4 of The Greatest Boxers History Has Ever Seen

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Tony Canzoneri

A terrific professional boxer, Tony Canzoneri led a short life of 51 years on earth and spent most of it dominating the sport with his knockout punches. Renowned for his remarkable boxing skills, he set a record, holding three World Championships simultaneously in three different weight categories. He was barely 20 when he won the World Featherweight Championship title - the first of many.

Among Tony’s 44 KO victories, his 1930 winning strike against his mighty opponent Al Singler to grab the World Lightweight Championship will forever remain memorable. The late boxer holds an incredible 141 wins of the 175 bouts he has been in. 

Barney Ross

Barney Ross is a boxing legend, not for the number of wins he posted but for the quality of bouts he’s been in. He’s a brave warrior inside the boxing ring, and his amazing stats of 72 wins of the 81 fights is one of the top winning averages by any boxer. He has held three World Championship titles across three different weight categories. 

Interestingly, Barney has never been at the receiving end of a KO, an impressive feat. In probably one of the best fights in boxing history, he was beaten black and blue by Henry Armstrong in 1938 but refused to drop to the canvas. He walked away, defeated but with his head held high.

Julio Cesar Chavez

Any boxer who goes 87 bouts without losing is a legend, and even after 17 years since his retirement, Julio Cesar Chavez is considered one of the all-time greats in boxing. Breaking and setting records became a norm during his 25-year career; the notable ones are being the first Mexican boxer to hold World Championship titles in three different weight categories and beating the most opponents in the titles fights.

A heavy hitter, Julio’s aggressive fighting style set his opponents on edge. His exceptional boxing skills won him multiple World Championships. It’s a remarkable achievement that he won the coveted “Fighter of the Year” award twice, three years apart in the late ‘80s. 

Ted Lewis

When Ted Lewis passed away in 1970, he left behind an unparalleled legacy as one of the greatest boxers the world has ever witnessed. He was only 18 when he won the British Featherweight title, and less than four months since then to bring home the European Champion title. 

His rivalry with Jack Britton fills up the boxing annals with its intensity. The two fought in 20 bouts, and in 1915, Lewis defeated him to walk away with the World Championship; the title went back and forth between them for a while. His stats of 232 wins out of the total 331 is an impressive record, with 77 wins by KO.