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Boxing Top 10
1. Sugar Ray Robinson
Arguably the most technically gifted boxer ever. Speed and power in both hands, he possessed a quick jab and tremendous knockout power. Not many boxers had the ability to "deliver a knockout blow going backward"He is often touted as the greatest 'pound for pound' boxer ever and Ali described him as "The king, the master, my idol".
2. Mohammed Ali
In and out of the ring Mohammed Ali had it all. Speed, agility, power, a granite chin and an arrogance that propelled him beyond the world of sport. Liston, Frazier, Foreman... the list of greats that were beaten by Ali is extremely impressive and if not for Ali fighter like Foreman would have been higher up most boxing greatest lists. His true genius can be seen by comparing his early career with his later years. Not only was he fast and agile when he first became world champion but as he aged he was able to adapt his style to remain at the top of the boxing tree.
3. Joe Louis
The brown bomber dominates his era. Coined the phrases “He can run, but he can’t hide” and “Everyone has a plan until they’ve been hit”. Joe spent most of his early career as being regarded as the number 1 contended without being given a title shot. America were wary of a black World Heavyweight Champion after Jack Johnson's unpopular reign. After finally winning the title from Braddock Joe defended 13 times between 1939 and 1941; a frequency unmatched by any champion since.
4. Rocky Marciano
Total fights 49, Wins 49, KO's 43. There is little more to say. Rocky remains the only undefeated heavyweight champion. He had immense power, was virtually impervious to pain and had a relentless aggressive style that smothered opponents. In a computer generated 'superfight' against Ali he won in the 13th. Would probably have been seen as the greatest if he had had more competition in the ring.
5. Julio Cesar Chavez
6 times champion over 3 different weights. Julio was a Mexican success story, using boxing to drag himself out of poverty; he grew up with five brother and four sisters in an abandon railroad car. Chavez holds the record for longest undefeated streak in boxing history and also holds the record for the number of successful consecutive titles defenses - 27. The list of champions he has defeated reads like a who's who of featherweight, lightweight and super lightweight legends; including Camacho, Fuentes, Ramirez, Gamache and Lonnie Smith.
6. Marvin Hagler
Victories against greats such as Hearns and Duran helps propel marvelous Marv into the top ten. Names Ring Magazine's fighter of the year i both 1983and 1985, Hagler was, for many years, ranked number1 middleweight boxer before being winner the title. Most notably was Hagler's training style which included running in army boots and doing a lot of his runs backwards to mimic in ring movements.
7. George Foreman
He made a name for himself on the profession scene, after winning gold in the 1968 Olympics, by beating Joe Frazier for the Heavyweight title; knocking Frazier down 6 times in the first rounds. 'Big' George is perhaps best known for his 1994 comeback from retirement when he beat Michael Moorer for the Heavyweight title; 20 years after he lost to Ali in the rumble in the jungle. At45 Foreman was the oldest World heavyweight champion in boxing history.
8. Roy Jones Junior
Often referred to as the boxer of the 90's, he is a four weight champion. He was only the second man in history to move from Middleweight champion to heavyweight champion, and the first in 106 years. Superb speed and power coupled with great in ring knowledge and technique.
9. Sugar Ray Leanard
An Olympic gold medallist and a multi weight champion with notable victories against Hearns, Hagler and Duran. He successfully made numerous comebacks following retirements; most famously in 1986 when he returned to face Marvin Hagler. in this super fight an aging Leonard used speed and agility to gain a controversial split decision victory before retiring again the following year. He will always be known as a superbly gifted fighter and a suitable heir to Robinson's moniker.
10. Lennox Lewis
The last unified heavyweight champion. Although he was champion in a poor era of heavyweights his victories include wins over Tyson and Holyfield and current champion Vitali Klitscho. He retired as Champion and is one of only 3 champions to retire after beating every opponent faced; including avenging his 2 losses. He is now regarded as one of the greatest calculating champions.
Willie Pepe, Jack Dempsey, Henry Armstrong, Mike Tyson, Joe Frazier, Sonny Liston, Thomas Hearns, Oscar De La Hoya, Archie Moore, Roberto Duran, Ezzard Charles, Joe Calzaghe