The world of boxing, like most other sports, has been put on hold for now, with this summer’s big fights all postponed for the time being.
With no action going on at the minute, the Evening Standard have taken the time to reflect on what they see as the top 10 boxers of all time.
The list starts, of course, with boxing’s GOAT Muhammad Ali; the man that was able to “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” and a three-time world heavyweight champion.
They note that Ali won two of boxing’s biggest fights in its history, those being the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ and the ‘Thrilla in Manilla’
Next up is Sugar Ray Robinson, who some believe, due to his speed, movement and timing, may have made him slightly better than the previously mentioned Ali. Robinson was the first world welterweight champion and a five-time middleweight champion.
Jimmy Wilde is the next man on their list, who they note as being “probably the best flyweight of all time” and the “the best fighter Britain has ever produced.” With the amount of British talent in the mainstream boxing scene at the minute, however, that title could be very soon up for debate.
Floyd Mayweather is their fourth choice in the list, the ever so controversial boxer has a current 50-0 professional record, which includes 26 successful world title fights. Mayweather is notably the only boxer in their list to fight in this century.
Joe Louis, Willie Pep and Henry Armstrong are the next three entries in their list, all who fought during the 30’s and 40’s.
Pep fought an amazing 242 times, winning 230 of them. Louis reigned as heavyweight champion for over a decade, defending the belt 25 times between 1937 and 1949. Armstrong, at a point in 1939, held titles at featherweight, lightweight and welterweight at the same time and fought 151 times, stopping 101 of those fights.
The eighth man in this list is Sugar Ray Leonard. They note that he starred in “boxing’s greatest modern era” and that his bouts with Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler were legendary. Leonard also won five world titles, all at different weights.
The last two entries are Benny Leonard and Jack Johnson. Both boxers had their careers in early 20th century; Leonard fought 212 times between 1917 and 1923, suffering only four knockout defeats in that time.
Johnson was boxing’s first black heavyweight champion; he reigned for seven years between 1908 and 1915. His wins would spark race riots across America as he starred during a time of mass racism.
They also make honourable mentions to: Roberto Duran, Harry Greb, Roy Jones Jr, Manny Pacquiao and Archie Moore.
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