1927 and finished his career with a record of 61-6-8 with fifty knockouts to his credit. Dempsey defended his belt five times but, he fought countless non title bouts in between defenses. He swarmed his opponents with lots of big punches to the head and body and although he was a little crude he was accurate and punched really hard.
6. Jack Johnson: He held the world title seven years, and he was the first African-American Heavyweight Champion ever. He defended the title nine time successfully and fought many exhibitions. He beat among others, Jim Flinn, Tommy Burns, Jess Willard, The Great Stanley Ketchel and Joe Jeanette. Johnson had great footwork and counter punching skills which he displayed every time he fought in his prime.
7. George Foreman: He is a two time Heavyweight Champion of the world and is the oldest Heavyweight Champion in boxing history. He won an Olympic Gold Medal for America and he beat many great fighters including: Ken Norton and Joe Frazer (twice). Known for his deadly power Foreman also had one of the best jabs in heavyweight history. He chin was great and he was only knocked out once in over 80 matches.
8. Mike Tyson: Iron Mike is the youngest champion in boxing history and is a two-time Heavyweight Champion also. His head movement and his power were amazing. He was a fearsome fighter who destroyed Micheal Spinks and Larry Holmes by knockout. He usually intimidated and scared opponents before the opening bell. Also, Tyson had a concrete jaw and it took a lot to hurt him in the squared circle.
9. Joe Frazier: Frazier won the Gold Medal in the 1964 Olympics and the Heavyweight Title by beating Muhammad Ali. He beat top contenders like Jerry Quarry, Jimmy Ellis, Oscar Bonavena. He also fought Muhammad Ali three times and big George Foreman twice in his fierce boxing career. Frazier possessed a deadly left hook perhaps the best in boxing history.
10. Larry Holmes: The Easton Assassin ruled the Heavyweight Division for seven and half years making 20 successful title defenses. He is infamous for being the boxer to "Retire Muhammad Ali". He is also famous for having one of the best jab's in boxing history. Larry Holmes always found a way to win which made him a living legend.
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Rocky Marciano's Best Wins
Rocky has had many great wins in his fantastic 49-0 career. Below are his top wins in his distinguished boxing career.
1. Rocky Marciano K.O. 13 Jersey Joe Walcott: Behind on points Rocky won the heavyweight crown with a crushing right.
2. Rocky Marciano K.O. 8 Ezzard Charles: In the rematch Marciano, bleeding badly from a split nose wins by knockout in 8.
3. Rocky Marciano K.O. 1 Jeresy Joe Walcott: Marciano lays out the usually durable ex champion with one solid shot to the jaw.
4. Rocky Marciano K.O 8 Joe Louis: Louis was at the end of his career but he was never before destroyed in this manner. After pounding away for 7 rounds, Marciano lands a right that puts Louis through the ropes in the 8th heat.
5. Rocky Marciano K.O. 4 Archie Moore: In "The Rocks" final bout he is floored in the first round but, storms back to halt the legendary Archie Moore with a brutal assault in the fourth stanza.
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