Neither tennis, football nor any other sport generates as much passion from its supporters when speculating as to who would succeed whom or who is superior to whom as boxing fans. The following is the listing of the ten finest heavyweight boxing champions in history.
1. Muhammad Ali
He fought every other contender during the time when there were many popular champions in this arena. Simply the Greatest, he earned points as the first man in history to win the title three times. He became the first person to win the lineal heavyweight championship three times as a professional.
2. Jack Johnson
Nicknamed the “Galveston Giant”, Johnson was an American boxer and arguably the best heavyweight boxer of his generation. Being the first black world heavyweight boxing champion (1908-1915), he was a defensive master. He could avoid blows with great ability and had great punching power.
3. Jack Dempsey
He transformed the sport with his superb fighting style. He is also popular for his granite jaw. An American boxer, he held the world heavyweight title from from 1919 to 1926.
4. Joe Louis
Joe Louis, was the world heavyweight boxing champion from 1937 to 1949. Having the longest reign in heavyweight history, he also had an astonishing unbeaten record 25 title defenses. His championship reign extended for 140 consecutive months, during which he took part in 27 championship fights, including 25 successful title defenses – all records for the heavyweight division.
5. Rocky Marciano
Rocky Marciano (September 1, 1923 – August 31, 1969), born Rocco Francis Marchegiano, was the heavy weight champion of the world from September 23, 1952, to April 27, 1956. He retired unbeaten! He has great punching power and endless stamina.
6. George Foreman
George Edward Foreman is an American two-time former World Heavy weight Boxing champion, successful entrepreneur and an Olympic gold medalist. He is also the oldest heavyweight champion in history. He has great thumping power and superb strength in fighting his opponents.
7. Larry Holmes
Larry Holmes is a former world WBC and IBF heavy weight boxing champion. He spent the major part of his adult life in Easton, Pennsylvania, giving rise to his boxing nickname, The Easton Assassin. He ranks only second to Louis in number of title defenses. He possessed the best jab in heavyweight history.
8. Sonny Liston
Charles L. “Sonny” Liston was a professional boxer who became world heavy weight champion in 1962 by defeating Floyd Patterson in the first round. He has great power and force. He was a decent boxer, with a great jabbing ability.
9. Joe Frazier
Joseph “Billy” Frazier, known as Smokin’ Joe is a former Olympic (1964) and World Heavyweight boxing Champion who was active mostly from the later 1960s to the mid 1970s. He had a great heart and could take punishment without ill feelings. Frazier had a bullying fighting style, depending on weaving, bobbing and power punching.
10. Evander Holyfield
He is a professional boxer from the U.S and a multiple world champion in both the heavy weight and cruiser weight categories which earned him the nickname “The Real Deal”. He proved all his critics wrong when they felt he was not strong enough. He used great courage and guts to beat the huge Riddick Bowe. He also showed amazing talent when he defeated Tyson. He earned points for becoming the only four time heavyweight champ.