Greatest Boxers

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Joe Louis

Joe Louis [Boxing Era: 1954–1961]. Known as ‘The Brown Bomber’, Joe Louis was an American icon. He only had one loss against Germany’s Max Schmeling. In a historical 1st round KO, Louis single-handedly dismantled the Nazi image of invincibility.

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Joe Louis
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Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali [Boxing Era: 1960–1981]. Muhammad Ali was electrifying in all aspects of the sport—exciting, outspoken and entertaining. Ali often taunted his opponents in the ring with fake punches and shuffles. He also promoted boxing. His trash talk and antics were unprecedented in boxing.

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Muhammad Ali
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Sugar Ray Robinson

Sugar Ray Robinson [Boxing Era: 1940–1965]. Robinson is perhaps the best of boxing talent which the world has seen. He was an enigma who possessed awesome KO power in his punch, lightning fast speed, outstanding footwork and dexterity, and a solid chin. When all variables in making a boxer great are considered, Ali and Louis and Robinson are above the rest.

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Sugar Ray Robinson
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Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson [Boxing Era: 1897–1945]. Jack Johnson was the first African American Heavyweight Champ. He humiliated his opponents, holding them up and kept them from being knocked out so he could keep beating on them. The press abused and discredited him, but Johnson still couldn’t be beaten. For over a decade, nobody could beat Johnson. 

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Jack Johnson
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Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson [Boxing Era: 1985–2005]. Tyson has been snubbed and forgotten, which is both outrageous and unfair. Absolutely no other boxer in boxing history has amassed such a legendary fear factor and buzz than ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson.  

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Mike Tyson
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Jack Dempsey

Jack Dempsey [Boxing Era: 1914–1927]. Jack Dempsey is one of the most popular American boxers in history. He’s known for setting the highest attendance and purse records and had the  first million dollar fight ever. Dempsey was known for being the most savagely brutal and entertaining boxers of all time. Missing teeth, broken jaws and swollen eyes were expected from Dempsey, a ‘superhuman wild man’.

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Jack Dempsey
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Julio Cesar Chavez

Julio Cesar Chavez [Boxing Era: 1980–2005]. Chavez is a Mexican legend who went over ten years straight without a loss. Known as a tough as nails fighter, he brought a great fight to the ring. Chavez has earned himself the uncontested distinction of being ‘Mexico's Greatest Fighter’.

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Julio Cesar Chavez
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Rocky Marciano

Rocky Marciano [Boxing Era: 1948–1955]. Rocky Marciano is one of the hardest punchers ever. His biggest claim to fame is being the only undefeated heavyweight champion. Although Marciano wasn’t smooth with regard to finesse, he made up for it by powerfully punching his opponents.

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Rocky Marciano
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Henry Armstrong Junior

Henry Armstrong Junior [Boxing Era: 1931–1945]. Henry Armstrong was the first and only boxer to hold three world championship division titles at the same time. He would’ve won a fourth, something that no one has come close to doing ever, but fell short due to a controversial draw against Ceferino Garcia. His greatest achievement is defending the welter weight title more times than anyone else in boxing history.

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Henry Armstrong Junior
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Willie Pep

Willie Pep [Boxing Era: 1940–1966]. Willie Pep is an Italian–American boxer who fought for 26 years with a total of 229 wins out of 241 fights, perhaps the most impressive record in boxing. Pep was the World Featherweight Champion with an astounding record of 61-0 before finally losing to another World Champion and fellow future Hall of Famer, Sammy Angott by decision in 1943. Pep bounced back and won five fights for the rest of that year. He did it again through the year of 1944, winning all 16 fights he fought in.

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Willie Pep
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