View Full Version : Top 10 Heavyweights of the 70`s


Kid Canada
02-03-2006, 09:49 AM
Here they are in order.

1.Ali
2.Foreman
3.Frazier
4.Holmes
5.Norton
6.Quarry
7.Lyle
8.Shavers
9.Young
10.Ellis

Discuss.

Frazier's 15th round
02-03-2006, 10:21 AM
Good list. I'd probably go:

1. Ali
2. Foreman
3. Frazier
4. Holmes
5. Quarry
6. Norton
7. Young
8. Lyle
9. Ellis
10. Shavers

Southpaw Stinger
02-03-2006, 12:06 PM
1.Ali
2.Foreman
3.Frazier
4.Norton
5.Holmes
6.Quarry
7.Lyle
8.Shavers
9.Young
10.Ellis

So many great heavies to choose from!

Kid Canada
02-03-2006, 12:09 PM
Your list looks very familiar. I guess great minds really do think alike.

Yaman
02-03-2006, 12:50 PM
The 70s was the best era in boxing ever.

Southpaw Stinger
02-03-2006, 01:30 PM
The 70s was the best era in boxing ever.

No doubt about that!

Yogi
02-03-2006, 05:10 PM
I'm just curious, but why do you guys have Jimmy Ellis listed if it's a ranking restricted to the Heavyweights of the 70's?

Dempsey 1919
02-03-2006, 05:14 PM
1. ali
2. foreman
3. frazier
4. norton
5. ellis
6. quarry
7. lyle
8. bonavena
9. young
10. shavers

Yogi
02-03-2006, 05:18 PM
5. ellis
9. young

You're kidding right?

Dempsey 1919
02-03-2006, 05:30 PM
You're kidding right?

young is better than ellis?

Yogi
02-03-2006, 05:45 PM
young is better than ellis?

In the 70's he certainly was, yes...He wasn't pretty, but Young was effective enough with his style to beat Foreman, Lyle x2, and on my card he defeated both Norton & Ali (although that Ali/Young fight sucked so much, neither of the two really deserved to win it). I've heard the draw with Shavers was also a flat out robbery against Young, so if that was the case then Young should've been 1-1 against Shavers...Jimmy Young may have been the best Heavyweight in the world from about 1975 to 1977.

Compare that to Ellis and what do you have...a win over an older George Chuvalo and what else?

Dempsey 1919
02-03-2006, 05:47 PM
In the 70's he certainly was, yes...He wasn't pretty, but Young was effective enough with his style to beat Foreman, Lyle x2, and on my card he defeated both Norton & Ali (although that Ali/Young fight sucked so much, neither of the two really deserved to win it). I've heard the draw with Shavers was also a flat out robbery against Young, so if that was the case then Young should've been 1-1 against Shavers...Jimmy Young may have been the best Heavyweight in the world from about 1975 to 1977.

Compare that to Ellis and what do you have...a win over an older George Chuvalo and what else?

well, maybe your right, but the definetely the best 4 hw's of the 70s, were ali, foreman, frazier, and norton in that order. the others are a toss-up for me.

Yogi
02-03-2006, 06:16 PM
well, maybe your right, but the definetely the best 4 hw's of the 70s, were ali, foreman, frazier, and norton in that order. the others are a toss-up for me.

Ellis wasn't a bad fighter, don't get me wrong, as he did have some pretty decent boxing skills (good jab & fair footwork on the outside, quick hands, sneaky quick uppercuts inside, etc.). It's just that...well, you and I had a brief conversation about Jack Sharkey a couple of weeks ago and you asked how he'd do against Jimmy Ellis. At that time I said something along the lines of reacquainting myself with Ellis, and after doing so, I can't say that I was overly impressed by him...I had Patterson beating him pretty clearly in their WBA title fight, and both Ali & Frazier(x2) whooped on him pretty good in those fights. Heck, even though I thought Ellis deserved the nod he got against Quarry for the vacant WBA title, I was more unimpressed with Quarry's performance(one of his worst I thought) than I was impressed with Ellis performance in that rather boring fight of theirs.

Ellis was a fairly good fighter who had a decent career when including his fights from the 60's (a bit of an overachiever, maybe?). But his talents & especially accomplishments in the 1970's don't warrant a spot in the top ten for that decade, in my opinion, and certainly not the fifth place spot you gave him.