In every sport, some stand out from the rest. This is determined by their ability to decipher a situation and come up with the right combination of skills. Speed, strength, agility and endurance are other factors that separate the best from the mediocre. This is no different in boxing.
Some fighters stand out of the pack and their maneuvers are admired and documented for all to study and awe at. Manypro boxers come from the African American community.
If you want to have a chance at turning pro like these boxers then you need to give 110% of your time and energy. Not just to training, also by reading books and websites like punchprime.com.
In this article, we will focus on some of the best black boxers that ever graced the ring.
Commonly referred to as “The Greatest”; Ali joined the elite in sports as one the most known and celebrated sportsperson in the 20th century. He stood out in boxing due to his speed, excellent footwork, ability to take the wrath of a punch and monumental courage.
He was the first fighter to be crowned as a heavyweight champion three times. During his 21-year professional tenure, he won 56 times.
His career stats stand at: 61 total fights, 56 wins of which 37 of these are by KO, while he only lost 3 fights.
Nicknamed as “Smokin’ Joe”, Joseph William Frazier was born in 1944. He had a hugely successful professional boxing career. His reign as an undisputed heavyweight champion lasted from 1970 to 1973.
He had previously won a gold medal in the Summer Olympics of 1964. His boxing attributes included strength, ability to last in the ring, terrifying punching power and his tireless pressure fighting tactics.
One of his best-known tactics was a power-filled left hook that resulted in most of his knockouts. Another milestone in his career is that he was the first fighter to defeat Muhammad Ali.
In his whole career, he only lost to Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, in both cases twice. His boxing record stands at 37 total fights, 32 wins, wins by KO 27, 4 losses and 1 draw. He died on November 7,2011 at 67 years of age.
Floyd Mayweather Jr
Born on February 24,1977,Mayweather is one of the most well-known professional boxers due to his lavish lifestyle and his unbeaten record of 50-0.
His career spanned from 1996 to 2015, but made a comeback for one fight in 2017. His style is attributed to power, speed and technical expertise making him one of the best fighters of all time.
He has also mastered the “hit and not be hit” skill set where he makes sure that he lands his punches on the opponent then weave and duck his opponents strikes. Other traits include; Fast hands, tactical adaptability and tiring the opponent then using this to his advantage.
His boxing record stands at: 50 total fights, 50 wins of which 27 are by KO.
Born in June 30, 1966, Tyson has been regarded as one of the best to have ever graced the ring. He was the first heavyweight boxer to consequently hold titles in WBA, WBC and IBF. He is also the youngest boxer to successfully win a heavyweight title at 20 years of ageand also at 22 years of age.
Tysonwas described as the ideal fighting machine due to his powerful explosive punching. He is known to win some of his battles with only one-punch knockout. He won his first 19 professional fights by knockout of which the 12 of them in the first round.
His boxing records stats stand at 58 total fights, 50 wins of which 44 were wins by KO. He has lost 6 fights and 2 matches ended as no contest.
Sugar Ray Leonard
Born in 17th May 1956, Sugar Ray Leonard is a former American professional boxer. His reign lasted from 1977 to 1997 when he won world titles in 5 weight divisions.
His genius footwork and the ability to dictate the distance between him and his opponents were key for him. He was swift and managed to use all these weapons in his arsenal to knock out his opponent. It is said that his feet moved faster than his hands hence keeping just the perfect distance between him and his opponent.
His boxing record stands at 40 fights with 36 wins and 3 losses. 25 wins were by knockout 11 by decision.
Commonly known by his nickname Galveston Giant, John Arthur Johnson (1878 – 1946) was the first African American to be crowned as a champion from 1908 to 1915.
During his career reign, black boxers were prohibited from fighting white boxers and the world heavyweight competition was prohibited. He was known for his distinctive fighting style where he fought defensively and waited for his opponent to become worn out.Then he would increase his aggression and ultimately defeat his opponent.
His professional fighting record stands at: 96 fights with 71 wins, 11 losses, 11 draws while 3 matches ended as a no contest.
By having a look at these boxers’ legendary careers, these fighters knew their strengths and honed their skill in this line. It also shows that the black community can embrace boxing as a sport and have an avenue to demonstrate their prowess in fighting.