Boxing fights, unlike other sports games, start only a few weeks after the New Year. As such, all boxing fans right now are eagerly waiting for the start of the regular WBA fights come the end of January. While everyone is looking ahead to what looks like a huge 2019 in the boxing industry, we have decided to take a few moments to give some spotlight to the greatest boxers that have ever taken to the ring. Before we start our countdown though, we just want to remind everyone that when the regular WBA fights start, they can partake in online boxing betting at NoviBet, regardless of where you are, you can place your bet.
Muhammad Ali is arguably the greatest boxer that the world has ever seen. For those who saw him fight during his prime, they can agree with this view. In order to see just how brilliant Ali was, let’s take a few moments to highlight some of his major titles. In the heavyweight bout, Ali in 1960 won the gold medal, that gold medal was the first in a line of other ‘gold’ medals to come. Ali went on to win three heavyweight titles in the process defeating some incredible fighters. Ali retired with a 56-5 record and he had 37 KOs. For those looking to watch Ali in action, the best fights that you can look for are the Rumble in the Jungle fight against George Foreman and the Thrilla in Manilla fight against Joe Frazier.
Sugar Ray Robinson
The record of Sugar Ray Robinson on its own testify to the fact that this man is one of the very best to ever take to the ring. Turning professional at the tender age of 19, it took Sugar Ray Robinson just a few months before he won the welterweight belt. From thereon, Sugar Ray Robinson just climbed the ladders of success. By the time he retired in 1951, he had a 128-1-2 record. After two and a half years in retirement, Sugar Ray Robinson decided to come out of retirement. When he did, he regained his welterweight belt one more time.
Muhammad Ali may be regarded as the greatest boxer ever but there is one thing that he failed to do in his entire boxing career, something that Rocky Marciano actually did i.e. to go undefeated in a whole career. Rocky Marciano was a heavyweight boxer who retired with a perfect 49-0 record! What’s more impressive is that of those 49 wins, 43 of them were knockouts! Some of Rocky Marciano’s greatest fights which the younger folk can look for and watch were against Jersey Joe Wolcott, Archie Moore and Joe Louis.
Apart from being undefeated, another thing which impresses most boxers is going through a long period while holding a championship belt. For Joe Louis, he failed to finish his career undefeated (65-3 record) but he set his own records which to this day are yet to be broken. Joe Louis is the record holder for the most consecutive months as a heavyweight championship holder (140 months). In addition, he holds the record for the most successful heavyweight championship defence (25 times).