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Old 12-08-2004, 08:02 PM #1
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Arrow My Top Ten Greatest Heavyweight Champs Of All Time!

Everyone has their list of top ten heavyweights of all time here is mine. feel free to share yours also.


1)Muhammad Ali- It was amazing that a man of his physical size can move with such swiftness and agility. Was undefeated (30-0)when the title was wrongfully stripped from him in '67. Forced to stay out of boxing for three years, he went through ups and downs and 2 defeats to finally get another title shot at the age of 32 in 1974 and shocked the whole world by defeating the invincinble Big George Foreman. Two amazing title reigns and Ali was also the first man to win the Championship 3 times.

2)Joe Louis- The Brown Bomber was a deadly technician in the ring. During his title reign he faced anyone and anything that was put in front of him. Amazing number of title defenses(25!) and length of title reign.

3)George Foreman- In his early career Big George Foreman was a fighter that had the heavyweight division in fear, with an aura of invinciblity comparable to Tysons and Listons big George would have adversaries shaking in thier boots at the mention of his name. That is until he met Ali in '74. Big George was 42-0 when he lost to Ali. After the loss he went into a downward spiral that caused him to retire from boxing and becoming a preacher, didnt box for ten years. In 1988 Foreman came back with a drive to regain the heavyweight title again. And going through ups and downs he finally won back the title at the age of 45 in 1994 by KO against Michael Moorer. Amazingly regaining the title 20 years after losing it to Ali. Foreman is in the record books for the oldest man ever to win the championship at 45 years old, and also for having the 2nd highest knockout percentage in heavyweight history.

4. Rocky Marciano - The Rock was known for his amazing stamina in the ring like the energizer bunny you can keep beating him down but he just kept on coming. Incredible stamina, iron chin, unbeatable will to win, ability to knock you out with both hands, deadly body shots. What more can you ask for in a fighter. His 49-0 record still stands to this day.

5. Larry Holmes- The Easton Assassin was known for his lightning jab that was strong enough to knock you down. Holmes never got respect because unlike Ali he lacked an arch nemesis liek Ali had with Frazier, and he also ruled during a bleak period in heavyweight history. Spent 8 years as heavywieght Champ and went 48-0 before losing to Spinks almost tying Marciano's 49-0 record.

6. Joe Frazier- one word to describe him- relentless . Like Marciano you can throw everything at this guy and he'd still keep on coming. Owner of one of the deadliest left hooks in heavyweight history. The first man to beat Ali. His 3 dramatic fights with Ali made Smokin Joe Frazier a legend.

7. Lennox Lewis- During his title reign the British lion fought and defeated all the top heavyweights of his day including Holyfield and Tyson. Look at the list of all the fighters The British Lion has defeated and you'll see his place in history cannot be denied. Possessed one of the deadliest right hands in heavyweight history.

8.Evander Holyfield - Evander The Real Deal Holyfield is a man with incredible heart. Possesses one of the greatest chins of all time , this man didnt know the meaning of the word -quit. Proved the critics wrong time after time. Saying he wasnt big enough to be a Heavyweight he went on to win the title a record 4 times. His most dramtic win was when he defeated Iron Mike Tyson for the Title in 1996 when everyone wrote Holyfield off as a hasbeen.

9. Mike Tyson- Iron Mike Tyson's place in history is bittersweet to me because I feel had he stayed with trainer Kevin Rooney, Mike Tyson had the POTENTIAL to become the greatest Heavyweight Champ of all time. Everyone knows Tysons story. Tyson had incredible speed, incredible KO power, great finisher, a violent blood lust to destroy his opponent. Many of Tysons fight would not go past the 2nd round. During Tyson's 3 year reign of terror opponents feared Tyson so much that they would forget to fight back. With his black shoes no socks, black trunks, fade haircut and gym towel draped on his shoulders he had an aura of invincibility that the ring had never seen before or since. In 1988 this man was frightening, his 90 second annihilation of Michael Spinks and 4 round destruction of Larry Holmes truly made him the "Baddest man on the planet".

10. Jack Dempsey- the Monnassa Mauler- was a devestating force to be reckoned with back in his day. Knocked out Jess willard in violent fashion knocking Willards teeth out literally to win the Heavyweight Title,,,,and Dempsey was outweighed by Willard by more than 50 lbs!!!. Dempsey style was the prototype to Tyson, Tyson even borrowed Dempseys style of wearing black shoes, black shorts, fade haircut from Dempsey. Going for the knock out Dempsey could knock you out with either hand. Pure assassin.

***special note - Jack Johnson is my #11. The reason I dont have him ranked higher is because he ruled in an old time era when heavyweights would fight middleweights and even welterweights. In fact Johnson himself fought many fights with many weight mismatches. Had Johnson ruled in a "Modernised Era" he would have placed higher on my list. With that being said I believe Johnson was extremely talented and can even defeat some of the men that rank higher in my list.***



***ReVISED 5/26/2007-Tyson has proven himself to be unworthy and is now replaced by James J. Braddock.

James J. Braddock is #9

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Old 12-08-2004, 08:23 PM #2
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thats a nice top ten and I cant disagree with anything as far as the fighters but i might have dempsey ahead of lennox and holyfield
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thats a nice top ten and I cant disagree with anything as far as the fighters but i might have dempsey ahead of lennox and holyfield

That's interesting but i could see where you would think that.
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Old 12-09-2004, 09:54 AM #4
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My top-10 ranking of the greatest heavyweights, would look something like this;

1. Muhammad Ali
2. Joe Louis
3. Jack Johnson
4. Larry Holmes
5. Jack Dempsey
6. George Foreman
7. Rocky Marciano
8. James Jeffries
9. Joe Frazier
10. Mike Tyson

Honourable mentions to (in no order); Sonny Liston, Gene Tunney, Evander Holyfield, Ezzard Charles, Sam Langford, and Lennox Lewis.
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Old 12-09-2004, 11:45 PM #5
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1) Joe Louis
2) Jack Johnson
3) Ali
4) George Foreman
5) Larry Holmes
6) Sonny Liston
7) Joe Frazier
8) Jack Dempsey
9) Rocky Marciano
10) Jim Jefferies
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Old 12-10-2004, 12:55 AM #6
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1. Ali
2. Joe Louis
3. Larry Holmes
4. George Foreman
5. Rocky Marciano
6. Jack Dempsey
7. Joe Frazier
8. Sonny Liston
9. Evander Holyfield
10. Lennox Lewis
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Old 12-10-2004, 01:46 AM #7
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1. Ali
2. Larry Holmes
3. Joe Louis
4. Rocky Marciano
5. Joe Frazier
6. George Foreman
7. Jack Dempsey
8. Jack Johnson
9. Lennox Lewos
10. Mike Tyson

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Old 12-10-2004, 06:30 AM #8
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Though I have not seen the fights of some of the older figthers in your list, I can say that it's a pretty good lineup based on what I have read about them.
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Old 12-10-2004, 08:35 AM #9
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My top ten

1. Ali
2. Joe louis
3. Jack Dempsey
4. Joe fraizer
5. Jack Johnson
6. George Foreman
7. Evander Holyfield
8. Rocky Marciano
9. Larry Holmes
10. Ken Norton

Honourable mentions
Sonny Liston, John L Sullivan, Peter Jackson, Jim Jeffries, Mike Tyson, maybe Lennox Lewis 15-20.

That was hard either one of them guys could be higher up in the list or lower down. It's all about opinions and that's mine.
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Old 12-10-2004, 02:04 PM #10
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I think it's cool that some of you guys have Jeffries on there, I'm glad he isn't completely forgotten. I still need to find video of him.

If Rocky Marciano could beat George Foreman, then he is the greatest heavyweight of all time, because that would mean his chin is unbreakable, and he could never be stopped. But unfortunately, I think he would get destroyed.

I also see that Jack Johnson is ranked in the Top 3 sometimes, I'd love to see some good quality video of him so I could see his technique.
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