Posts Tagged ‘#JoeLouis’

10. Marvelous Marvin Hagler:  62 – 3 – 2, 52 KO’s   (Middleweight)

  • Undisputed Middleweight Champion form 1980-1987.
  • Made 12 undisputed title defenses.
  • Holds the highest KO% of any undisputed champion in Middleweight history at 78%.

9.  Rocky Marciano:  49 – 0 – 0, 43 KO’s   (Heavyweight)

  • Held world heavyweight title from 1952-1956.
  • Defended heavyweight title 6 times.
  • Finished career undefeated with a KO% of 87.75%

8.  Julio Cesar Chavez:  107 – 6 – 2, 86 KO’s   (Lightweight)

  • 6 time world champion in 3 divisions.
  • Holds record for most successful title defenses at 27.
  • Considered the best Mexican fighter of all time.

7.  Roberto Duran:  103 – 16 – 0, 70 KO’s   (Lightweight)

  • Held titles in 4 different weights.  Lightweight (1972-79), Welterweight (1980), Junior Middleweight (1983-84), Middleweight (1989).
  • Considered greatest Lightweight of all time.

6.  Larry Holmes:  69 – 6 – 0, 44 KO’s   (Heavyweight)

  • Made 20 successful title defenses, placing him only behind Wladimir Klitschko (22), and Joe Louis (25).
  • One of 5 men ever to defeat Muhammad Ali.
  • WBC heavyweight champion form 1978-83, TheRing Champion form 1980-85, & IBF champion form 1983-85.

5.  Willie Pep:  229 – 11 – 1, 65 KO’s   (Featherweight)

  • Fought a total of 1956 rounds over 241 fights in a 26 year career.
  • Ranked #1 Featherweight ever by the International Boxing Research Organization in 2005.
  • Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

4.  Muhammad Ali:  56 – 5 – 0, 37 KO’s   (Heavyweight)

  • The only 3-time Lineal Heavyweight Champion in boxing history.
  • Crowned “Sportsman of the century” by Sports Illustrated.
  • Won first heavyweight title in a huge upset against Sonny Liston.

3.  Joe Louis:  66 – 3 – 0, 52 KO’s   (Heavyweight)

  • Held World Heavyweight title from 1937-1949.
  • Holds the record for most successful consecutive title defenses for any division at 25.
  • Considered by most, the greatest Heavyweight of all time.

2.  Floyd Mayweather Jr:  49 – 0 – 0, 26 KO’s   (Welterweight)

  • Recently retired undefeated, tying Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0.
  • Won World Titles in 5 different weight classes.  (Super Featherweight, Lightweight, Junior Welterweight, Weltereight, Junior Middleweight).
  • Highest paid athlete in the world.

1.  Sugar Ray Robinson:  173 – 19 – 6, 108 KO’s   (Welterweight)

  • Had a 91 fight unbeaten streak from 1943-1951.
  • Widely considered the best boxer ever.
  • The Pound For Pound list was created because of him.


On october 26th of 1951, Joe Louis (64-3, 1NC, 52 KO’s) took on the fast rising Rocky Marciano (38-0, 33 KO’s at the time), in Madison Square Garden New York City.  The former Heavyweight champ Joe Louis was a slight favorite to win the fight against Marciano, and even outweighed him by 26 pounds.  Loius also had a 9 inch reach advantage over Marciano, and was clearly the bigger man.

In round 1, Marciano pressured Louis constantly, driving him back in to the ropes as he landed a huge right hand.  Marciano being the smaller man, wanted to make this an inside fight, and his shorter arms would actually play an advantage with the way he fought Louis.  Round 2, he continued the pressure, going to Louis’ body and head with thunderous shots.  Louis had no answer yet.

In round 3 though, Joe Louis would find his jab, and throw Marciano completely off of his game.  The frustrated Marciano, being outboxed, would start throwing wild right hands and missing the target consistently.  Round 4, Louis would finally stop Marciano from walking him down, as he continued to box and throw his jab.  He would also land a few power shots towards the end onf the round at close range, which of course were set up by the jab.  Round 5 would be more of the same from Louis, as Marciano looked like he didn’t know what to do.

In the 6th, Marciano would finally go back to his game plan, and Louis would not win another round.  The 7th was a pivotal round, as Rocky landed a huge left hook that momentarily stunned Louis.  And the 8th round would spell the end for who many considered the greatest champion of all time.  Marciano would proceed to land a hard left hook to the head of Louis that put him down for the first time in the fight.  Louis would get up and take two more devastating left hooks that would by followed by a hard right straight to the jaw.  That huge right hand would knock Louis straight through the ropes and out of the ring.  Louis would not be able to answer the 10 count, as Rocky Marciano would defeat the once great champion.