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Pictorial History of Boxing's Super Middleweight Division

Updated on January 22, 2016

Pictures of the Super Middleweight Greats

James Toney dominates Iran The Blade Barkley for the Super Middleweight Title.  Lights Out Toney was a defensive and counter punching master.
James Toney dominates Iran The Blade Barkley for the Super Middleweight Title. Lights Out Toney was a defensive and counter punching master. | Source
Sugar Ray Leonard won titles in five weight classes including the Super Middleweight Division.
Sugar Ray Leonard won titles in five weight classes including the Super Middleweight Division. | Source
Steve Collins and Nigel Benn waged a war when they fought each other. Benn was known as the Dark Destroyer.
Steve Collins and Nigel Benn waged a war when they fought each other. Benn was known as the Dark Destroyer. | Source
Michael "Second To" Nunn was a former Middleweight and Super Middleweight Champion
Michael "Second To" Nunn was a former Middleweight and Super Middleweight Champion | Source
When Tommy Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard met in a rematch in 1989 it was in the Super Middleweight Division.
When Tommy Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard met in a rematch in 1989 it was in the Super Middleweight Division. | Source
Roy Jones, Jr. dominated James Toney by winning a twelve (12) round decision and winning the Super Middleweight title in the process.
Roy Jones, Jr. dominated James Toney by winning a twelve (12) round decision and winning the Super Middleweight title in the process. | Source
Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn fought three times in the 160 pound and the 168 pound weight classes.
Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn fought three times in the 160 pound and the 168 pound weight classes. | Source
Joe Calzaghe unified the Super Middleweight division by beating Jeff Lacy by lopsided decision.
Joe Calzaghe unified the Super Middleweight division by beating Jeff Lacy by lopsided decision. | Source
Sven Ottke held the IBF title from 1998 until he retired in 2004. He retired undefeated even though he had a few close calls during his ring career.
Sven Ottke held the IBF title from 1998 until he retired in 2004. He retired undefeated even though he had a few close calls during his ring career. | Source
Carl Froch destroyed undefeated champion Lucian Bute by knockout and became the champion yet again.
Carl Froch destroyed undefeated champion Lucian Bute by knockout and became the champion yet again. | Source
Carl Froch lost a close decision to Mikkel Kessler in a super middleweight title fight. The pair had a rematch and Froch evened the score.
Carl Froch lost a close decision to Mikkel Kessler in a super middleweight title fight. The pair had a rematch and Froch evened the score. | Source
Carl "The Cobra" Froch lost his super middleweight laurels to Andre Ward.
Carl "The Cobra" Froch lost his super middleweight laurels to Andre Ward. | Source

The Best 168 Pound Boxers in History

1. Roy Jones, Jr.: Superman Roy Jones beat James Toney for the Super Middleweight Crown. Toney was on all pound for pound list at the time and he had a record of 44-0 going in to this fight. Jones defended the title five (5) times and had one non title 'bout. He embarrassed Hall of Fame bound Toney and then he knocked out Vinnie Pazienza, Merqui Sosa and Eric Lucas among others. He rarely lost a single round as he flattened the competition with a rare blend of speed and power. He never lost a bout in this division. Jones also won championships as a middleweight, light heavyweight and even as a heavyweight.

2. Joe Calzaghe: The Pride of Wales won the Super Middleweight laurels by upsetting Chris Eubank and winning by decision and even knocking down the steel chinned Eubank in Round 1. Calzaghe defended his crown twenty-one (21) times against some no hopers and some really good contenders. Calzaghe was a southpaw who never stopped throwing flurries. His best one hundred sixty eight (168) pound victories were over Eubank, Charles Brewer, Jeff Lacy and Mikkel Kessler. Calzaghe used speed and a can not lose attitude to conquer this division. He also won the light heavyweight world title.

3. Nigel Benn: The Dark Destroyer won the Super Middleweight Championship by knocking out Mauro Galvano in four (4) rounds. Benn defended his crown nine (9) times before losing it. He was a hard charging big puncher with power in both hands. His top wins were against Galvano twice (2), Gerald McClellan, Thulani Malinga and Henry Wharton. Nenn also has a draw against Chris Eubank. Benn was relentless at his best and he was a constant threat rom the first heat until the last.

4. James Toney: Lights Out beat Iran Barkley by 9th round technical knock out. to win the Super Middleweight Crown. Toney defended the title three times before losing it by decision to Roy Jones, Jr. He also won seven (7) non-title fights while holding the belt. Toney has won of the best defenses in boxing history and he is a great counter puncher. His top wins at Super Middle have come against Barkley, Prince Charles Williams, Tony Thornton, Tim Littles and Doug DeWitt.

5. Chris Eubank: Simply the Best beat Michael Watson for the 168 pound strap and defended it successfully fourteen (14) times but two of them were draws. He had great footwork and a good jab. His chin was also made of concrete or it seemed so. His biggest wins in this division were over Thulani Malinga, Lindell Holmes, Ray Close and Tony Thornton. He also has a draw with Nigel Benn.

6. Sven Ottke: The Phantom was not a hard puncher but he was technically on point with his jab, right hand and footwork. Ottke beat Charles Brewer for the Championship and defended it twenty-one (21) times before retiring undefeated with a mark of 34-0 with six (6) knockouts. His best victories came against: Brewer, Thomas Tate, Glen Johnson, Anthony Mundine and Byron Mitchell.

7. Frank Liles: Fabulous Frank won the Super Middleweight Title by beating Steve Little. Liles defended the title seven (7) times before losing it to Byron Mitchell. He was a good boxer- puncher who could use his footwork, jab and lots of feints to win fights. His top wins in this weight class came against: Little, Merqui Sosa, Segundo Mercado and Tim Littles.

8. Steve Collins: The Celtic Warrior won The Super Middleweight Championship by beating Chris Eubank. He defended the title seven (7) times before retiring still as the champion. He was not a power puncher but, he would wear you down with a consistent body attack and with his underrated boxing skills. His biggest wins have come against: Eubank (twice), Nigel Benn (twice) and Craig Cummings.

9. Andre Ward: Son of God or S.O.G. won the Super Middleweight Crown from Mikkel Kessler and so far (he is still active) has defended it five (5) times. He is highly skilled especially on defense. Ward rarely gets hit clean or with more than one shot at a time. His top wins have come against quality fighters such as: Kessler, Carl Froch, Chad Dawson, Arthur Abraham and Sakio Bika. He may move up on this list as his career continues to un-fold.

10. Mikkel Kessler: The Viking Warrior won the one hundred sixty-eight (168) pound crown by knocking out Manny Siaca. He defended it four (4) times before losing a decision to Joe Calzaghe. He won the crown again and defended it twice before Andre Ward took it. Kessler who has power in both hands and a solid jab won the title a third time by beating Carl Froch. His best wins have come against: Froch, Anthony Mundine, Eric Lucas and Markus Beyer.

James Toney vs Iran Barkley Highlights

Roy Jones,Jr. Highlights

Joe Calzaghe's Best 168 pound Wins

Chris Eubank
Jeff Lacy
Mikkel Kessler
Byron Mitchell
Charles Brewer
Sakio Bika
Robin Reid
Omar Sheika
 
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      rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Great article! My dad was an avid boxing fan and he would have loved this article. Loved the images. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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