MORE GREAT BOXERS
Added on: 26th Jan 2015
If you’re a boxing fan then you know Dariusz as “the beast” or as
the boxer that a prime Roy Jones Jr. ducked and avoided openly.
On the other hand, Dariusz fought against anyone and accepted any
challenge, becoming a world champion in two weight divisions. He held
the WBO Light Heavyweight title for nine years (1994–2003) and set the
record for most title defences in the history of this weight division
with twenty-three. He went undefeated for forty-eight bouts before
losing a controversial split decision to Julio César González of
Mexico at age thirty-five.
Every boxing expert you ask will tell you that Nicolino Locche is one of
the three greatest defensive boxers in the sport’s history along with
Floyd Mayweather and the legendary Willie Pep. Locche turned
professional at age nineteen and achieved a record of 117–4, during
which time he held the WBA Light Welterweight world title for four years
entertaining the crowds with his one-of-a-kind boxing style.
Here’s the crazy thing about Vasyl Lomachenko: he’s only twenty-six
and many boxing experts consider him the greatest amateur boxer in history.
With a “magic” record of 396 wins and only one loss which he
avenged twice, he went on to win two Olympic gold medals and two gold at
the World Amateur Championships, while as a professional he made
history this past June by joining Saensak Muangsurin as the fastest boxer
to win a world title in only his third professional bout by beating
America’s hottest boxing prospect, Gary Russell Jr. In this case the phrase
“the sky’s the limit” is perfectly apt and for all we know in ten years
time he might be ranking at number one in such list.
Alexis Argüello became a world champion in three different
weight divisions and was voted by the Associated Press in 1999 as the
number one junior lightweight of the twentieth century. Additionally,
the Nicaraguan legend is considered one of the greatest punchers and
KO artists ever with an impressive record of seventy KOs in his
eighty-eight total victories.
Jimmy Wilde was a Welsh boxer who held the flyweight title for seven
years in an era when boxing was as popular and brutal as ever.
Even though he retired back in 1923, almost a century ago,
Jimmy “The Mighty Atom” Wilde is still ranked and considered by
boxing experts and fans alike the greatest flyweight boxer in history,
and with a record of 139 wins and only 5 losses we can’t really
argue with that assessment.
Cerdan is one of the finest world middleweight champions in history
with one of the most impressive boxing records: 113 wins and
4 losses, two of them from being disqualified in fights he was winning.
He’s widely considered France’s greatest boxer, but unfortunately his
boxing career and relationship with the famous French singer Édith Piaf
were cut short when he lost his life at age thirty-three in a tragic
airplane crash in 1949.
Vitali Klitschko is the older brother of the current heavyweight champion,
Wladimir Klitschko, and he is the former WBC, WBO, and The Ring
magazine heavyweight champion. With an incredibly high 87.23 percent
knockout percentage rate, he holds the second best knockout ratio of
any champion in heavyweight boxing history, behind only Rocky Marciano’s
87.76 percent. In 2008 he and his younger brother made history becoming
the first world champion brothers at the same time and in 2011 they made
history again becoming the first brothers to hold every World Championship
belt in the same weight division simultaneously.
Lewis is a retired British boxer with Jamaican roots and the one who
started the European surge in boxing’s most historic and
prestigious weight division, the heavyweight, nearly twenty years ago.
He convincingly beat the likes of Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson and
retired as a world champion before he passed the torch to his fellow
European champions who followed such as the Klitschko brothers,
Ruslan Chagaev, Alexander Povetkin, and Nikolai Valuev among others.