Top 10 heavyweight boxers in history

For you boxing fans, here are the ten best heavyweight boxers.

10. Ezzard Charles

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One of the most steely fighters in history. After Archie Moore, he could be considered the greatest light heavyweight of all time. After a brutal fight, Charles killed Sam Baroudi. He should not be praised because Charles later felt evil and adopted a more cautious demeanor. A gentleman in every way. However, it demonstrates the kinky intensity it had in close mixes.

He is the only man to have lasted 15 rounds with Rocky Marciano, a herculean talent, because in the final two rounds, he could no longer see and took power shot after power shot to the head and body, refusing to go down. Marciano smiled broadly and hugged the bell. He defeated Archie Moore three times, Joey Maxim once, and Charley Burley once. The following year, he defeated senior Joe Louis on points to win the championship.

Whether he was old or young, Louis was still Louis, and his fame was bolstered as a result.

But Walcott returned to take him out, and he tried again, but he couldn't beat Walcott for the title. Then he faced Marciano in two grueling fights. The second was the fight of the year, with Charles cutting off Marciano's nose so badly that his corner had to fill it with super glue to stop the bleeding. He could have shaved half his nose off his face. Marciano, on the other hand, rallied to knock out Charles, knowing that he was in danger of losing to blood.

9. Evandro Holyfield

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Holyfield had almost limitless stamina, which was especially surprising given that he had a bad heart, which no one knew about until his third fight with Riddick Bowe. It was their first fight that cemented both men's legacies. They came to a halt in the tenth round and traded powerful blows of power like two trees, hitting and swinging until Holyfield was knocked out. Then he stood up and swayed some more.

He was defeated by decision in that fight, but he handed Bowe his only defeat so far in their second fight and his only knockdown in their third fight. Mike Tyson was so terrified that he resorted to his ears. Holyfield was one of the few men who refused to mock Tyson's bullying, even slamming a good right on Tyson's face after the bell.

8. Joe Walcott

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He was one of the most talented and phenomenal heavyweight coaches of all time. He took steel Earl Ezzard Charles down for the count, possibly with the best single hook ever placed, a flawless work of art, twisting Charles's head so sharply that viewers thought his neck was broken. It was Walcott's patented move, which he could perform with both hands. He took a few steps back, waited for the man to approach, then flicked him with his backhand, regardless of whether it protected his face. 

He referred to it as his "stealth hand." He used it on Rocky Marciano several times, staggering him and knocking him down one of the only two times Marciano hit the carpet. Archie Moore delivered his second knockdown.

He'd tie up Marciano whenever he got close to dealing damage, and Marciano was losing a lot until the 13th round when Walcott attempted another right hand, which didn't go as planned. Walcott can still be confident that he delivered Marciano the worst punch he has ever taken.

7. George Foreman

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Foreman, widely regarded as the most powerful boxer in history, could easily break men's bones with his punches. Once he hit his stride in the early 1970s, he developed the bad habit of not fearing his opponents and, as a result, only training his power rather than his stamina. When he knocked out Frazier in just two rounds, the world assumed he'd go unbeaten until the end because no one was tougher than Frazier.

Then Ali demonstrated to the world what a well-conditioned body can withstand if the head is kept out of the line of fire. Foreman never fully recovered in his first career, and despite winning many more fights, he had nightmares about trying to finish Ali in time. This was the impetus behind his decision to leave a 10-year retirement. He'd been the champion, defeating Frazier twice. There didn't appear to be anything to prove. 

But he was determined to make amends for his defeat to Ali, and he stunned the world by winning the title at the mature age of 45, fat and flat-footed, from Michael Moorer. Foreman demonstrated, despite his doubts, his ability to take several punishments, both head, and body as if nothing had happened.

The entire arena knew what he was up to with Moorer, but Moorer just stood there with him until Foreman grabbed his right hand. It always lights up.

6. Gene Tunney

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Often regarded as the greatest pure boxer in history, with the ability to hit hard but the footwork to avoid being hit. He could also box the backup, which Ali never had to do because he was so fast he could stay away without punching. When Ali faced a goliath like Foreman, he lit his rope-a-dope, which is a very simple and effective weapon if you can catch it.

It's too dangerous, and no coach has ever recommended it for an entire fight against someone as powerful as Foreman. Tunney's nemesis, Jack Dempsey, possessed the same brutal power and ferocious anger that kept him going.

Tunney couldn't stand the weather, so he used some of the best defensive boxing techniques in the ring's history to keep the Manassa Mauler at bay. Tunney has only lost one professional match in his 66-year career, to Harry Greb. He has twice defeated Harry Greb.

5. Joe Frazier

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Without a doubt, he is one of the toughest men in boxing history. He lived and trained in Philadelphia, which has become synonymous with tough-as-nails boxers. He handed Ali his first defeat, and in their third fight, it lasted 14 rounds, with him overtaking Ali in at least half 5. Because his eyes had swollen and he couldn't see Ali's punches, his corner was calling the fight. When they asked Frazier how he felt after he finished, he said, "We'll fight again!" Both men appeared to have been hit by a brick wall.

Frazier strutted Ali and nearly killed Jerry Quarry with the second biggest left hook in the business. He was hospitalized after his first fight with Ali due to severe dehydration and kidney failure. When faced with a teeming man like Frazier, Foreman's massive power suited him perfectly, and Frazier simply couldn't resist. 

The boxing world was taken aback when they witnessed this in two fights. But he was able to hold his own against Ali in a way that no other fighter at the time could. He and Ali will be forever associated with one of boxing's most famous rivalries.

4. Jack Dempsey

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Dempsey, arguably as popular and well-known across the country as John L. Sullivan in his prime, has the biggest left hook in boxing history. In the first round of Willard's title defense, he used it to defeat him for the first time in his career. He had no problem holding the belt while the fight was being videotaped, and Dempsey annihilated him.

Willard did not answer the fourth bell, despite having a broken jaw, broken cheekbones, broken ribs, and four swallowed teeth. Willard was 6'6.5" and Dempsey was only 6'1", so he had to punch Willard while he was standing, but Dempsey just pounded his body until he bent over.

He was a brawler and lost twice to Tunney. The second fight, in 1927, is the Long Count Fight, during Dempsey's 7th round, which delivered a thundering 8-shot thud that brought Tunney down. Dempsey wasn't going to a neutral corner, a brand new rule, and the referee couldn't start counting until he did. When he finally walked away from Tunney, the referee started counting, and Tunney got up to 9. He had lost about 14 seconds.

He later claimed that he was not injured and was simply wasting his time. It was, however, Tunney's only knockdown, and while he managed to win points, none in the teens and 1920s were as devastating as Dempsey.

In 1973, 78-year-old Jack Dempsey was on his way home from his famous Jack Dempsey Broadway restaurant in Manhattan when a robber barged into his cabin. Before he could demand money, Dempsey turned, slipped the left hook under the man's chin, and threw him out of the car at full speed, landing cold in the gutter. Dempsey slammed the door shut, and the cabin took off. 

3. Joe Louis

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The brown bomber! This was a fantastic fighter! He had the best combination of dance and power punching and the longest reign as world champion, 11 years from 1937 to 1948 when he retired as a champion after 27 title defenses. Max Schmeling was the only man to surpass him in terms of total success. Schmeling, Charles, and Marciano are the only men to have beaten him once each, and Schmeling and Marciano are the only two to have knocked him out.

From January 1939 to May 1941, Louis beat thirteen men in title defenses, a rate of fights that no one had ever seen since the 1800s. It was not uncommon for a champion to accept a large number of fights, let alone title defenses. He is the only man to have defeated James Braddock in the eighth round, with a devastating right hand. If Louis ever had to fight again, he would destroy his opponent. No more being wary.

When he fought Schmeling again, he nearly destroyed him in just one round. He fractured several vertebrae in Schmeling's back but never struck him in the back. Laterally, shockwave force was delivered to Schmeling's sides, breaking many of his ribs as well. When he met Marciano, 29, he was well past his prime.

2. Muhammad Ali

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Everyone on the planet is familiar with his famous motto, "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." His abilities, footwork, and hammer blow of a blow were unrivaled. Marciano referred to him as the fastest heavyweight he had ever seen. Because he trained by punching underwater, he threw punches faster than anyone before or after him. 

He was known as the boxing world's poet, making history by defeating Joe's conqueror, George Foreman, at the time the most powerful boxer in the world. He did it deftly, fighting with a specific game plan to outwit and tease Foreman. His peers thought he was insane. In just two rounds, Foreman knocked out Frazier, who was as tough as nails. When he knocked out Frazier in just 5 rounds two years after losing to Ali, everyone saw that it wasn't a fluke.

Ali is widely regarded as having defeated the toughest heavyweight competition in history, including Frazier, Foreman, Chuvalo, Bonavena, Quarry, Larry Holmes, Ken Norton, Earnie Shavers, and Leon Spinks.

1. Rocky Marciano

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lking again about Joe Walcott- a tough man. He came the closest to knocking Marciano out more than anyone else, and he made Marciano look ridiculous for 12 rounds. It has taken a long time to overcome Marcian's power.

And after that, on the 13th lap, Walcott chose the "stealth right hand," and Marciano awaited him for 5 laps. His right hand was the first to land, and he still holds the record for the hardest punch ever thrown in a fight. The crowd erupted, but when Walcott collapsed, he made no attempt to rise. He just sagged with his left arm over the bottom string, and the referee could have counted on 10,000. The arena has deafeningly quieted. Those in the first row heard a thud and assumed Marciano had snapped Walcott's neck with a swing.

His horny men spent 3 minutes using smelling salts to wake him up. He claimed he had no recollection of it. Marcian's secret to victory was a combination of factors, all of which came naturally to him. Unlike many boxers these days, he enjoyed the training and ran 5 miles every day, 365 days a year, up and down the steep hills around Brockton, Massachusetts. 

Marciano stood up and began walking backward and forward with 30-pound weights strapped to his shoes. He practiced his punches on a heavy 300-pound bag because the standard 80-pound bags could no longer withstand its power. He was eventually able to fold the 300 pounds in half with both fists.

He ran 10 miles a day for about a month before a fight, then 12 to 15 in the final two weeks before the fight. When he entered the ring, he had incredible power, an endless supply of energy, and such a steely chin that he wouldn't mind going through Hell to get close to his opponent. All of this more than compensated for its small stature, which was only 5'10.5 " tall, weighed 189 pounds at its peak, and had a reach of only 67". "Walcott's was 74."

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