Posts Tagged ‘#MuhammadAli’

One of the greatest to ever step in to the squared circle has unfortunately left us from this world, to go on to a better place.  Muhammad Ali (56-5, 37 KO’s), sadly passed away yesterday, June the 3rd of 2016.  The news was a shocker to the boxing world as well as the world in general, when it was announced that Ali had passed, after his long battle with parkinson disease.  Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay, sadly passes at the age of 74, but will not soon be forgotten.  Ali was known for being an inspiring, controversial and polarizing figure both outside and inside the boxing ring.  Muhammad Ali remains the only 3 time Lineal World Heavyweight Champion of all time, and I would be surprised if that record was ever broken.

Who can forget when Ali (at the time known as Cassius Clay), knocked out the great Sonny Liston in only his 20th professional fight.  Or when he unfortunately lost “The Fight Of The Century” to Joe Frazier, and then beat him in the rematch “The Thrilla in Manilla”.  Or “The Rumble In The Jungle” when he knocked out George Forman.  “The Great One” has blessed the hardcore and casual boxing fan for so many year, and now that he’s gone, we reflect on all his achievements.  I would like to take this opportunity to replay Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Hits.  Rest in piece champ, you will be missed dearly.

MUHAMMAD ALI  —  GREATEST HITS

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE