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Boxing's Best Chins of All Time

Updated on January 8, 2016

Boxers with Great Whiskers

Jake La Motta and Sugar Ray Robinson fought in six wars with Sugar Ray winning five times. La Motta took heavy shots but never fell to the canvas.
Jake La Motta and Sugar Ray Robinson fought in six wars with Sugar Ray winning five times. La Motta took heavy shots but never fell to the canvas. | Source
Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Oscar De La Hoya was a one sided bloodbath in favor of The Golden Boy, Oscar De La Hoya.
Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Oscar De La Hoya was a one sided bloodbath in favor of The Golden Boy, Oscar De La Hoya. | Source
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is one of the best middleweight champions in history having defended his crown 12 times.
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is one of the best middleweight champions in history having defended his crown 12 times. | Source
Rocky Marciano and Ezzard Charles met twice with The Rock winning both times, one by decision and a knockout in the rematch in the 8th round.
Rocky Marciano and Ezzard Charles met twice with The Rock winning both times, one by decision and a knockout in the rematch in the 8th round. | Source
Cassius Clay AKA Muhammad Ali now, won a Decision over hard hitting Doug Jones to help secure a title shot at then champion, Sonny Liston.
Cassius Clay AKA Muhammad Ali now, won a Decision over hard hitting Doug Jones to help secure a title shot at then champion, Sonny Liston. | Source

Legendary Shock Absorbers

The boxers on the list below have proven that they have great beards because they were still standing after absorbing bombs from knockout punchers in the sport of boxing. Feel free to leave comments in the comment box at the bottom of this article.

1. Jake La Motta: The Raging Bull never fell down in over a hundred fights till his final fight when he was far past his best. He took Sugar Ray Robinson's Bombs for six fights without falling down. Jake took the best shots of all the best middleweights and light heavyweights of his era without flinching including Robinson, Holman Williams, and Marcel Cerdan. LaMotta was not just a punching bag, however, LaMotta knew how to slip and roll with shots and he had boxing skills in many areas.

2. Julio Cesar Chavez: Chavez was not floored until his 90th fight and even then it was the 11th round and he got up quickly and was not hurt. He took the best shots from Roger Mayweather, Edwin Rosario, Mario Martinez, Meldrick Taylor and Rafael Limon and then knocked out each man. In some cases Chavez took several bombs of leather right down the pipe and didn't even flinch. Not only could he take it he could dish it out as well. Chavez had a devastating right hand and a deadly left hook to the body.

3. Marvelous Marvin Hagler: Hagler took all the best bombs of Tommy Hearns, Roberto Duran, John Mugabi and Vito Antuofermo and still did not budge. In 67 professional bouts Hagler never even wobbled hard. Hagler not only took big shots but when he did he jumped back into the line of fire instantly every time. Hagler took knockout blows from some beasts and always launched a painful assault in return.

4. Rocky Marciano: The Brockton Blockbuster was dropped twice in 49 fights and those were off balance knockdowns and he came back to flatten both men, Archie Moore and Jersey Joe Walcott. Rocky took solid bombs from Walcott, Moore, Joe Louis and Ezzard Charles and walked right through them. Marciano also dealt with cuts and major bleeding during many of his biggest matches.

5. George Chuvalo: The Canadian Iron Man never once tasted the canvas in 93 bouts. He went the distance twice with Muhammad Ali and took all George Foreman and Joe Frazier could dish out and kept coming hard. He oddly seemed to improve and box better after he would take some horrific shots.

6. Carmen Basilio: Basilio had 79 fights and was never counted out. He was stopped twice on cuts but took all the best shots Sugar Ray Robinson could launch for 30 total rounds of action plus he took the best shots of Tony De Marco, Gene Fullmer and Ike Williams. Basilio literally ran into knockout punches yet stayed on his feet.

7. Muhammad Ali: Ali was dropped twice in his career once by Henry Cooper, who he knocked out in the following round and once by Joe Frazirerin the 15th round but he got up dancing on his toes. Ali took the best shots of Frazier three times, Ken Norton three times, George Foreman and the Hard Punching Sonny Liston. Ali also avoided big bombs by dancing, slipping and rolling with the shots.

8. Sugar Ray Robinson: Sugar Ray was only stopped once in 200 fights. Robinson took the best of Carmen Basiolio, Jake La Motta six times, Gene Fullmer, Kid Gavilan, Rocky Graziano and BoBo Olsen. His chin was sturdy and when he was dropped he was up and firing back in seconds. Robinson took on the best of the 1940's and 50's and shook off all of their power shots.

9. Daniel Zaragoza: Zaragoza took the best shots from the best fighters for 20 years without being counted out. Eril Morales, Jeff Fenech, Tracy Patterson and Wayne McCullough all landed numerous flush shots to his chin without The Mouse so much as blinking. Zaragoza also had talent and lots of heart which he showed time and time again inside those ropes.

10. James Toney: Toney fought from middleweight to heavyweight and took the best shots of Sam Peter, Evander Holyfield, Iran Barkley and Roy Jones without ever appearing hurt in over 80 fights in the squared circle. Although he focuses on defense he still absorbed major bombs here and their and walked through them. Toney could dish it out and take it with no problem whatsoever.

Iron Chinned George Chuvalo

George Chuvalo, seen here fighting Muhammad Ali, took the best punches of Ali, Joe Frazier and George Foreman without ever going down.
George Chuvalo, seen here fighting Muhammad Ali, took the best punches of Ali, Joe Frazier and George Foreman without ever going down.

More Steel Chinned Prizefighters

These boxers have shown time and time again that they can take big shots to the chops and come right back firing off their own assault.

11. Mike Tyson

12. Randal Tex Cobb

13. Oliver McCall

14. Evander Holyfield

15. Gene Fullmer

16. Kid Gavilan

17. Harry Greb

18. Sam Langford

19. Shane Mosley

20. George Foreman

Marvelous Marvin Hagler VS Hitman Hearns

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      nick071438 4 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      Hi, lesliebyars, thank you for coming up with this interesting boxing piece. I was delighted reading and knowing the effort and power of these boxers. Keep up the good work!

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      Barry 3 years ago

      Clay was also knocked down by Sonny Banks

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      Buster Johnson 3 years ago from Alabama

      You are correct. Although he was not hurt like he was by bleeding Henry Cooper.

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      Rich T 3 years ago

      Ali knocked down by Chuck Wepner too

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      Mesonoxia 2 years ago

      Glad to see James Toney made the list. We have a tendency to list only the biggest names, or biggest champions, but in reality, James Toney and Smokin Bert Cooper both had better chins than probably everyone on that list except maybe LaMotta, maybe.

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      Randster 18 months ago

      Billy Graham was never knocked offf his feet in 126 fights.He is top five in my book.

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      Ruben 9 months ago

      Kid Gavilan enfrento mucho mejor oposicion que julio Cesar Chavez.

      Por que a Gavilan lo clasifican en un lugar tan lejano??

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