Boxing in the s was filled with important fights, events and personalities that shaped the sport.
InMike Tyson emerged as a fresh new face in the heavyweight division, which had seen a decline in champion quality level particularly in the WBA side after Ali's retirement and, later on, after longtime WBC ruler Larry Holmes ' prime. The circle of fights between these five gladiators actually began on November 30,when Leonard beat Benitez by knockout in round fifteen to win the WBC world Welterweight title, on the same night Hagler drew tied with Vito Antuofermo in his first bid to become the world's middleweight champion.
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From then until the end ofClay amassed a record of 19—0 with 15 wins by knockout. Clay also beat his former trainer and veteran boxer Archie Moore in a match. These early fights were not without trials. Clay was knocked down by both Sonny Banks and Cooper. In the Cooper fight, Clay was floored by a left hook at the end of round four and was saved by the bell, going on to win in the predicted 5th round due to Cooper's severely cut eye. The fight with Doug Jones on March 13, was Clay's toughest fight during this stretch.
Jones staggered Clay in the first round, and the unanimous decision for Clay was greeted by boos and a rain of debris thrown into the ring. Watching on closed-circuit TV, heavyweight champ Sonny Liston quipped that if he fought Clay he might get locked up for murder. The fight was later named "Fight of the Year" by The Ring magazine. In each of these fights, Clay vocally belittled his opponents and vaunted his abilities. He called Jones "an ugly little man" and Cooper a "bum. In Clay left Moore's camp, partially due to Clay's refusal to do chores such as washing dishes and sweeping.
To replace Moore, Clay hired Angelo Dundee to be his trainer. Clay had met Dundee in February during Clay's amateur career. By lateClay had become the top contender for Sonny Liston's title. The fight was set for February 25,in Miami Beach. Liston was an intimidating personality, a dominating fighter with a criminal past and ties to the mob. Based on Clay's uninspired performance against Jones and Cooper in his previous two fights, and Liston's destruction of former heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson in two first-round knock outs, Clay was a 7—1 underdog.
Despite this, Clay taunted Liston during the pre-fight buildup, dubbing him "the big ugly bear", stating "Liston even smells like a bear" and claiming "After I beat him I'm going to donate him to the zoo.
The outcome of the fight was a major upset. At the opening bell, Liston rushed at Clay, seemingly angry and looking for a quick knockout. However, Clay's superior speed and mobility enabled him to elude Liston, making the champion miss and look awkward. At the end of the first round, Clay opened up his attack and hit Liston repeatedly with jabs.
Liston fought better in round two, but at the beginning of the third round Clay hit Liston with a combination that buckled his knees and opened a cut under his left eye. This was the first time Liston had ever been cut. At the end of round four, Clay was returning to his corner when he began experiencing blinding pain in his eyes and asked his trainer, Angelo Dundeeto cut off his gloves.
Dundee refused. It has been speculated that the problem was due to ointment used to seal Liston's cuts, perhaps deliberately applied by his corner to his gloves. Despite Liston's attempts to knock out a blinded Clay, Clay was able to survive the fifth round until sweat and tears rinsed the irritation from his eyes.
In the sixth, Clay dominated, hitting Liston repeatedly. Liston did not answer the bell for the seventh round, and Clay was declared the winner by TKO. Liston stated that the reason he quit was an injured shoulder. Following the win, a triumphant Clay rushed to the edge of the ring and, pointing to the ringside press, shouted: "Eat your words!
I shook up the world.There have been many great athletes in the sport of boxing over the decades. Each boxer on this list made a solid name for himself in the ring. It is highly debated who was the greatest of all time, but one thing is for sure: the following list of boxers certainly includes the best of the best.
Art History U. History World History. Famous Boxers There have been many great athletes in the sport of boxing over the decades. Notably, Johnson had his success during the time period when Jim Crow laws were still in effect. In fact, both of his parents had been slaves. Racism ran deep at that time and when Johnson became world heavyweight boxing champion, many whites were furious.
Of his 65 recorded wins in the ring, 51 were by knockout. Dempsey was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in His fights drew in large crowds, often setting attendance records. Additionally, The Associated Press named Dempsey as being the best boxer to fight during the span of to Joe Louis — Nationality: American Known For: Being the world heavyweight champion for almost 12 years longest in history.
He was known as being a very generous and kind man — even donating his winnings twice to military rellief during World War II. In Louis was posthumously honored with the Congressional Gold Medal. He was later named a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Originally named Walker Smith Jr. After becoming pro inhe won his first 40 bouts in a row. He had an astonishing record of wins — of which were knockouts — and only 19 losses.
He even had a streak of 91 wins in a row that lasted for 8 years between and He was the first boxer to ever beat Sugar Ray Robinson. He was known for being able to take a beating and still continue fighting. He was only knocked out one time in his plus fight career and only lost 9 times. Rocky Marciano went 49 and 0, including 43 wins by knockout during his time spent as a professional boxer.
He was not known to have an accurate punch; however, when he landed a blow it was usually devastating. Tragically, he died in a plane crash the day before his 46th birthday. Marciano was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Ali was still a highly questionable figure outside of African-American circles, and other heavyweights had come to the fore during his three-year absence. Elsewhere in the world, at least as much attention was focused on the great champions of the bantamweight, lightweight, welterweight and middleweight divisions as on the brash American with the Muslim name.
Boxing in the s was characterized by dominant world champions. Antonio Cervantes, Alexis Arguello, Bob Foster, Roberto Duran and Carlos Monzon all came to rule their divisions for several years each, and often in the face of substantial opposition. However, the decade is best remembered as the Golden Age of the Heavyweights. The s also saw the entry of two promotional figures who would dominated the sport for the next quarter-century: Bob Arum and Don King.
Sign in. Log into your account. Password recovery. Sunday, April 12, Login with your Social Account. Home Boxing History s Boxing. Where Boxing Stood in the s Boxing in the s was characterized by dominant world champions.
Ali was an early bloomer, and in the first half of his career he demolished the aging remnants of the prior generation of heavyweights Liston, Patterson, Foley, Williams.
It was in the s that he fought men his own age Frazier, Norton, Quarryand then took on and beat an entire crop of young lions to boot Foreman, Shavers, Lyle. He reigned as featherweight and super featherweight champion from to At his natural weight and in his prime, he was the stuff of legend.
What is often forgotten about that classic encounter is that it was Benitez, not Leonard, who was the established champion with the proven track record in Yet to imagine the s junior welterweight picture without him would be impossible. His first reign ran from toand was ended by the aforementioned Benitez. He got his title back after Benitez moved up in weight, and held it untilwhen it was taken from him by the aforementioned Pryor. Cervantes was a good, consistent fighter who came out second best when faced with greatness, but through dogged determination and hard work placed his indelible stamp on the s.
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Contact us: editorial proboxing-fans. Fortuna vs Campbell first, then Haney says promoter Lewkowicz April 10, TV April 10, The s were the greatest decade in history for heavyweight boxing talent. A fourth champion from the decade, Ken Norton, would not be out of place here. But the s were a decade marked by dominant champions.
For a writer like me who first started watching boxing at the very end of the s, this was a bittersweet article to write. Boxing provides moments of greatness for fans every year, without fail. But looking back on the s reminded me of a true golden age that I just barely missed.
Bob Foster is one of the top five light heavyweights of all time and possibly the hardest puncher to ever compete at pounds.
His power allowed him to be a legitimate threat as a heavyweight contender, even as he ruled the world at light heavyweight. Foster captured the undisputed light heavyweight crown in by defeating the great Dick Tiger and entered the decade of the s as a dominant champion.
He retired as reigning champion inafter retaining his title in a draw with Jorge Ahumada. After a break of a year, Foster returned to action. He won five straight before getting stopped in back-to-back fights in and retiring for good. He reigned almost continuously as the undisputed welterweight champion for more than half a decade.
Napoles captured the title from Curtis Cokes in and defeated the legendary Emile Griffith in his first defense.
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He dropped the belt briefly in December when he lost to Billy Backus by TKO after receiving a bad cut to his eye. However, he won it back six months later by stopping Backus in eight. He went on to reign at pounds until losing to John Stacey in his last fight in Napoles lost just once during this four-year stretch, when he challenged the great Carlos Monzon for the middleweight title in Joe Frazier posted a record of just for the decade of the s.
But two of those losses came to George Foreman, a brutal matchup for Smoking Joe, and the other two came against Ali.
Against Ali, Frazier was the Greatest's most difficult opponent. Frazier entered the decade as a dominant, undefeated heavyweight champion. He defended the belt against Ali in "The Fight of the Century" inflooring Ali with his signature left hook in Round 15 and coming away with a unanimous decision.
The decade of the s stands out as one of the greatest in the sport's history. And it is unimaginable without Joe Frazier. One of the greatest bantamweights of all time and one of the biggest pound-for-pound punchers in history, Carlos Zarate had two knockout streaks of 20 or more fights during the s. No other fighter in the sport's history is known to have done this.
Zarate won his first 52 fights before moving up to super bantamweight to challenge Wilfredo Gomez in At the time of their meeting, Gomez and Zarate had a combined record of with 72 knockouts.
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Zarate dropped his bantamweight title to Lupe Pintor in by split decision.During the s, boxing was characterized by dominating champions and history-making rivalries. The decade had many superstars, who also had fierce rivals. Lightweight titles in the '70s, had to overcome Alfredo Escalera twice before the decade was over. The Heavyweights, of course, had Muhammad Aliwho ruled twice between and Another aspect of boxing in the s is that the decade is considered by a few to be the best ever for the Heavyweight division: Ali returned in from his forced retirement, and Joe Frazier was world champion when Ali returned.
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Boxing was still a major sport on network television. It was the last gasp of a golden age, and these were the 10 best. Wilfred Benitez: Youngest ever world champion and a three-division world champ by 22, also a record. Wilfredo Gomez: Most of his dominant run was in the s, but he held titles in three divisions in the s. Dwight Muhammad Qawi: A world champion at light heavyweight and cruiserweight. Involved in two of the decade's best fights against Michael Spinks and Evander Holyfield.
Salvador Sanchez: Perhaps boxing's most tragic "What if? During the s, Evander Holyfield held the heavyweight title on multiple occasions. During one of the greatest decades in heavyweight history, Holyfield was one of the division's top stars. But before that decade even began, he had already established himself as the greatest cruiserweight of all time.
A member of the famed Olympic team, he turned professional later that same year. By he was campaigning as a heavyweight and had beaten top contenders like Alex Stewart, Pinklon Thomas and Michael Dokes by the end of the decade.
Most of Julio Cesar Chavez's biggest fights happened in the s. But by the end of the s, he had already established himself as a legendary star. Chavez captured the WBC light welterweight title in and ended the decade an undefeated champion. I sometimes see Chavez's list of opponents denigrated. It's true that it is padded with some lower-level fighters, but Chavez fought multiple times a year. In the second half of the decade, he emerged as a major name in the sport.
Larry Holmes captured the vacant heavyweight title via split decision against Ken Norton in in one of the best fights in the history of the division.
He reigned as champion until the middle of the s. Holmes ruled over a mediocre class of heavyweights, and after the glory days of the s, his time as champion could not help but lack some luster. As a result, he is an almost criminally underrated champion. Holmes had outstanding lateral movement, perhaps the best jab in the history of the heavyweights and a great chin.
Holmes dropped the belt to Michael Spinks in and lost a rematch in