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Boxers With The Best Uppercuts of All Time

Updated on May 2, 2017

Uppercut Masters!

George Foreman knocked Joe Frazier down six times in two rounds to win the heavyweight championship.
George Foreman knocked Joe Frazier down six times in two rounds to win the heavyweight championship. | Source
Lennox Lewis, seen landing a big uppercut on Evander Holyfield, was a heavy handed boxer.
Lennox Lewis, seen landing a big uppercut on Evander Holyfield, was a heavy handed boxer. | Source

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The Uppercut Power To End It

Roland LaStarza feels the power of Rocky Marciano's viscous uppercut.
Roland LaStarza feels the power of Rocky Marciano's viscous uppercut. | Source
Juan Marquez has a fast, hard and accurate uppercut which he is seen landing here on Manny Pacquiao.
Juan Marquez has a fast, hard and accurate uppercut which he is seen landing here on Manny Pacquiao. | Source

Ten Boxers With Deadly Uppercuts

1. George Foreman: Big George won a gold medal in the 1968 Olympics and the heavyweight crown twice. The first time he knocked out Joe Frazier to win the title and the second time Foreman won the title he became the oldest heavyweight champion in history at 45. Foreman had fearsome power especially in his uppercut which he launched with ferocious power from both hands. He destroyed Joe Frazier twice, Kenny Norton and Gerry Cooney just to name a few with his lethal uppercut. Foreman retired with a record of 76-5 with 68 knockouts.

2. Mike Tyson: Iron Mike is a two time heavyweight champion and the youngest ever heavyweight champion having won the belt at only 20 years of age. Tyson had speed and power not to mention and a great defense early in his career. His favorite combination was the right hook to the body followed by a right uppercut to the head. He demonstrated his uppercuts with deadly force on Jesse Furgeson, Frank Bruno twice, Jose Ribalta, Larry Holmes, Buster Douglas, Tony Tubbs and Razor Rudduck among others. Mike Tyson left the sport with a record of 50-6 with 44 knockouts.

3. Rocky Marciano: The Brockton Blockbuster is the only heavyweight champion in history to retire undefeated. He was short in height and reach for a heavyweight but it did not matter. The Rock was somewhat raw but he could roll with punches and he tossed haymakers constantly from the first bell to the last. Among his best shots was his left and right uppercuts especially his right one. Jersey Joe Walcott tasted it in two knockout defeats, Ezzard Charles, Joe Louis and Archie Moore all felt Marciano's one hitter quitter. Marciano retired with a blemish free mark of 49-0 with 43 knockouts.

4. Lennox Lewis: The Lion won a gold medal in the 1988 Olympic Games and the heavyweight championship three different times. He was tall with a long reach and he had a master jab but his power was also a thing of beauty. He knocked out and hurt many top notch boxers with his vaunted uppercut including Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Michael Grant, Andrew Golota and Ray Mercer. Lewis stopped many concrete chinned fighters in their tracks with his accurate and crisp uppercut. Lennox Lewis retired from the prize ring with a record of 41-2-1 with 32 knockouts.

5. Juan Manual Marquez: Dinamita has won world titles in the featherweight, Jr. Lightweight, Lightweight and Jr. Welterweight divisions. He is a master technician especially when it comes to counter punching. He counters with the uppercut, uses it in combinations and sometimes leads with it. Manny Pacquiao, Juan Diaz, Marco Antonio Barrera, Joel Casamayor and Manuel Medina all felt the wrath of Marquez's vaunted uppercut which is powerful and thrown with excellent technique. Juan Marquez has a resume reading 55-7-1 with 40 knockouts.

6. Sugar Ray Robinson: Sugar Ray is the former welterweight champion, five time middleweight champion and universally accepted best fighter pound for pound who ever lived. He fits into most top ten list including this one. Gene Fullmer, Rocky Graziano, Carmen Basilio, Jake La Motta and Kid Gavilan among others felt the thump of Robinson's punishing uppercuts which he launched from the hip with both hands. Sugar Ray had fast, accurate and hard uppercuts which he used to end several of his bouts with. Ray Robinson retire with a record of 173-19-6 with 108 knockouts.

7. Roy Jones, Jr.: Jones won a silver medal in the 1988 Olympics and championships in four weight classes including middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight. Jones had great speed, power and reflexes and he threw punches from all sorts of odd positions. It was common for Roy Jones to lead with left or right uppercuts and sometimes he ended bouts with these crisp, short and hard shots. Some of the boxers that tasted the power of Jones's uppercuts were Antoine Byrd, Vinnie Pazienza, John Ruiz, Thomas Tate and Merqui Sosa. Jones has a boxing record of 57-8 with 40 knockouts.

8. Sonny Liston: Liston learned how to box in prison and he learned his trade well. He has one of the best jabs in history and his power is second to none. Liston put all his body into his punches especially the left hook and the uppercut. He would twist and turn into it and when he landed a Clean uppercut his bouts were usually coming to their conclusion. Liston won the heavyweight championship by knocking out Floyd Patterson in one round. He repeated this feat in one round again on the rematch. Liston also used his uppercut to knockout or hurt opponents such as Zora Folley, Cleveland Williams, Mike DeJohn, Eddie Machen and Nino Valdes. Liston retired with a record of 50-4 with 39 knockouts.

9. Henry Armstrong: Homicide Hank won titles in the featherweight, lightweight and welterweight divisions. More impressive was the fact that he held them all at the same exact time. Also, He holds the record for the most welterweight title defenses. Armstrong was a whirlwind puncher who threw punches from anywhere and everywhere. Armstrong was known to throw lots of uppercuts. Some of the opponents that have tasted his hard uppercuts were Al Davis, Sammy Angott, Lew Jenkins, Fritzie Zivic and Barney Ross. Henry Armstrong left the sport with a record of 150-21-10 with 101 knockouts to his credit.

10. Earnie Shavers: The Acorn never won a world title but if not for Ali and Larry Holmes he would have. He is considered one of the hardest punchers in boxing history. He tossed hydrogen bombs with each shot and his uppercut put many top contenders to sleep. Among the victims of Shavers uppercuts were Jimmy Ellis, Ken Norton, Larry Holmes, Muhammad Ali, Jimmy Young and Roy Williams. Shavers left prizefighting with a record of 74-14-1 with 68 knockouts.



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Lennox Lewis's Best Victories

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Iron Mike Finishes Frank Bruno

Mike Tyson rips an uppercut into England's Frank Bruno in their 1995 rematch.
Mike Tyson rips an uppercut into England's Frank Bruno in their 1995 rematch. | Source
Sugar Ray Robinson was an offensive genius in the squared circle and his powerful uppercut was no exception.
Sugar Ray Robinson was an offensive genius in the squared circle and his powerful uppercut was no exception. | Source

Fantastic Fight Ending Uppercuts

George Foreman K.O. 2 Joe Frazier: Foreman knocked Frazier down six times to win the heavyweight crown in 1973. On one of the knock downs Foreman actually landed an uppercut that lifted Frazier off his feet.

Mike Tyson Win by DQ in 5 Jesse Furgeson: Tyson pounded on the Boogeyman for five rounds before landed a huge right uppercut that laid Fergeson down on his face. Fergeson beat the count and then held on until he was disqualified. Afterwards, Tyson said that he tried to push the nose bone into the brain.

Jersey Joe Walcott K.O. 7 Ezzard Charles: Walcott fought Charles four times but in this their third bout Walcott landed a brutal uppercut to leave Charles out on the mat. The bomb made Walcott the heavyweight champ.

Roy Jones, Jr. K.O. 1 Montell Griffin: In their rematch Jones Leveled Griffin with a left hook and then chased him down. Finally, Jones uncorked a devastating left uppercut that put Griffin down and out.

Juan Manuel Marquez K.O. 9 Juan Diaz: In a back and forth bout Marquez finally put Diaz out for the count with a perfectly timed short uppercut to win the match in the ninth round.


Big George Destroys Joe Frazier

Roy Jones, Jr. vs. Felix Trinidad

A past his prime Roy Jones lands an uppercut against a past his best Tito Trinidad.
A past his prime Roy Jones lands an uppercut against a past his best Tito Trinidad.

Birthplace of George Foreman (Houston, Texas)

Iron Mike Knocking Out Frank Bruno

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