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Boxing's Best Super Middleweights of All Time

Updated on August 3, 2017

Pictures of Super Middleweight Legends

Roy Jones vs.. Joe Calzaghe was fought in the light heavyweight division and Super Joe won a unanimous 12 round decision.
Roy Jones vs.. Joe Calzaghe was fought in the light heavyweight division and Super Joe won a unanimous 12 round decision. | Source
Roy Jones Jr.won a Silver medal at the 1988 Olympics in one of the worst robberies in Olympic history. As a matter of fact he was voted Best Boxer of the Olympics. Go figure.
Roy Jones Jr.won a Silver medal at the 1988 Olympics in one of the worst robberies in Olympic history. As a matter of fact he was voted Best Boxer of the Olympics. Go figure. | Source
James Toney was a counter punching master in boxing. He won the 168 pound title from Iran Blade Barkley.
James Toney was a counter punching master in boxing. He won the 168 pound title from Iran Blade Barkley. | Source
Nigel Benn, seen here on the cover of Ring boxing magazine was a former middleweight and super middleweight champion.
Nigel Benn, seen here on the cover of Ring boxing magazine was a former middleweight and super middleweight champion. | Source
Andre Ward attacks Carl Froch in defense of his 168 pound championship in New Jersey. Ward won a Gold medal in the 2004 Olympics.
Andre Ward attacks Carl Froch in defense of his 168 pound championship in New Jersey. Ward won a Gold medal in the 2004 Olympics. | Source
Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank battle it out in their super middleweight title bout. The two fought three different times.
Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank battle it out in their super middleweight title bout. The two fought three different times. | Source

Legendary Super Middleweights

1. Roy Jones Jr.: He never lost as a super middleweight and vacated his title to go to light heavyweight. He won the championship from the undefeated James Toney who was on the pound for pound list. He also beat Vinny Pazienza and Eric Lucas among many others. Speed, reflexes, power. Jones had it all in his prime and his reflexes were such that he rarely took more than one shot at a time. Jones schooled every foe he faced n the 168 pound division and he made it look very simple.

2. Joe Calzaghe: He defended the 168 pound title ten times. He also beat Hall of Famer's Roy Jones and Bernard Hopkins. He had very fast hands and he retired from the sport undefeated with a 44-0 record. In the super middle division he topped Byron Mitchell and Chris Eubank. Calzaghe had a very fast and accurate southpaw jab that he used brilliantly. Calzaghe has risen from knockdowns to win and he has won with cuts and broken hands. In short, he has earned his stripes.

3. Nigel Benn- He held the world title for four years and defended it ten times. He beat Gerald McClellan and Chris Eubank to cement his legacy. He could box or brawl but when he got hit hard he had a tendency to abandon the game plan and fight with nothing but hooks and uppercuts. Benn's ring name is The Dark Destricter which describes his style. Pure knockout attempts all the time. Benn punched hard and loved gunning for the stoppage victory which made him exciting nearly every time he fought.

4. James Toney- Toney won the title from Iran Barkley and defended it three times. He beat among others, Tim Littles, Iran Barkley, Prince Charles Williams and Toney Thornton. Toney was a master counter puncher and on his best day his defense rivaled that of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Toney dished out punishment while avoiding 70% of the return fire. Toney had an iron chin, great defense, superb counter punching skills and solid power.

5. Chris Eubank-He held the title for four years and defended it fourteen times. His most noteable fights were against: Nigel Benn and Steve Collins. Eubank had great footwork and he was a master of the feint. Also, Eubank or Simply The Best was a true showman who attracted fans and haters in equal measure. Eubank's ring walks were stuff of legend in England.

6. Sven Ottke-This German fighter, ruled for five years and defended the title eighteen times. He also retired undefeated. Ottke took on all comers although he had a few disputed victories on his ledger. Ottke wasn't great at any one thing but he was very good at virtually everything except he did lack power. Ottke was somewhat limited and nothing stood out about him and to a degree he was an overachiever.

7. Frankie Liles- Liles beat Steve Little for the Super Middleweight Championship and he defended it seven times. He had good footwork and a descent offense complemented by good combination punching. His defense was average and it mainly consisted of blocking shots with his gloves. He would go toe to toe if he had to but he was better win he used angles and picked his shots.

8. Steve Collins-This Irishman, stayed near the top of the 168lb weight class for nearly a decade. He won the title and beat his British counterparts Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank at his peak. He wasn't great at any one thing in the ring but he was very good at almost everything which paid dividends during long, grueling matches.

9. Andre` Ward-He unified the super middleweight titles and is an undefeated, skilled boxer. He has cleaned his division, beating among others: Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler, Glen Johnson and Sakio Bika. Ward has great speed, reflexes and since of timing. Note: Still an active fighter and still has time to improve in the rankings on this list.

10. Mikkel Kessler-He partially unified the super middleweight title beating Markus Beyer for the title. His only losses are to Joe Calzaghe, Carl Froch and Andre` Ward. Solid chin, power and skills have allowed him to excel in the sport. A solid boxer who had the misfortune of having to take on Andre Ward. Note: Still an active fighter and still has time to improve in the rankings on this list.

Mikkel Kessler

Mikkel Kessler took on all comers including Joe Calzaghe, Andre Ward and Carl Froch. He is a former 168 pound champion and a true gentleman outside the ring as well.
Mikkel Kessler took on all comers including Joe Calzaghe, Andre Ward and Carl Froch. He is a former 168 pound champion and a true gentleman outside the ring as well. | Source

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Roy Jones as a Super Middleweight

Jones was his best as a super middleweight and he was rarely even hit. His speed and reflexes were uncanny. He dominated his opponents without getting hit back. His speed and athleticism were amazing and he used to even talk to the commentators during his bouts.

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